Gold'en Rant of the Week : Pay your car tax - or else.... what?

Paying the car tax at the Post Office this week like the good citizen I am, I was amazed to hear that, if I don't pay on time, I get hit by an automatic 80 quid fine.

The good news (for me at least) is that the Police are busy setting up more and more Automatic Numberplate Recognition (ANR) systems on

cameras across the UK, to catch the dodgers.

But wait a minute, some genius has worked out that the ANR camera systems could break human rights legislation.

According to The Register, this little factoid was spotted by Sir Andrew Leggatt, the government's Chief Surveillance Officer, who was formerly Lord Justice of Appeal before he retired.

The problem, says Sir Andrew, is that the surveillance falls under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) which requires the Police to obtain permission before it monitor people.

Marvellous. So the Police can't check people's numberplates for failing to pay their car tax or insuring their vehicle.

I'll remember that next time some stupid *^%$$%^% runs into me, like they did the other week, and have no insurance. What a farce...