My neighbour has just had a visitor who turned up in a van, a skanky old sherpa. They apparently arrived to pick up some stuff. This van only has two seats at the front. One for the driver and one for a passenger who in this case was a baby in a baby seat.
All good so far.
As the van was reversed off the drive I noticed movement between the two seats. Up pops a young child, probably no more than five or six. These vans do not typically have a row of seats behind the driver. Even if they do this child was quite obviously not secured and therefore at risk.
There is so much publicity in all media warning of the dangers of not using safety belts and in particular securing your children. So I ask again, assuming that the driver is the father……
Is He Mad, Stupid or is it that he Just Couldn’t Care Less
So you pack your kids off to school by taxi. That same taxi firm picks them up and brings them home safely.
Well you might think they do it safely.
This afternoon I spotted two private hire taxis that I assume were carrying kids home from the same school. They had presumably picked up their passengers in Chandlers Ford. Both passed me, while I waited at a roundabout just outside Otterbourne, coming from the Chandlers Ford direction.
The first had a young boy hanging out of the offside rear passenger window. The second had a young boy hanging out of the near side front passenger window. The two boys were obviously having fun and were waving and possibly shouting at each other. At the next roundabout the cars parted company. The first heading south down the slip road onto the M3 while the other carried on round the roundabout presumably heading towards the north bound M3.
I assume that their actions and the fact that the drivers allowed them to do this was breaking some basic private hire licensing rules let alone the road traffic rules regarding seat belts etc. Where on earth were the drivers brains ?
I don’t know which school the boys had come from and I didn’t catch the name of the taxi else I would have been on the phone to both to express my concerns.