Rickshaw racing on London streets…

Posted: April 11, 2012 in Environment, Law & Disorder

….too late for Olympics though.

A rickshaw driver caught racing a rival through heavy traffic has been ordered to pay a £245 penalty.

Md Islam, 21, sounds like a rapper, was seen weaving between ‘jam jars’ (cars) in central London last month and admitted putting other road users and pedestrians in danger as a result of “furiously racing another rickshaw”. Something you don’t normally associate with London. Westminster magistrates heard that Islam was arrested after the race along Shaftesbury Avenue at about 8pm on March 23rd.

Apparently Islam had passengers in his pedicab and the way he was weaving in and out of heavy traffic, was causing a danger to both passengers and other road users with Islam’s passengers screaming and shouting and trying to slap the hands of the passengers in the second rickshaw.

Islam, of East Ham, pleaded guilty to breaching section 54 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839. Thank goodness these old laws are still about. He was ordered to pay a fine of £100 and £85 towards the costs of the prosecution. He was also told to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £45 to Westminster City Council for the storage of the rickshaw.

The Metropolitan Police Act 1839 against the “furious riding” of horse-drawn carts has been used in a crackdown on erratic rickshaw drivers to take the rickshaws off the streets. It prohibits “riding or driving furiously such as to endanger the life or limb of any person, or to the common danger of the passengers in the thoroughfare”.

ITV’s Titanic, a cure for insomnia

Sunday night’s programme seemed to consist of 50 minutes of clips from previous episodes and then 10 minutes of new stuff to advance the storyline. Me and Mrs ‘W’ are thinking of turning on the last episode ten minutes from the end to cut out all the repeated ‘pony and trap’ (crap) and to see who survives and who gets a watery grave. Mind you the characters are so wooden they will probably all float off into the distance.

If you like conspiracy theories then have a look at this link. It suggests it wasn’t the Titanic that sunk but its sister ship Olympic in an insurance scam.

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