Reasonable Man

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  1. By your evangelistic approach I've never met a Traffic Officer who was not a hypocrite and we would have struggled to get the cars on the road as most officers would have lost their ticket. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I did what I needed to pass and then drive like the rest of the cops after their course. 'Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.' Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. The Highway Code is not the law, just guidance. I undertake like this nearly every day on my way to work. There's a 3-5 mile section of motorway that is very busy approaching two busy junctions half a mile apart. The middle lane usually goes along at about 50 mph with lanes 1 and 3 doing about 40. When you pass the first junction lane 1 speeds up and goes faster than lanes 2 or three. I often undertake in close proximity to a marked police car as there is a traffic centre just off the motorway. Those officers could stop hundreds of us drivers if they thought it was a serious crime, but then they'd have to stick themselves on as well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. What you describe would not be dangerous driving - A person drives dangerously when: ~ the way they drive falls far below the minimum acceptable standard expected of a competent and careful driver; and ~ it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous. Thousands of people do what you describe every day without being prosecuted. You may become unstuck if one of the slow movers on your right decides to move into lane 1 as you are passing and there is a collision. You will argue that they should have looked first and they will say you shouldn't have been undertaking. You are likely to get done.
  5. There is no clear answer. It depends on the exact circumstances at the time and the opinion/attitude of the police officer who sees you doing this. The Highway Code allows for traffic moving faster than that in a lane to the right to pass the slower traffic but the HC is not the law and some eager beaver could say you are driving carelessly or recklessly. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Very simple sums - Constable with 30 years pensionable service will be on £37,254. So a full pension will be £24,836. If you stopped paying contributions at 30 years then this will always be your starting pension when you retire. If you stay another year and keep paying contributions you will pay out £4,098 (plus a bit more for when you get the pay rise). As it is tax free then if you stop paying contributions you will be better off by £3,278 for the year (plus the bit). In 1 year your salary will be 1% more - £37,627 so your full pension will be £25,085 = £249 more for £3,278 contributions. You will break even at just over 13 years. If, like me, you intend on drawing your pension for at least as long as you paid in then you will draw back £7,470 for a £3,278 investment. Of course if you die after a year of pension you'd be worse off, but you wouldn't care. As said these are very simple sums and if you take a lump sum so have a reduced pension there are many variables to include. It also depends on how long more you serve and what the pay rises are over that time. Hence you need to ask a professional financial/pension adviser. Or Cheese? Where's Cheese? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Eh? The what now? There are no pension, or financial experts in the Federation. Their stock answer is that they don't give financial advice. And the pay dept will tell you to contact the pension provider, who will give you facts and figures but no advice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. No. She would be fully protected on the final salary scheme. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. As it's a final salary pension then your pension is based on salary at the time you retire or stop paying into it. Your benefit or not of continuing to pay contributions depends on how long and how much your salary increases between 30 years service and retirement. It may be that with 1% pay rise cap it will take a long retirement to recoup the contributions but if your salary increased by more e.g. you were promoted then it would be worth it. Best get proper financial advice before just stopping contributions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. What forces are already giving 3 extra days off? Here is a Chief publicly stating that he is trying to improve the lot of the staff to reduce people leaving, including exploring pensions and financial aspects. If he was in the Government's pocket and not going to 'fight for us' then why has he put himself out there publicly saying he is? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Tesla is the leader with rapid acceleration 0-60 in But expensive at £50k. An area that is rapidly developing and probably in 10 years we will be struggling to find a new fossil fuelled car. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Discretion. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Not sure if it is national but in the force where I currently work you can be posted anywhere within 30 miles of where you live. As your shift pattern is not changing then nothing to consider there. Your Federation Rep is the one to ask as s/he will know Police Regs and any local agreements. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. If it was locally resolved then you should have been told about your right to appeal to the Chief Constable or IPCC. You don't say what your complaint was though and if it was about a policy or procedure that was followed rather than the actions of an individual officer then you have no right of appeal. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Pedant alert. Every £ given to someone from the Government coffers is paid for by 30,000,000 income tax payers (23p) with the rest coming from other Treasury income. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk