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Mr Magoo should be crushed—along with his car!

PUBLISHED: 22:11 14 April 2009 | UPDATED: 14:16 05 October 2010

Dear Ed,THE latest wheeze by the transport gurus is to allow drivers to use the hard shoulder of motorways during peak times to “aid traffic.” But how often have you tried driving in or out of London only to be met by the Mr Magoo’ drivers toddling along in the outside lanes? Police don’t stop them!

Dear Ed,

THE latest wheeze by the transport gurus is to allow drivers to use the hard shoulder of motorways during peak times to “aid traffic.” They promise cameras to ensure the rules are not being flouted.

But how often have you tried driving in or out of London only to be met by the Mr Magoo’ drivers toddling along in the outside lanes? Police don’t stop them.

The motorway attracts the Magoo shallow gene pool like a magnet. Any talk of allowing traffic to use the hard shoulder is a joke. The inside lane has been there for 50 years and still not one of these lanes has endured the need of resurfacing—because Magoo drivers never use it.

These cameras they speak of should be used to give one warning to drivers who hog the middle or outside lane.

After that, any further offence should result in vehicle confiscation and crushing—probably with the driver still at the wheel!

This may seem a teensey-weensey bit over the top, but it would drastically aid cutting carbon emissions.

Cars would use the in road less time as they would arrive at their destinations quicker, with less fuel as we would not all being stuck in unnecessary congestion. Business would save a fortune with transport flowing freely.

If you can’t make the motorway this weekend—no worries. Just pop down Wapping Lane here in London’s East End and watch an entire population of Magoos in action.

The Highway Code stops as they turn off The Highway and into Wapping Lane, where it seems compulsory to stop on the zebra crossing zig-zag markings.

With that in mind, if ever police chase you for speeding, drunk-driving, no insurance or robbing a bank, head down Wapping Lane, park on the zig-zags outside the post office and instantly you become invisible.

John Rush

Lilley Close, Wapping


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