YEP Letters: January 27

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Suggested improvements to bus lanes

John Dyson, Roundhay

May I say how promising the newly styled YEP is looking. I particularly found the recent front page headline and double page spread about bus lane fines informative (YEP, January 21).

However, reading all the expert comments, no acceptable solution appears to have been offered for we poor motorists, or the much-maligned councillors who 
are probably motorists themselves.

I’m 61 and have lived in Leeds all my life, passing my driving test in 1971 when driving was a pleasure.

I have had one bus lane fine. I had to collect an item in Bradford, near Forster Square, missed my turning and before I realised it was in a bus lane. I guess most people who transgress do so innocently like me.

Unlike shoplifters, who only occasionally are caught, a driver being illegally in a bus lane is immediately guilty.

I didn’t appeal but it was interesting to note that in Leeds only 25 per cent of drivers appeal successfully. I hope the remaining 75 per cent don’t have their fine doubled for late payment!

So what are my solutions? Well, as the President of the Automobile Association said, permanent bus lanes have cameras 24/7 when buses are only running for maybe half that time.

A valid point, but he failed to point out that other vehicles can sometimes use the bus lane; like me in my minibus, or taxi drivers.

If we must have permanent bus lanes they should have red tarmac – not just in Leeds, but everywhere.

So that leaves the intermittent bus lanes. When I see one I usually study the sign, then check the clock – not particularly safe when my eyes should be on the road.

Many motorists just simply stay out of any bus lane, 
causing unnecessary congestion. How about a timed, flashing light system? Green means anyone can use the lane and red means only authorised vehicles.

Another solution would be to install rumble bars on the approach to the lane. A 
physical trembling would surely grab the attention of even the most unobservant motorist.

I hope this is food for debate in the new YEP – and while we’re on the subject of motoring, I’ll leave you with one final thought.

If you’re a motorist, has anybody ever told you how to drive correctly over a speed bump?

Changes hit carers again

Mark Norris, Farnley

It seems David Cameron’s comments that carers deserve all the help the Government can give, as they save the country billions, is now being shown to be yet more lies.

From April this year, despite opposition from the select committee, protection from excessive charges for care costs for the genuinely disabled are being removed.

The new rules state that “the current prohibition on local authorities levying a charge that is more than reasonably practicable for the person to pay, has been removed”.

This means the disabled may now have charges levied by councils at a figure they can’t afford, which will not only impact on their lives but on the carers who in many instances have had no choice but to stop working to provide care.

This from a man who never shies away from mentioning his late disabled son, yet runs a Government that has seen over 10,000 disabled people suffer after being passed fit for work by ATOS.

People are being fed propaganda that everyone out of work is a scrounger, while the real vultures have their billions offshore in tax havens.

War factories on different sites

Jacki Lawrence, East Leeds History and Archaeology Society

Your article featuring the photograph of the Centurion tank built at the Royal Ordnance factory at Barnbow (YEP, January 24) perpetuates the misconception that the munitions factory from the First World War and the Royal Ordnance factory from the Second World War were on the same site.

This is not the case. Number One Shell filling factory (the site of the 1916 explosion) was situated at the bottom of Manston Lane on the left hand side.

The Royal Ordnance factory was at the top of Manston Lane on the right hand side. The sites are about half a mile apart.

The munitions factory was closed in 1919 after the First World War ended and was for a time used as a storage facility for the Ministry of Defence.

The site was completely cleared by 1933, some six years before the “tank factory” was built.

It is interesting to note that only six Centurion tanks were produced in time to be deployed in the Second World War and none of these actually fired a shot during the conflict.

We have just been advised that Leeds Civic Trust have placed an order for a Blue Plaque to be installed on the gates of the “tank factory” to commemorate the work done there.

The Trust hopes to install the plaque later this year, although I understand that despite generous sponsorship from Bellway Homes they are still somewhat short of the total amount needed to fund the installation.

Saudi king was despotic tyrant

Jack Banner, Meanwood

Am I alone in being totally bemused by the reaction of the civilised world to the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia?

He was a despotic tyrant who oversaw a totally corrupt regime. Those who disagreed with him were flogged in the street. Others were executed in public.

Women are hopeful that one day they will acheive the status of second class citizens.

The Union Flag was flown at half mast in London in his honour and I was struggling to understand why.

Then it hit me, Saudi Arabia along with many Gulf states of similar ill-repute, spend billions on arms contracts with the UK.

Where are your morals now, Cameron and co?

One good thing about cutbacks

Ivan Kovacs, Leeds

There is at least one good thing about cuts in council services.

As the council did not 
clear the majority of paths of snow and ice it made all the cyclists in my area go back to the road.

The elderly and infirm only had to worry about bad falls and not being knocked over.