Chilling warning over ‘tanking’ in East Lancashire

Chilling warning over ‘tanking’ in East Lancashire

Chilling warning over ‘tanking’ in East Lancashire

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy news editor

POLICE are urging winter motorists to ensure their vehicles are fit to drive before setting off on journeys.

Officers yesterday pulled over a driver in Colne for ‘tanking’ – driving with only a tiny part of the windscreen cleared of ice.

The motorist was stopped in Craddock Road, near the town’s police station. Police said some drivers are setting off with their windscreens still frozen, leaving visibility virtually impossible.

Officers have released this photo in the hope it will show other drivers just how dangerous, and irresponsible, it can be.

Sergeant Claire Pearson, from the Road Policing Unit, said: “It is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle that is not suitable to be on the road.

Drivers need to make sure they fully de-ice their cars before they set off. If they drive vehicles still frozen, or iced up, they are not only increasing the chances of being involved in a collision, but are also putting other road users at risk.”

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10:47am Wed 12 Dec 12

useyourhead says...

that's appalling, it looks like a business vehicle too, which makes it even worse.
that's appalling, it looks like a business vehicle too, which makes it even worse. useyourhead
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11:22am Wed 12 Dec 12

clickhere says...

Appalling, but not uncommon. Just think if the driver had also been on his mobile whilst smoking a fag... and perhaps finishing his breakfast.
Appalling, but not uncommon. Just think if the driver had also been on his mobile whilst smoking a fag... and perhaps finishing his breakfast. clickhere
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12:09pm Wed 12 Dec 12

shytalk says...

clickhere wrote:
Appalling, but not uncommon. Just think if the driver had also been on his mobile whilst smoking a fag... and perhaps finishing his breakfast.
And that's just the traffic patrol officer.
[quote][p][bold]clickhere[/bold] wrote: Appalling, but not uncommon. Just think if the driver had also been on his mobile whilst smoking a fag... and perhaps finishing his breakfast.[/p][/quote]And that's just the traffic patrol officer. shytalk
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12:26pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

Mmmm, nice to see both the appalling driver and the police car parked on a single yellow line, probably during restricted hours as well. Evidence in colour. What time did this take place, maybe they both need another fixed penalty fine.
Don't thank me, I'm a traffic warden and I book everything. I particularly like hiding and then dashing out to slap one on.
Mmmm, nice to see both the appalling driver and the police car parked on a single yellow line, probably during restricted hours as well. Evidence in colour. What time did this take place, maybe they both need another fixed penalty fine. Don't thank me, I'm a traffic warden and I book everything. I particularly like hiding and then dashing out to slap one on. Return of the Magnificent se7en
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12:35pm Wed 12 Dec 12

hasslem hasslem says...

as someone who drove off from home with my car in a similar state - i can confirm it is completely idiotic.
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i drove 10 yards before pulling up and realising how stupid i had been.

the situation is even worse when your windscreen catches the low morning sun and effectively blinds you.

better to wait and be safe.
as someone who drove off from home with my car in a similar state - i can confirm it is completely idiotic. . i drove 10 yards before pulling up and realising how stupid i had been. the situation is even worse when your windscreen catches the low morning sun and effectively blinds you. better to wait and be safe. hasslem hasslem
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1:00pm Wed 12 Dec 12

happycyclist says...

Cyclists have no chance with motorists like this.
Cyclists have no chance with motorists like this. happycyclist
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1:40pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Swift and Bold says...

