The Concept.
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Driving Offences... continued.

[Details 1]

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Inconsiderate Driving.
Discourteous Driving.
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Inconsiderate Driving. 
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Most drivers can be... a bit inconsiderate or impatient at times... but again it is the persistent and blatant offenders who are the real problem.  There are always those who will do exactly what they want to regardless of the effect it has on others... they just don't seem to appreciate the concept that 'Rules' are made for the benefit of everyone... not just the convenience of a few!
Many 'Offences' in this section... deal with drivers who cause inconvenience or danger to other road users because of illegally... 'Stopping: Standing: Parking: or Waiting'.  If a driver happened to stop in places that was technically illegal but was causing no inconvenience to others then Road Supervisors could easily overlook it, but when it was clearly inconsiderate they might well report it.  

Road Sign, 'No Stopping Standing or Parking'.

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In a Bus lane.
It can be a real inconvenience for buses who have to pull out of their Bus lane into the ordinary traffic just because someone has decided they want to stop and 'pick up a newspaper', or something similar.
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In a Cycle lane.  
When someone parks across a cycle lane and blocks it, any cyclist needing to get around would probably have to move out on to the main busy Highway.  When a cycle lane has been built it is usually done with the specific intention of keeping cyclist safely separated from this other traffic. 
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In a Clearway.  
A 'Clearway' usually means No Stopping, by anyone for any reason, [though there may be some exceptions, like for Buses and Taxis, picking up and dropping off passengers.]  They may just operate at peak times, Mon- Fri. but illegally stopping in one can cause major hold-ups. 
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To close to a corner.  
Parking 'to close' [Highway code will give the exact details] to a corner is illegal and can cause real problems for drivers of long vehicles such as Buses: Coaches: and Trucks: when they are trying to negotiate tight corners.
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At a Taxi Stand.  
For most 'working vehicles' there is limited parking around Towns and Cities, so it is particularly frustrating if those spaces are being continuously taken up by others.
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In a Bus Stop.  
If someone is stopped or parked in a Bus stop when a Bus arrives it means the Bus may have to double park out in the road and cause a hold-up for many other road users as well as possible danger for their passengers.
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Across a driveway or entrance.
More likely to happen in busy Town and City centres than out in residential suburbs, but very frustrating for anyone to find that they cannot get into or out of their premises because someone has decided to park right across their entrance.
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Contrary to any sign...
detailing restrictions.  This is more of a general category.  There are restrictions of many kinds concerning parking so anyone that parks where they clearly should not, or causes inconvenience or danger to others, could find themselves being reported. 
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Causing a hold up...
due to poor parking procedure.  A little understanding is often required when it comes to parking because this is not a skill that every driver finds easy to master.  But, drivers should be aware of their own limitations, and not hold up long lines of traffic on a busy road while they attempt to back into a space three or four times.  When this is the case drivers should consider inconveniencing themselves by parking up a side street and walking rather than inconveniencing everyone else.
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Banging against other vehicles. 
This is a very common sight, basically we're talking about a lack of respect and thought for other peoples' property.  It may be done while trying to park bumper to bumper, it is often done when people carelessly throw open their car doors, banging against the vehicle parked next to them, it happens when people bang into other peoples' cars with their supermarket trolleys, or even when they just decide to sit on the front of someone's car which is parked in the street.
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At a school entrance.  
There is often a 'No Parking' sign immediately outside of school entrances.  During the morning and afternoon 'School Run' this is unlikely to be observed, as usually this entails parking anywhere and everywhere possible.  This is one time and place that could certainly benefit from having Road Supervisors around.
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At a pedestrian crossing.  
Parking 'to close' to a pedestrian crossing is both illegal and dangerous.  It restricts the view of both those that are trying to cross the road and those that are approaching the crossing.
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In a 'disabled' driver's...
parking space.  These are usually the most convenient and desirable parking spots and the vast majority of drivers would not even think about using them, but you always seem to get one or two, and that's all it takes to turn a good idea into something that is useless in practice.  These people do it because they are totally selfish and they know they can get away with it.  Under this proposed system how many times would they be able to pull off this stunt outside a busy supermarket and get away with it.  Road Supervisors would report them and Senior Road Supervisors would tell them to 'move it' or if they refused, could call the local Police.
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Those who were Road Supervisors and also specifically campaigned on issues concerning the disabled [or those entitled to use these spaces] might concentrate much of their efforts on eliminating this problem.
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In a space reserved...
for a special use.  This could be spaces that are specially reserved for... Mothers with young children: Postal collection vehicles: Delivery vehicles: Construction vehicles: etc. etc.  It is often quite obvious that a particular vehicle should not be parking in such a space.
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Double parking.  
Often happens in the centre of busy towns and cities: [in a variety of different ways] and can cause traffic to grind to a virtual halt.  In many cases it will be done by working vehicles, like... couriers: taxis: and delivery vehicles: who may have very little practical alternative if their parking requirements are not being met.  
One common scenario... occurs when drivers are 'going around the block' searching for a parking spot and stop the moment they see someone about to get into their vehicle.  It might be several minutes before all the passengers are on board and the driver is ready to pull away.  In the mean time traffic could be building up and this might end up causing total gridlock further back down the street.

