Coronavirus = empty roads

Coronavirus = empty roads

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Boosted LS1

19,390 posts

218 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I think that's what they'd like us to do.

For me it's about common sense and being confined in your car isn't spreading anything. The last few days I've walked in the countryside near me and I've driven to get there. It's less then a mile. If I walked there I'd encounter people on the pavements.

Chubbyross

1,137 posts

43 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Yodafone said:
I think this confirms that we can't go for a drive frown

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2020-03-25/north-wa...
Selfish p**cks. I hope when they’re unwrapped from a tree the paramedics classify them as non-priority.

rosetank

634 posts

8 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Typical sensationalist BS from the Police.

V8fan

3,515 posts

226 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I went to Asda this morning. Roads on the way quiet, definitely people out driving at full chat because of this... frown

demic

138 posts

119 months

Wednesday 25th March
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A64 was lovely today. Camera vans still out though

rosetank

634 posts

8 months

Wednesday 25th March
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demic said:
A64 was lovely today. Camera vans still out though
Got to keep that revenue rolling

Woody John

759 posts

31 months

Wednesday 25th March
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More on the roads today than yesterday. I expect this trend to continue.

V8fan

3,515 posts

226 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Superleg48 said:
No you don’t. The extension only applies to cars with an MOT due from March 30th not those that have already had a test recently. Your car will still need to be MOT’d in Feb next year, assuming society has resumed some semblance of reasonableness.
Wrong. The emergency act is in force for 12 months. So, any vehicle with an MoT expiring between 31/03/20 and 30/03/21 gets a 6 month extension.

stumpage

1,845 posts

184 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Have to go into work each day as we are manufacturing items for medical equipment.

This week has been great only saw one car on the way home and the commute is being made in the TVR........for some reason the route to and from has got a lot longer each day!

Boosted LS1

19,390 posts

218 months

Wednesday 25th March
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You have to take the longer route to avoid the crowds.;-)

sharepointalex

120 posts

65 months

Thursday 26th March
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Boosted LS1 said:
I think that's what they'd like us to do.

For me it's about common sense and being confined in your car isn't spreading anything. The last few days I've walked in the countryside near me and I've driven to get there. It's less then a mile. If I walked there I'd encounter people on the pavements.
+1 on this, I drove with my daughter to a country park around 17:00 yesterday (about 4 miles away), deliberately because I thought it would be quite and she wanted to practice riding her bike.

Again it's all common sense, I can't see an issue with driving to a quieter place to do your excercise.

We've still not had any police roadblocks near me (yet).

95JO

1,789 posts

44 months

Thursday 26th March
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I went for my daily exercise at lunch yesterday and I was shocked how many people were out and about. What was even more weird was that most people were crossing the road to avoid walking directly past one another, very strange thing to witness.

Antony Moxey

5,372 posts

177 months

Thursday 26th March
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sharepointalex said:
+1 on this, I drove with my daughter to a country park around 17:00 yesterday (about 4 miles away), deliberately because I thought it would be quite and she wanted to practice riding her bike.

Again it's all common sense, I can't see an issue with driving to a quieter place to do your excercise.

We've still not had any police roadblocks near me (yet).
A lot of TV reporters/analysts are saying that this is wrong. I saw a police chief being interviewed on the news yesterday and he was asked that very question: can we drive to a place to carry out our daily exercise activity, to which the reply was a very emphatic no. It's not a necessary journey and if you're going for a walk/run/bike ride it should be from your front door, not a couple of miles away, even if, ironically, it would be quieter.

