I agree that the actions of a driver filmed eating a bowl of cereal whilst driving his car is extremely dangerous and can’t be condoned (Cyclist films a cereal offender, News, November 1).
If the driver is caught then the full force of the law should come down on him, however it is interesting that it is a cyclist who has filmed it. I often see cyclists doing many dangerous things such as the teenager who thinks it is smart to ride his cycle one-handed or even with no hands at all. Is behaviour such as that not just as dangerous as what the car driver has done?
Then there are the everyday occurrences such as cycling through red lights, the wrong way along one-way streets, on footpaths and not wearing/using lights and other safety equipment such as helmets and reflective clothing and even drunk/drug cycling.
If I remember correctly, was it not just recently where a spokesperson for a cycling lobby group refused to condemn the behaviour of cyclists who had been stopped by police for violating road traffic signs?
Some cyclists and their lobby groups are calling for strict liability laws where the driver of a motorised vehicle would automatically be considered at fault for any accident unless they can prove they’re innocent.
I call for fair treatment of all road users and for the same laws to apply to each and every one of us who use the roads. If cyclists want more rights then I suggest that they start paying road tax and insurance and face an MOT for the cycle and a test to prove that they are a competent rider with bans and points for those who are found guilty of dangerous acts of cycling.
Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth, Fife
Roads budget doubled to get the basics right
I am writing to set the record straight following the Evening News article on funding in the city (November 5).
This coalition has committed to increase spend on cycling by one per cent each year because we want to encourage active travel by investing in it and the city should be proud of this.
I agree that the council needs to get the basics right, this is why we have doubled the roads and pavements budget for this year. In addition, last week we agreed a report from a working group which closely examined the way the council prioritises its Roads and Pavements budget and made recommendations which will result in residential streets being included in the programme. Further, the council has increased the number of road and pavement inspectors, and inspections of roads reinstatement following work by utility companies is now at 100 per cent. We are also working with the utility companies on a Roads Ahead Agreement.
The cycling budget this year is therefore six per cent of the entire Transport Capital and Revenue budget and, where cycle lanes are introduced or improved, then potholes will be repaired as part of that process.
I am sure that your readers would appreciate clarification on the council’s position on this matter.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, Convener of Transport and Environment
Sign up to oppose police counter cuts
Well done Evening News for campaigning so fervently against the folly of police counter closures (News, November 1).
I am surprised that only about 1200 people signed your Save Our Stations petition. Over 3200 folk signed another recent SOS petition – Save Our Stockbridge. But the powers that be defied all good sense and granted consent to the Accies’ stadium development.
Maybe people now think public opinion does not count any more: protest is futile. Or maybe they suppose the closures are so crazy they will never happen.
I say to them, please think again.
Sign up and show Police Scotland that the overwhelming majority of Edinburgh citizens are strongly opposed to these cuts.
Alan Murphy, Learmonth Grove, Edinburgh
Only Lib Dems have pledged more powers
It is more in sorrow than in anger that I read Mr Russell’s comments that all the political parties are promising increased powers for the Scottish Parliament should independence be rejected (Letters, November 5).
In fact, only the Scottish Liberal Democrats through the Campbell Commission have actually come out with a pledge to increase powers. Both the Conservatives and Labour Party are undertaking “reviews” of the powers of the parliament. No pledge to increase the powers by these parties has in fact been made.
If Mr Russell knows more than this maybe he could outline what these increased powers are and when they will be introduced?
In addition, it is only the UK Government that has the ability to increase these powers and Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged no increase in financial powers. So even if the parties in Scotland desire change this may all prove to be rather academic.
One wonders if Mr Russell was one of those who in 1979 naively rejected a Scottish Assembly, comforted by the Tories’ call to vote against it and that they would bring in “something better?”
Alex Orr, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh
Dual carriageway is step in right direction
I was pleased to read that the proposed design of the first section of the A9 to be dualled as part of a £3bn project to upgrade the road is to be shown to the public (News, November 2). I believe the sooner work starts on this most notorious road then the better.
As many fatalities have occurred on it, it’s surely an absolute must that it be made safer and to make the A9 dual carriageway between Inverness and Perth is indeed a step in the right direction.
June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh, East Lothian