Narrow City Street, with parked cars.

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Parking to close to...
another vehicle.  When parking in a line, bumper to bumper, drivers are meant to leave a gap of about 3 feet: [1 metre] which is not always possible, but, drivers should be aware that parking just a few inches away from someone else may not leave them enough room to get out again.  When parking side by side, it can also be very inconvenient if someone parks right on [or over] the line, leaving another driver with insufficient space to get back into their vehicle.  In is also more likely that someone's car will have its paint work damaged if a person has to struggle to get their door open wide enough to get in.
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Driving without reasonable...
consideration for others.  This is a very general term which means that any behaviour which does not take into account the likely adverse effects that it will have on others could be reported.
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Blocking an intersection.  
May happen by accident if there is a restricted view of an intersection.  Can happen if someone stops unexpectedly on the other side of the intersection: [for instance, double parking while waiting for a spot:] leaving those behind stuck with nowhere to go.  Or it might be done deliberately: drivers might clearly see that they will block an intersection but do not want to wait for another change of lights, so pull across anyway.
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Failing to proceed at a green light.
Often happens at left or right turn filters: [due to lack of attention] when waiting drivers start looking at a street directory: [or reading: eating: putting on makeup: etc.] and are still distracted when the lights change to green.  They may be grateful for a quick toot of the horn to get their attention: [not a long blast of the horn] as they are almost certainly not missing their green light on purpose.  This can be very frustrating for others who are in a hurry and are being held up because another driver is not paying attention.
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Illegal use of a Bus lane.  
These lanes may be for the use of Buses only, or possibly Taxis as well: a plate by the roadside should give details: but, basically they are for the use of Public Service Vehicles and not Private Vehicles.  This is very much a question of degrees: many drivers will encroach: or stray into a Bus Lane in order to... make a turn: or to pass another vehicle which has stopped, and is waiting to make a turn.  But relatively few will use it to extreme whereby they deliberately use the Bus Lane to by-pass long lines of traffic: it is only the latter group that need to be targeted.
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Illegal use of a Transit lane. 
Who may legally use a Transit lane may vary from place to place, or may have a completely different name.  Usually it can be used by Buses: Taxis: and any vehicle with enough occupants: [this could be 2: 3: or 4] but is a system that is often abused unless it is carefully Policed.  Same as above.
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Holding up traffic...
by using the wrong lane.  At times drivers may accidentally find themselves in the wrong lane: i.e. a turn left: or turn right lane: when they want to go straight on.  When it isn't possible to move over into the straight-on lane, many drivers will just come to a stop and hold up all the traffic behind them: [who are in the correct lane] the simple answer to their problem?  Although the situation may have been caused by their error... instead of making the turn and inconveniencing themselves... they will just sit there and inconvenience everyone else... the onus should always be on a driver to 'pay the price' of their own mistakes.
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Driving to the front of a queue... 
before changing lanes.  Very similar to the offence above, but often done deliberately: [may not actually hold up anyone else] and can be extremely annoying.  For instance, drivers who are intending to make a turn, stay in the straight-on lane: [by-passing a long line of vehicles who are queuing in the correct lane] once they get up to the traffic lights, they push in right at the very front of the queue.
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Using a forecourt to...
by-pass traffic lights.  Where filling stations are located on the corner of busy junctions, there will inevitably be the odd driver who will use the forecourt to try and save a couple of minutes, when the traffic lights are against them.  When they want to make a turn they drive in the entrance, around the pumps and straight out the other side.  There are usually people walking around the area buying fuel so it isn't the safest place to use as a shortcut, it isn't what the forecourt is intended for and this would cause bedlam if everyone did it!
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Anti-social.  
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The following group of offences... might be seen all at the same time, particularly from young male drivers: [and especially when they are out with friends] who will often use their vehicles as a way of displaying anti-social behaviour.  In many cities young drivers will go 'cruising' in their cars or on their motorbikes where they wish to 'be seen', sometimes turning up in large numbers and causing a major headache for Police, other drivers and residents.  A large number of cars all acting in this way [as described below] can be very intimidating and create an atmosphere of lawlessness, where drivers will try to 'out do' each other with increasingly outrageous behaviour.  Not wishing to spoil anybodies' 'fun', but! if you lived in an area where this was a real problem at least local residents would be in a position to go out and do something about it, just mingle with the crowd and start taking down the registration numbers of the worst offenders, and report them. 
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Drive like a maniac in front of thousands of onlookers and how long would 100 points last?
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Discarding rubbish...
from a vehicle.  By no means limited to this group, people throwing rubbish out of their vehicles is an all to common sight.  Sometimes it is just a thoughtless habit, for instance, throwing cigarette butts out of the window: and sometimes it is deliberate anti-social act, like throwing out bags of junk food waste: cans: or bottles.