Return of the Magnificent se7en wrote:
Mmmm, nice to see both the appalling driver and the police car parked on a single yellow line, probably during restricted hours as well. Evidence in colour. What time did this take place, maybe they both need another fixed penalty fine.
Don't thank me, I'm a traffic warden and I book everything. I particularly like hiding and then dashing out to slap one on.
In these circumstances I don't think it matters that the van and police vehicle are on yellow lines.......what matters is that the police officer saw the need to stop the van as soon as possible thus preventing it driving an further in the condition it was in. A bit of discretion and common sense being used.
[quote][p][bold]Return of the Magnificent se7en[/bold] wrote: Mmmm, nice to see both the appalling driver and the police car parked on a single yellow line, probably during restricted hours as well. Evidence in colour. What time did this take place, maybe they both need another fixed penalty fine. Don't thank me, I'm a traffic warden and I book everything. I particularly like hiding and then dashing out to slap one on.[/p][/quote]In these circumstances I don't think it matters that the van and police vehicle are on yellow lines.......what matters is that the police officer saw the need to stop the van as soon as possible thus preventing it driving an further in the condition it was in. A bit of discretion and common sense being used. Swift and Bold
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3:20pm Wed 12 Dec 12

goz says...

Is there any difference visibility wise between clearing a patch off to drive or wearing a burka ?? I de-ice my car fully every morning but would certainly appeal against any fine for "tanking" whilst its currently legal to drive round wearing an article of clothing that restricts viewing.
Is there any difference visibility wise between clearing a patch off to drive or wearing a burka ?? I de-ice my car fully every morning but would certainly appeal against any fine for "tanking" whilst its currently legal to drive round wearing an article of clothing that restricts viewing. goz
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3:20pm Wed 12 Dec 12

goz says...

Is there any difference visibility wise between clearing a patch off to drive or wearing a burka ?? I de-ice my car fully every morning but would certainly appeal against any fine for "tanking" whilst its currently legal to drive round wearing an article of clothing that restricts viewing.
Is there any difference visibility wise between clearing a patch off to drive or wearing a burka ?? I de-ice my car fully every morning but would certainly appeal against any fine for "tanking" whilst its currently legal to drive round wearing an article of clothing that restricts viewing. goz
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4:48pm Wed 12 Dec 12

andrewsmith says...

Swift and Bold wrote:
Return of the Magnificent se7en wrote:
Mmmm, nice to see both the appalling driver and the police car parked on a single yellow line, probably during restricted hours as well. Evidence in colour. What time did this take place, maybe they both need another fixed penalty fine.
Don't thank me, I'm a traffic warden and I book everything. I particularly like hiding and then dashing out to slap one on.
In these circumstances I don't think it matters that the van and police vehicle are on yellow lines.......what matters is that the police officer saw the need to stop the van as soon as possible thus preventing it driving an further in the condition it was in. A bit of discretion and common sense being used.
Its usually one law for us commoners and another for the police. The Telegraph reported the incident involving a police car last week and had said the story would be reported the following day. I for one are still waiting for it! Come on LET STOP REPORTING ON SELECTIVE INCIDENTS.
[quote][p][bold]Swift and Bold[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Return of the Magnificent se7en[/bold] wrote: Mmmm, nice to see both the appalling driver and the police car parked on a single yellow line, probably during restricted hours as well. Evidence in colour. What time did this take place, maybe they both need another fixed penalty fine. Don't thank me, I'm a traffic warden and I book everything. I particularly like hiding and then dashing out to slap one on.[/p][/quote]In these circumstances I don't think it matters that the van and police vehicle are on yellow lines.......what matters is that the police officer saw the need to stop the van as soon as possible thus preventing it driving an further in the condition it was in. A bit of discretion and common sense being used.[/p][/quote]Its usually one law for us commoners and another for the police. The Telegraph reported the incident involving a police car last week and had said the story would be reported the following day. I for one are still waiting for it! Come on LET STOP REPORTING ON SELECTIVE INCIDENTS. andrewsmith
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6:57pm Wed 12 Dec 12

liddle 'un says...

goz wrote:
Is there any difference visibility wise between clearing a patch off to drive or wearing a burka ?? I de-ice my car fully every morning but would certainly appeal against any fine for "tanking" whilst its currently legal to drive round wearing an article of clothing that restricts viewing.
good point!
[quote][p][bold]goz[/bold] wrote: Is there any difference visibility wise between clearing a patch off to drive or wearing a burka ?? I de-ice my car fully every morning but would certainly appeal against any fine for "tanking" whilst its currently legal to drive round wearing an article of clothing that restricts viewing.[/p][/quote]good point! liddle 'un
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8:41pm Wed 12 Dec 12

real betis hotpot says...

