I know, I know, what has this to do with that 'warm readybrek' feeling?? Humor me, read on, and you'll find out....... We pay for this excess!! I was on the M74, just north of Carlisle yesterday when I saw a new Autotrail which had been pulled over by the Highways agency who were driving a brand new 59 plated Shogun. It reminded me that I had decided to research the Highways agency 'Police'. Their role, according to their own site, is: managing incidents that do not involve loss of life, injury or potential criminal activity supporting the police when they are managing incidents, particularly in managing traffic high visibility patrols to reassure the public dealing with accident damaged, broken down and abandoned vehicles providing rolling road closures to hold traffic back to allow removal of debris, installation of temporary traffic management and other purposes providing temporary road closures clearing debris, animals and found property from the network indentification of defects and potential improvements to the network monitoring roadworks planning arrangements for forthcoming special events educating road users Strange.... nowhere above does it state intimidating other road users, or stopping motorcaravans, or any other vehicle on the road, causing a rolling roadblock on the motorway by travelling at 60mph, swaggering around motorway services checking tyres and tax discs, etc, ad nauseum. Beware however, they are not the Police, yet failing to obey a 'traffic officer's directions' can attract a fine of £1000 or disqualification. Is it any wonder that they are acting like the police?? When I was a traffic officer in Cumbria, patrolling the M6 as a 'Support Officer', doing exactly the same as the HA, but with added responsibilities, I drove a Ford Transit. It was the 3 litre version, and was fast and comfortable, with more than enough room in the rear for equipment needed for ANY eventuality, which begs the question... WHY THEN DO THE HIGHWAYS AGENCY HAVE SUCH EXPENSIVE VEHICLES?? Yesterday the Home Secretary announced that the Police had to cut millions and millions of pounds from their budget, in part funded by curtailing the purchase of police vehicles.... Madness!! According to the Highways Agency site, one of their officers is quoted as saying 'My work gives me that warm readybrek feeling'. It gives me an entirely different feeling altogether!! The Highways Agency's adoption of quasi police powers is disturbing enough, but the pigate use of such expensive vehicles is unnecessary, and a huge drain on our nations resources. It's about time that the way this agency works and uses our money is reviewed.