Speaking as a motorcyclist of some 35yrs, the drl is a triumph (no pun intended) of bueracracy over common sense
Absolutely agree - but it is more than that. It is a graphic illustration of how we are governed these days. The issue does not have the magnitude of the financial crisis and is far less important than the impending energy crisis - but it is an issue which touches all of us, and one which will cost some people their lives.
Whatever else, it is highly controversial and represents another, albeit small infringement on our liberties and adds to our costs. In a democracy, therefore, this should have been an issue for parliament, debated and voted upon by our elected representatives.
As it is, however, it has been decided by a shadowy, anonymous committee, sitting I know not where, under rules of procedure I know nothing about, voted upon by persons unknown without public debate. And now, when the issue has already been decided, it comes out into the open and there is nothing we can do about it. Both MEPs and MPs are irrelevant to the process (as indeed are ministers). The impost will go through on the nod.
Yes, it is a small issue, but it is a perfect example of how we are now governed.