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Click to expand…Insurance, license, outstanding warrants, don’t happen at the road-side and all happen automatically via the police NPR system and they have that info before they’ve even tugged you, and I suspect that those are the main reasons that the rozzers stop anyone, and rightly so.

34 in a 30 is still speeding, although just below the ACPO guidelines for issuing an FPN. 7/10 times you’re going to get a lecture and sent on your way, but regardless of the guidelines you can still get nicked for 31 in a 30. It’s still speeding after all. The law is pretty clear in the UK as to what you can and can’t do and it you fall foul of it you can only look at yourself as the root cause of your grief with the law.

Over the last 10 years 75% of my UK two-wheeled mileage has been in central London. I honestly can’t remember the last time the police tugged me anything where I didn’t deserve it, and even then I can only think of one time where I brake-tested some wanker that wasn’t happy about being overtaken in a traffic jam and deliberately forced me into oncoming traffic. I brake-tested him to a total stop and was about to drag him out of his car when I felt plod’s hand on my shoulder and stopped me. They took me to one side and I explained what had happened and offered them my helmet-cam as evidence. They saw the incident, took my details, gave me a ticking off for having a red-mist moment and sent me on my way, and I left them dealing with the twat that had just tried to kill me. No one said anything about my loud exhaust or my black visor. They could have done me for dangerous driving, so I was lucky, but on reflection I think they reacted to the situation with an element of common sense and even sympathy. I’m not confident I’d have had the same treatment outside of the UK.

I don’t have a problem with having to contend with the law in any country if I’m the one at fault – be it speeding at 1mph over the limit, or whatever. I’ve managed to keep a clean license for a long time but just like a lot of people I’ve also done a speed awareness course once or twice over the years. Speeding is speeding and I’m sure you’re not arguing that it’s OK to be doing 34 in a 30? People do make mistakes and at least in the UK that is acknowledged and there is the provision for folk with a clean license to keep it clean if they made an honest mistake or had that momentary lapse in concentration. Good luck with that in France, because with empty pockets you’re being taken to a cash machine by a guy who’s been empowered to be judge, jury and executioner. You’re not getting an invite to a speed awareness course and they’re currently trying to link the French and UK license points systems so if you get clobbered in France it’s on your UK license – and of course, you’re already convicted at the roadside in France, so if it’s a momentary lapse of judgement you’ll be royally screwed.

As I understand it, all vehicles in France are required to have this sticker and paid their charge respective – so charging everyone, regardless. No incentive for anyone to be clean as far as I can tell, just charge everyone as it’s a wonderful new excuse to raise revenue.

In the UK, from April next year, will only apply to vehicles in "Ultra Low Emission Zones" that are not Euro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol car, or Euro 3 motorcycles after 2006 with some older than that. It runs alongside the congestion charge and uses the same system and so they already know if your vehicle is compliant or not. If you’ve got a Euro 3 compliant bike then you don’t have to worry, don’t need to pre-purchase a stupid sticker or anything. I see a lot of riders of old machines up in arms but if you’re part of the problem then I can’t see how you can whinge too much. There are a lot of cheap 10 year old bikes out there that are compliant do just because your 1988 BMW K100 or Honda C90 have been working so well for you doesn’t mean you’re not a polluter.

Click to expand…Any person wealthy enough also wouldn’t be stupid enough to continue paying at the rate which is due to be applied by this time next year. The notion that it wouldn’t motivate someone with money is ridiculous – you think people with money that probably spend a lot of their time establishing some level of tax efficiency would be happy to hand over money for a charge that they wouldn’t need to pay?

For the annual amount you would be charged you could finance a new car which would be exempt, easily. In fact, you’d be able to buy something clean enough to be exempt from congestion charge too, and use your vehicle for travel completely free of charges. Saving at least £20 per day would easily do that, and probably also pay for you to hitch up to an electric charging point too.

Just to put this into perspective and keep a sense of reality and dispel any myths that the scare-mongers at MAG will tell you, I’ll share something with you. I just did a check on my own car to see if I would have to pay to enter the current LEZ or the new ULEZ next year. I drive a 2010 Nissan GT-R. That’s right, it’s an 8 year old 3.8L V6 twin turbo making over 500bhp that struggles to do better than 18mpg avg in town. It’s a total gas guzzler, but guess what? It’s exempt from T-charge, LEZ and ULEZ charges.