What fresh hell is this?
Ban on pub signs to stop drink-driving
The Highways Agency backed a move by Wiltshire County Council to block signs pointing drivers towards pubs – leading to concerns from trade chiefs that it could set a precedent.
Tom and Trisha Russell, who run the Black Dog in Chilmark, have built their business on passing trade from the A303. But the couple have now been ordered to remove their road sign – two and a half years after it was put up. “Up to 60 per cent of our lunchtime and weekend trade comes from weary drivers pulling over to take a break, entertain whining children and have some food,” Tom said. “Without our sign no-one will know we are here.
Well, Tom and Trisha, I'm afraid that's just tough titty. You are evil peddlers of liquor and booze and, as such, can no longer be allowed to advertise yourselves. You sell drink, therefore you are "encouraging" drinking. Your pub is near a road, therefore you are "encouraging" drink-driving. Don't you see?
“We offer a take-a-break service and prevent people from driving when they are too tired. Our trade should be encouraged not penalised – we stand to lose 30 per cent of our business.”
Hard luck. Some bitch from the Highways Agency wants to make an example of you.
Jacqui Ashman, planning manager for a regional a department of the agency, wrote: 'The sign contains several lines of text and is therefore distracting to motorists.'Actually, it's little more than the name of the pub, but the vile little bureaucrat goes on:
'It is also advertising the use of a public house to motorists, potentially providing the temptation to drink and drive while using a long distance trunk route.'
She added: 'No alcohol is allowed to be served or consumed in service stations on motorways as a matter of principle.
'We would wish to continue this principle by not encouraging drivers to break their journey in a public house.'
Anybody want to see this evil and "distracting" sign?
Picture says a thousand words, doesn't it? And all that remains for me to say is: Jacqui Ashman, whoever the fuck you are, why don't you go suck on a scabby fisherman's dick? You, personally, represent everything that is wrong with this country, you poisonous little fuckhole.