liddle 'un wrote:
goz wrote:
Is there any difference visibility wise between clearing a patch off to drive or wearing a burka ?? I de-ice my car fully every morning but would certainly appeal against any fine for "tanking" whilst its currently legal to drive round wearing an article of clothing that restricts viewing.
good point!
So you could say that drivers who wear burkhas are all guilty of tanking. Muslim women what a load of tankers.
[quote][p][bold]liddle 'un[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goz[/bold] wrote: Is there any difference visibility wise between clearing a patch off to drive or wearing a burka ?? I de-ice my car fully every morning but would certainly appeal against any fine for "tanking" whilst its currently legal to drive round wearing an article of clothing that restricts viewing.[/p][/quote]good point![/p][/quote]So you could say that drivers who wear burkhas are all guilty of tanking. Muslim women what a load of tankers. real betis hotpot
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9:29pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Sid James says...

So liddle 'un thinks wearing a burqa restricts viewing, how would he know? A burqa by itself does not cover a face, its a seperate small piece of item, called a niqab which does. May be he should try on the niqab to first find out before commenting.
I know a family where the woman has been driving with a niqab on almost everyday for the last 12 years or so and has never had a single accident. In fact how many accidents do you come across that are caused by women wearing such garments. None compared with those that are caused by drink and drivers and other lunatics we see on our roads.
So liddle 'un thinks wearing a burqa restricts viewing, how would he know? A burqa by itself does not cover a face, its a seperate small piece of item, called a niqab which does. May be he should try on the niqab to first find out before commenting. I know a family where the woman has been driving with a niqab on almost everyday for the last 12 years or so and has never had a single accident. In fact how many accidents do you come across that are caused by women wearing such garments. None compared with those that are caused by drink and drivers and other lunatics we see on our roads. Sid James
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3:25pm Thu 13 Dec 12

goz says...

Sid James wrote:
So liddle 'un thinks wearing a burqa restricts viewing, how would he know? A burqa by itself does not cover a face, its a seperate small piece of item, called a niqab which does. May be he should try on the niqab to first find out before commenting.
I know a family where the woman has been driving with a niqab on almost everyday for the last 12 years or so and has never had a single accident. In fact how many accidents do you come across that are caused by women wearing such garments. None compared with those that are caused by drink and drivers and other lunatics we see on our roads.
Ahh now then, I have in fact tried to drive in a jibjab or whatever you call it and believe me it does affect the peripheral Vision so much that at junctions its difficult to see vehicles approaching from the right. And as far as "no accidents goes then maybe shes been lucky or maybe shes just carried on blissfully unaware of the carnage shes left behind, I for one have had a near miss due to someone wearing a jibjjab not looking properly at a junction.
[quote][p][bold]Sid James[/bold] wrote: So liddle 'un thinks wearing a burqa restricts viewing, how would he know? A burqa by itself does not cover a face, its a seperate small piece of item, called a niqab which does. May be he should try on the niqab to first find out before commenting. I know a family where the woman has been driving with a niqab on almost everyday for the last 12 years or so and has never had a single accident. In fact how many accidents do you come across that are caused by women wearing such garments. None compared with those that are caused by drink and drivers and other lunatics we see on our roads.[/p][/quote]Ahh now then, I have in fact tried to drive in a jibjab or whatever you call it and believe me it does affect the peripheral Vision so much that at junctions its difficult to see vehicles approaching from the right. And as far as "no accidents goes then maybe shes been lucky or maybe shes just carried on blissfully unaware of the carnage shes left behind, I for one have had a near miss due to someone wearing a jibjjab not looking properly at a junction. goz
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