I've been driving an assortment of different vehicles, commercial and private, both here and in five different countries for in excess of forty years. I still have a clean licence and until such time as I lose my competence I shall carry on driving. Rest assured when the time comes for me to pack it in I will.
As I have 100,000 miles a year for many years in most of the UK and in Europe. Its the roads and density of traffic have changed if you break down now there is no forgiveness and you can not repair it on site any more.
Havering had 44 pay and display machines sat in a shed which they paid over two hundred thousand pounds for. Wouldn't it make more sense to change these old outdated machines for new ones. A council spokesman did say these machines will be used to replace others in the borough.
Funny you should say that OC but every Saturday when I pick Little Miss D1 up from her stage school and we usually visit either Iceland or Aldi on the way home and the shopping trolleys in both stores take either the old or new pound coins.
I did ask the manager in Aldi and he told me the shape of the new coin made no difference as both the old and new fitted the trolleys.
As for our wonderful administration perhaps you may like to ask the totally useless head of neighbourhoods Steve Moore the question why the new pound coins don't fit the parking meters.
Could it be heaven forbid that our lovely parking wardens can issue tickets for not paying parking charges despite the fact that meters wont take the new coins?
I did laugh at a neighbourhood meeting in Rush Green last month when Moore was bragging about spot fines and prosecutions of litter louts in the borough and when he was asked how many fines and prosecutions had taken place he didn't know.
Highly effective policy then.