I've also seen on Facebook (I know, I know) reports of cars parked up at beauty spots having leaflets left under the wipers from the police asking why they were there, was it a necessary journey and a reminder that they should be exercising from home.

rosetank

634 posts

8 months

Thursday 26th March
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95JO said:
I went for my daily exercise at lunch yesterday and I was shocked how many people were out and about. What was even more weird was that most people were crossing the road to avoid walking directly past one another, very strange thing to witness.
Ah, you’ve met the in-laws then smile

sharepointalex

120 posts

65 months

Thursday 26th March
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Antony Moxey said:
A lot of TV reporters/analysts are saying that this is wrong. I saw a police chief being interviewed on the news yesterday and he was asked that very question: can we drive to a place to carry out our daily exercise activity, to which the reply was a very emphatic no. It's not a necessary journey and if you're going for a walk/run/bike ride it should be from your front door, not a couple of miles away, even if, ironically, it would be quieter.

I've also seen on Facebook (I know, I know) reports of cars parked up at beauty spots having leaflets left under the wipers from the police asking why they were there, was it a necessary journey and a reminder that they should be exercising from home.
Yeah I’ve literally just seen this from the Nottingham Post - https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/uk-world-news/...

So it looks like my drives out for exercise are no longer. Shops only then or of course helping others.

ARHarh

815 posts

65 months

Thursday 26th March
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Why do people think it is fine to drive to somewhere for exercise? Stay at home, exercise in your local area. North wales police are moving people on from beauty spots. A non local was removed from Snowden yesterday, and he asked the police where he could go to and not be sent home. If it happens again this weekend, like it did last weekend. The visitors will be physically removed by the locals, they are already preparing to block roads to the attractions. Expect parked cars to be removed by tractors, they have the kit and will no doubt use it.

kiethton

11,812 posts

138 months

Thursday 26th March
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The answer is then to just go shopping further away/near where you need to be...

I needed to get the summer tyres for the Exige so went to get them from the garage in Orpington, 6 miles away, but made sure I stopped by the offy to get a drink for that evening so I could evidence shopping.

Then after fitting the tyres, to make sure all was ok, needing to give the car a proper run and craving the pies, we drove to Morrisons in Crowborough to get them.

We're currently out of ice cream in the house, considering driving the long way to Camber/Hastings to get some this weekend. May then be able to combine it with some exercise and take a walk down the beach. If the car gets banned I'd just do the same on the push bike anyway

Antony Moxey

5,372 posts

177 months

Thursday 26th March
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kiethton said:
The answer is then to just go shopping further away/near where you need to be...

I needed to get the summer tyres for the Exige so went to get them from the garage in Orpington, 6 miles away, but made sure I stopped by the offy to get a drink for that evening so I could evidence shopping.

Then after fitting the tyres, to make sure all was ok, needing to give the car a proper run and craving the pies, we drove to Morrisons in Crowborough to get them.

We're currently out of ice cream in the house, considering driving the long way to Camber/Hastings to get some this weekend. May then be able to combine it with some exercise and take a walk down the beach. If the car gets banned I'd just do the same on the push bike anyway
It's a shame because attitudes like that are exactly why the government will crack down further with us ending up like Spain and the suchlike with police enforced clampdowns. From what you've described I'd suggest none of those journeys were even remotely necessary and suspect even now if stopped by plod you'd have a hard job convincing them you weren't just being a smart arse.

TCX

629 posts

13 months

Thursday 26th March
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kiethton said:
The answer is then to just go shopping further away/near where you need to be...

I needed to get the summer tyres for the Exige so went to get them from the garage in Orpington, 6 miles away, but made sure I stopped by the offy to get a drink for that evening so I could evidence shopping.

Then after fitting the tyres, to make sure all was ok, needing to give the car a proper run and craving the pies, we drove to Morrisons in Crowborough to get them.

We're currently out of ice cream in the house, considering driving the long way to Camber/Hastings to get some this weekend. May then be able to combine it with some exercise and take a walk down the beach. If the car gets banned I'd just do the same on the push bike anyway
Big sense of entitlement there,till it's replaced by a raking cough

JeremyBearimy

192 posts

186 months

Thursday 26th March
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Little word of warning for those enjoying the empty roads a little too much at the moment, speed awareness courses have currently been suspended.