Why no UK laws on vehicle emergency kits

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  1. campa cola

    campa cola Funster

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    Just wondering if anyone knows why in this highly legislated health & safety mad country. We are still not required to carry all the emergency kit the Europeans have to. Including the spare glasses etc, jackets, bulbs, fire extinguishers etc etc. All sounds really sensible, so why not ???
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    I suspect largely because mostly we carry one of these, which replaces the need for any item shown above:
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  3. campa cola

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    Not sure an iPhone can replace a warning triangle a pair of spare glasses or a fire extinguisher.....and if its an iPhone it will probably have a flat battery or one very soon :party2:
     
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    Well. The law of averages says we should get at least one right... (y)
     
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    Are you complaining that we are a "health and safety mad country" or asking for more legislation?
     
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    Just asking why the UK has not adopted the rest of the EU's sensible approach to carrying emergency kit.
     
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    Often surprise me so few people carry hi vis in case of emergencies - very few carry a triangle

    All our vehicle carry the following
    Hi- vis for all occupants
    First aid kit - been used for others in trouble !!
    Fire extinguisher - been used to help others
    Warning triangles min 2
    All our number plates are euro compliant with the GB bit

    on my motor always carry ( I am the only one to travel over seas)
    beam benders
    Breathalysers
    spare driving glasses (I am the only one that needs them)

    Waste of time carrying spare bulbs - they are all LEDs these days
     
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    Yes used the hi VI's jackets and warning triangle when the car broke down on a corner on a single track country road :Eeek:
     
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    GJH Funster Life Member

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    Perfectly simple. Those referred to earlier on another thread as paranoid ranters would be up in arms about their freedoms being eroded :LOL:
     
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    Just to add to your list of things other countries insist you have with you when driving.

    In the 1980's the UAE required you to have your Driving Licence on you and that had to show your Blood Group.
     
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    Spare bulbs? Your not exempt with led's they do fail but, have you tried changing a bulb on most modern vehicles, many require the removal of large pieces of bodywork, I had to change a drl on our Hymer this weekend, it was possible but, not exactly easy!
     
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    Apart from the fact that we don't have the police coverage to do it I suspect this is one of the reasons why there are so many one eyed cars about these days. Its not a 2 min fix on the side of the road any more.

    Likewise with LED units they are not LED bulbs they are units and to carry around a spare set would be seen as unrealistic and for most to change them would be impossible without workshop experience.
     
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    We are by lew have to carry a frist aid kit and fire extinguisher in our taxi but not aloud to use them just in case we get sued the world gone mad
     
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    Having been on the continent, I had a spare bulb set in my car. So when I turned on my headlamps at my mothers house, and I noticed that there was a headlamp out, no problem I thinks.
    2 Hours later, after removing the wheel, the inner arch (and all associated fittings) then removing the rear of the headlamp assembly through a hole only a gynaecologist would normally work through, I finally replaced the headlamp bulb. Interesting that it is not compulsory to carry a jack, since on my car it is not possible to replace the headlamp bulb without one!
     
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    Just because it is not legally required does not, of course, prevent the sensible motorist carrying what s/he deems to be the most useful kit - you should see the stuff I carry just in case (much of it probably comes from being a coach driver in an earlier life!
     
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    If I ever cut an artery in a roadside incident I will try using my IPhone as a plaster to stem the blood......:D:D


    There will likely be instructions in the far King useless app ?
     
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    You could always dial 999, much more useful if one has severed an artery than a plaster! :D
     
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    And sit there in the knowledge I'm going to bleed to death long before the medics arrive ?
     
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    Yes, but on the plus side you could play candy crush while you waited!
     
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    Plus side ??? :confused: :D:D

    I said I was bleeding to death not bleeding barmy ! :LOL:
     
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