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  1. What is it about the documentation or their sources that make you believe it's not true? You need to be looking into it a bit more. The British International Freight Association were reporting on truck driver shortages across the whole of Europe as early as 2018. Reuters have been regular reporting about out delivery backlogs, surges in demand and other problems causing short supply on a range of goods affecting the USA and mainland Europe as well as the UK. Bloomberg has reported on shipping issues with fierce bidding wars to find limited places for containers which is affecting the delivery and chain of raw materials which manufacturers need to make their own goods. It is not some black and white problem and certainly not something the hot air blowers, opinionators and politicos can be fobbing off as simply a brexit issue. In any event, none of which is regard the topic at hand which is this hysteria self made crisis on fuel.
  2. So why dont people believe it when the fuel companies themselves are saying there is no shortage issues?? Let me guess, the people have a complete distrust in the corporate machine as much as they do the government. We really are doomed aren't we.
  3. Actually, I disagree. It is partly our fault. I have said before that people as a collective are dumb, reactionary, emotive. They are fuelled by the media whose agenda is less on facts and more on sensationalism to sell their papers. It is widely documented that there are driver shortages all over Europe at the moment. So those simplisticly chirping about brexit can do one. A private company makes it very clear that they had a small number of outlets which had a limited supply and yet 24-hours later half of the bloody country is out there are hysterical filling up their vehicles, which of course the media then reports all over the papers with dramatic headlines which fuelled even more to go out and do the same. This is all in the face of not only the government but several distributors and few operators all clearly stating there is no shortage. If people just calmed down and just fuelled when they needed as they would do normally - supply will flow around. So therefore people are dumb and people are to blame. Trying to pay this on the government as a trust issue is nonsense. This "crisis" is virtually being created by ourselves.
  4. I must have either been lucky or some of the news stories on the internet are all being hyped up. Went to Sainsbury's at peaks yesterday afternoon, no queues, no chaos, a couple of diesel pumps closed off but unleaded seemed plentiful. Similar story when I drove past my local independent garage which again did not have more than about 3 or 4 cars and no tailbacks down the road. Prepared to some of the horrendous scenes I've seen in the Sheffield Star about "motorist madness" I must be on a different planet. Maybe Morrisons and Tesco shoppers are a little bit more hysterical or selfish with their panic buying.
  5. Nice change of subject there because you don't have an answer. Maybe you should use a dictionary yourself to look at the word preferential Anyway, since it is still not relevant to the original point raised and you have still not provided any categoric evidence that the truck was at fault in this accident - I'm done with this conversation. I have better things to be doing today. It is clear what you stand for. I disagree. Time to draw a line under this.
  6. What you mean like closing off an entire road junction causing drivers to detour and reducing what was an arterial dual carriageway route from the city centre into a trundling single carriageway. That in my eyes is clear inconvenience to motorists and giving a favourable position to cyclists. In other words, preferential treatment. Without any such stupid installation of the temporary cycle lane both vehicle drivers and cyclists can still freely travel on it, use it and they could both still have equal access the various side roads. Do you get the point yet?
  7. You first. Come on. Money where your mouth is, since you starting beating this old drum and clearly making wild assumptions about some tragic accident to further your obvious agenda. It's been pointed out that clearly it is not possible to avoid every single potential risk of a cyclist crossing a live traffic junction and potentially coming into collision with another vehicle. It is clearly not feasible to apply completely segregated cycling infrastructure across every single part of the road network. It is clearly obvious that there has to be some compromise on the roads which are used by both cyclists and other vehicles. So go on, give some good reasons as to why exactly cyclists should have priority over other road users. Why should motorised vehicles be subjected to a seemingly increasing number of heavy restrictions, partial or entire road closures, detours, road narrowing or other such measures which obviously cause significant inconvenience just for the benefit of cyclists. Why should they get the preferential treatment?
  8. Yes but to do that, a perfectly legal access road leading to a specific location would have to be closed to vehicles. Thus the point is, unless we are going to close every single potential Junction where cyclist might crossover ( which is simply ridiculous) - this very same type of accident could have happened in a million other locations just as easily. A child of 5 can understand there has to be some compromise and there will always be some occasion when cyclists and other traffic are alongside each other. That comes with risk which is a simple part of life. Notwithstanding all this endless tit-for-tat argument, nobody has still proven categorically that the truck was at fault. Whose to say the injured cyclist wasn't to blame.
  9. How could the junction be closed if the cement mixer turned into it. When exactly did this accident you are banging on about happen? Are we talking in the past or recent times? It's not making sense. Why don't you actually go off and get some proper facts and then we might be able to have some sort of proper debate. The tweet you quoted in post #1110 does not show that the junction is "closed off" nor from looking at the photograph above does there appear to be any signs either. Therefore, if the truck was perfectly entitled to make a left turn into this Junction to access wherever questions have to be asked as to what the cyclist did. Like I said before, responsibility works both ways
  10. You still haven't provided one shred of evidence that the tipper truck is liable here. What about if your precious cyclist was riding recklessly. It's perfectly possible that the truck was patiently stopped, indicating to turn, then arrogant entitled cyclist comes flying past on the left side CAUSING an accident. As I said before, responsibility works both ways. Same sort of accident could have easily happened on any junction on any type of road. It could have even happened as a bike v pedestrian as there are many an opportunity where some arrogant cyclists comes flying up Fargate or down The Moor Despite your delusions, we don't cycle lane every single piece of tarmac. It's a traffic accident - that's all. Get over yourself.
  11. Yes it does need saying because no one has a clue what the hell you are going on about. You are not seriously suggesting that we should suddenly close all junctions and all roads just in case a cyclist happens to have an accident when a different vehicle happens to turn into it. It's an accident. It could have been the cyclist's fault. It could be the truck's fault. It could have even been both. For god sake stop with a speculation and dramatics. Someone choosing to wibble and wobble along a live carriageway has an element of risk. Stuff happens. No matter how good and how separate the cycling infrastructure there will always be some point when a bike meets vehicles. Junctions have to exist. As others have said, the cement truck was not turning left on some whimsy. They needed access to that particular location. A similar just as tragic accident could happen anywhere else tomorrow and the week after and the week after that.
  12. But people need to get around. Goods need to be transported. Services need to be maintained. Utilities have to be installed an upgraded. That ain't been done on the back of the bike. Even some of the most progressive cities particularly in the Nordic areas (even those offering totally free public transportation or heavy infrastructure involving cycling) still have great investment in their road systems to support the same. This is not one or the other and I think your comments are way off the mark. Flyovers and underpasses are the way to keep transport out of the close-knit central area and get it moving in, out and around far more efficiently. If what you see as "outdated, undesirable and a thing of the past" is reflected in the rest of the council planning department it explains so much about why we have the incompetent mess of a road system we have now
  13. Well unless we have the full context as to how and when it was brought up and what exactly was said we will never really know will we. Personally, as someone who doesn't follow any faith, I am often well above any sort of taboo or controversy when it comes to discussing death. To me it is a simple part of life that inevitablely should be prepared for and managed like any other aspect. The fact is we do have have overpopulation. We do have finite resources stretched to the limit. We do have lots of terminally ill or infirm people stuck in care who don't want to be suffering any longer. However those people are now forced into a situation because of the current laws.. As Anna has previously pointed out and I agree with, with the right level of controls and clear unequivocal consent I would support any motion to setting up a properly managed and available assisted dying service. People really should have the right to choose and I would much rather have them my doing it with dignity in a controlled environment rather than resorting to drastic actions which could severely impact many others. If anyone knows railtrack workers, train drivers or river police they will know exactly what I'm getting at.
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