Point and stare at any helmet-less C1 riders as they ride illegally! I've just heard that Peter Parker (and all the other helmet-less C1 riders) have just lost their appeal in the High Court.Briefly - he won a case in Bedford magistrates last year but the CPS appealed the decision and the case was being heard in the High Court today. He lost.
Bit of a moot point anyway since they stopped making them. Still see quite a few about when I do bother to ride into town during rush hour. Biggest thumbs up to BMW go to the most ingenious aspect of the design - that they managed to make it possibly the least likely scoot of all to get nicked by the local yoof.
Big Nige wrote
One wonders if PP will take this to the European Courts as a violation in the Uk of rights that exist in Europe.Shame all the same.
Bit of a moot point anyway since they stopped making them. Still see quite a few about when I do bother to ride into town during rush hour.
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Read my mutterings:
Actually, there is a question of incompatability between EU legislations.
Mrs Justice Rafferty suggested that one avenue might be to seek a formal exemption from the regulations for C1 owners."
I really can't see how the helmet issue iro C1's is a human rights issue.
Although I am perfectly happy to believe BMW when they say the C1 is safer without than with a lid, I can see why the authorities won't go for it. To do so would be to define a whole new class of vehicles and the paperwork involved is immense. That's the civil service for you...
But why should that influence any judgement? Are judges' roles more than simply saying whether the law has or has not been broken? In this case it is quite clear it has since the helmet law applies to motorcycle (which the C1 is) riders.I know the consequences of losing a court battle for having had to look at them up close and personal, and wouldn't wish these troubles on Peter Parker. It's a shame that people who try to make society progress always have to pay such a high price for failing.
Thought an update was due after all these years......I am still driving the C1 lidless and still without any successful prosecutions
Sorry to you here who were gloating when I lost in the High Court but, evidently, it seems you did not take the time to understand what the implications of that "loss" were.
In short, snce the High Court decision I have been to court to answer to 5, yes 5, prosecutions that all ended with words to the effect of "Mr Parker we have found you guilty of the offence. However, under the circumstances and in consideration of the submitted grounds for mitigation, you are hereby given an absolute discharge without fine or costs awarded against you.
Cold weather approaching so its on with the heated seat and heated grips, comfortable behind my protective screen ......... now 9 years of lidless two wheeled enjoyment
Most police offices simply smile at me and some even wave these days Seems nobody actually won or lost in the legal stakes but the fact remains that i am still driving lidless as I wish to Luverly jubberly
what a fantastic way to revive a dead topic.
Pat on the back from me pal...
and well done for giving the man the finger and again and again and again, brilliant
yeah, well done mate.
On a slightly (only slightly mind) related topic... . . can you slam the front brakes on so hard it endo's ont it's roof and then back onto it's wheels?
That'd be cool
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