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Creating excessive noise.  
Often most notable late at night when most people are asleep.  Might include... load music: use of a horn: the slamming of car doors: and very loud voices: which all shows a great lack of consideration and respect for others.
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Excessively loud music.  
Just as people have a 'right' to listen to whatever music they like, they also have a 'right' not to have other peoples' noise inflicted upon them.  For most this is not a problem, they will play their music at a volume which they can easily hear inside their vehicle, but does not disturb anyone on the outside.  Then there are those cars which you can hear coming down a busy street from at least 100 metres away, music so loud that the car is literally vibrating.  Again the message is clear: 'we will do whatever we like and we don't care what effect it has on anyone else'!
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It is also recommended... in the 'Highway Code' that drivers should not have their music to loud... because, it will mask the sounds that your vehicle is making... and you cannot hear anything going on outside the vehicle which you may need to respond too.  Also, recent studies have shown that people start to drive with the rhythm of their music... if it is loud... fast... and with a heavy beat... they are much more likely to drive in a fast, aggressive manner.
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Using horn late at night. 
Not because it is necessary, but done for the sole purpose of making a noise and deliberately trying to get attention and annoy other people.
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Unnecessary use of a horn.  
Similar to the above but done at any time of the day.  Might be done just to make a noise and attract attention, or could be done loud and aggressively as a way of intimidating other drivers, or just because of impatience.
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Excessive revving.  
Something commonly done by cars which are 'cruising'.  Either the car is in neutral, or the clutch is partially depressed and the accelerator is pumped giving a 'vroom: vroom: vroom' effect.  Then if the clutch is quickly let up, the car can take off with plenty of wheel spin.
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Deliberately skidding. 
Can be done in a straight line with the footbrake or done as the front wheels are turned, applying the handbrake so the car could end up facing back the way it has just come from.
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Deliberate wheel screeching.  
Is easily done by accident in multi-storey car parks, but on a normal road it won't happen unless the engine is revved hard and the clutch let up very quickly.  Something similar can be done on dirt or gravel, but instead of wheel screeching, dust and/or stones are kicked up into the air. 
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Discourteous Driving. 
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This section covers... the way drivers [or passengers] behave towards each other... rather than what they do with the vehicle.  Anything that resulted in... 'damage to property' or 'physical assault' could be dealt with under the next section... as an 'Incident Report'.  All the types of behaviour listed below can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for other people: [particularly the more vulnerable members of society,] so again... drivers would be judged on their ability to 'Interact' in an acceptable manner with their fellow road users.
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Threatening behaviour. 
The worst kind of behaviour, [short of actual assault] where someone might actually get out of their vehicle looking for a confrontation... threatening assault: being very aggressive: shouting: swearing: blowing their horn: etc.
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Aggressive behaviour.  
Not as bad as the above, but may be similar and still very intimidating.  Could even include such things as... being aggressively stared at by those in the vehicle next to you while stopped at a set of traffic lights.
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Verbally abusing others.  
Shouting: swearing: name calling: derogatory remarks: and the like.  Usually, begins because a person is feeling aggrieved or slighted for some reason: [such as... someone has pulled out 'right in front of them'] which could actually be something very minor: but some drivers start their journeys already 'stressed out' and ready to explode at the slightest thing.
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Verbal harassment.  
Not as bad as the above: may be a more conversational form of harassment... whistling: lewd remarks: obscene comments: etc. or any unwelcome attention which can leave a person feeling uncomfortable.  Some may even think that they were just being 'friendly' or 'amusing', but if they received a couple of Reports then they might realise that others do not always see them in this way.
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Making obscene hand gestures.  
There are a whole range of hand signals which are commonly used to give offence to someone else.  It is always better to refrain from giving them, or responding to them.
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Other. 
Anything not covered by the above.  Not all behaviour will fit neatly into a category: sometimes a longer explanation may be required.
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Some 'offences' classified... as 'Discourteous' may seem rather petty... and if that were the case, then again, they could simply be ignored.  However... many cases of 'Road Rage' start out as petty exchanges between drivers which gradually escalates to something much more serious.  If a driver makes a 'mistake' and someone blows their horn at them... they could respond in two entirely different ways.  They could just raise their hand... as if to acknowledge their 'mistake': [even if they didn't think they had made one] in which case the situation would probably be defused right there... or they could make an obscene hand gesture... which would probably make the situation worse... and may then escalate to verbal abuse? aggression? threats? and even physical assault?
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The Bottom line is... 
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Treating other people with courtesy and respect costs nothing... and it makes life a little more pleasant for everyone!
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