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Noisy, smelly, speeding car.

On 4 Jan 2017 at 4:19pm Bob Fleming wrote:
Is anyone else bothered by a very noisy silver Mazda that seems to do little else except drive around town? The driver keeps revving up and the exhaust gives off so many fumes, I start coughing and have to use a puffer - I don't have to do this with any other car. Aren't there laws against polluting cars, let alone driving inconsiderately and dangerously? One day I was behind him and he was easily doing 50 in a 20 zone.
On 4 Jan 2017 at 4:25pm watcher wrote:
Yes I noticed the car this afternoon - very very noisy and high revs. Dangerous.
On 4 Jan 2017 at 4:33pm Bob Fleming wrote:
I reported it to Operation Crackdown a whole ago, but nothing has happened. The driver has been a pest for years, but this is the worst car he's driven. I don't normally make a fuss, but I'm now wheezing after breathing in his exhaust. He clearly doesn't give a toss about anyone. The registeration is OU54 XHP, if anyone else has been bothered by it. The more people complain, the more likely something will be done. If I had kids, I wouldn't want them out while this idiot's on the road.
On 4 Jan 2017 at 4:33pm Pc plod wrote:
Bob, if you were behind the said car doing 50 then surely you were also speeding or else you would of had no clue how fast he was going..
On 4 Jan 2017 at 4:38pm A Driver wrote:
You could report the vehicle to Sussex Plods "Operation Crackdown", but you will need its index plate number before they take any notice. If enough people report it for dangerous driving or bad exhaust smoke etc they may do something about i, but don't hold your breath (sorry for the pun...).
Yes, emissions tests form part of the annual MoT test, but that assumes the car has a valid MoT, and/or is due for a re-test shortly. Of course, it may have passed it's last MoT, but then started smoking, so it could be a while before it gets re-tested.
As for revving the engine and driving inappropriately - sounds like a typical boy (girl?) racer. Hopefully they'll grow out of it (or perhaps they'll just wrap themselves around a tree or lamppost) before they injure another road user or pedestrian.
On 4 Jan 2017 at 5:13pm Bob Fleming wrote:
@Pcplod - If you're doing 20 and the person in front is whizzing into the distance as if they've entered hyperspace, you don't have to be Stephen Hawking to do the maths.
@A driver - I reckon he's been doing this for at least six years without any sign of growing up. I put up with boy racers, but this is taking the mick. The car was dodgy from the moment he got it and can't be roadworthy. I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't have an MOT or insurance.
On 4 Jan 2017 at 5:16pm Yawn wrote:
If you took five mins to check the freely available DVLA website you'd see that car is taxed with a current MOT until August 2017, i.e its completely legal.
On 4 Jan 2017 at 5:36pm Bob Fleming wrote:
@Yawn - I didn't realise you could do this, so thanks for saving me the five minutes and doing it for me. Frankly I'm amazed that it's passed an emissions test. Did he get a mate to test it?
On 4 Jan 2017 at 6:10pm Ecilop wrote:
As no reg number has been given , @ yawn how do you know have you also seen it , or I suspect from your tone it's yours or your mates ,
On 4 Jan 2017 at 6:49pm Wotcha wrote:
@ecilop I suspect @Yawn read Bob Fleming's post that reported the registration number. OU54XHP.
On 4 Jan 2017 at 7:34pm A Person wrote:
It isn't necessarily "completely legal". A valid MOT doesn't necessarily mean that the car would pass the tests if submitted to them there and then. It does sound as if there's a problem with engine emissions which may well have developed since its last MOT.
On 12 Jan 2017 at 4:45am valleyway wrote:
It is very dangerous to drive polluting cars around I wonder why the driver does not understand that.

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