Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Are you safe behind a personalised registration?

After the recent(ish) stupidity (from ‘The Church’ would you believe?) in Glasgow when a registration number featuring the letters ‘FTP’ was offered for sale (I still don’t understand what is wrong with File Transfer Protocol), I’ve wondered if it’s safe to even have some numbers on your car if a supposedly responsible organisation takes that attitude to something that has been around for years. Many years in fact, as the numbers are ‘dateless’, having no prefix or suffix year letter. Numerous vehicles have been circulating on the streets (including Glasgow) for years, with no problem. Some have lived near me, but I never thought of them as being worthy of a pic, or adding to my ‘collection’.

Now, with a supposedly responsible organisation (‘The Church’) creating a fuss over nothing AND irresponsibly whipping up emotions, one has to wonder about personal safety if the likes of mad activist groups such as political extremists, or Excretion Revulsion decide to target cars/drivers if they deem their numbers as ‘unacceptable’.

A couple of examples that come to mind…

Glasgow Taxi [2 SNP]

Glasgow Taxi [2 SNP]

Anon donated pic (an email offering inspired by my ‘The illegals’ series), so no idea where this one lives…

2011 Range Rover [PO11 UTE]

2011 Range Rover [PO11 UTE]

07/06/2019 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Real Health & Safety Executive distances itself from nutters

LOOK where you're going!

LOOK where you're going!

In an odd coincidence, after I posted about the Health and Safety nutter brigade yesterday, what popped up on this morning’s BBC breakfast news programme, but the REAL Health & Safety Executive (HSE), with a spokesperson stating that they are not the source of the crazy rules and regulations often created by over-zealous individuals (not connected with them) in their name.

The problem, as I have noted before, was put down to a combination of factors, not least of which were the parents who want their children swaddled in cotton-wool lest they get a scratch, and the legal option which is brought into play to sue anyone and everyone if there is any sort of incident, leading teachers and headmasters to rule out any sort of activity in their schools that might lead to an injury.

Examples quoted included the banning of running in the playground, the now well-known conker ban, and now it seems that the humble sticking plaster is outlawed because it might lead to an allergic reaction in a few children.

As the representative from the real HSE noted, the requirements they set out include the need to carry out and record a proper Risk Assessment, but it doesn’t follow that anything identified within that assessment has to be immediately banned to eliminate, and that responses to identified risks should be reasonable. As they note, risk is a normal part of life, as is learning how to deal with it, and there is a danger that children will be at greater risk thanks to the well-meaning, but misguided attempts to eliminate it.

I’m reminded by that analysis of some of the disasters which have been found to follow the prevention of small forest fires. Although these seemd to be undesirable, they actually consumed combustible material on the forest floor, and prevented its build up. Unfortunately, it seems that preventing these smaller fires allows the material to build up, and if not cleared there is a greater danger when a fire does eventually start, as the supply of fuel is so much greater, as are the consequences.

19/06/2009 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment


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