Wild West on the Rails, Child Safety & Share Price Concerns
This blog post has information useful for all, I decided to be impartial this time round. I suggest you read this whatever your stance on driver only trains is. Share-holders (your shares prices will go South shortly after driver-only trains) because the decision will affect you. Take this advice on board because it is being revealed by someone who really knows how the “world ticks”.
I suggest Anonymous read this too because their is an opportunity to improve their kudos/status. Your opportunity is discussed near the bottom of this blog. For financially motivated people there is business opportunities for electricity based self defence devices presently not covered by legal legislation. There is a draft design for academic/theoretical purposes at the very bottom of this blog. There is even a theoretical price and target market for such a device.
It is old news that the UK private rail companies plan to have driver only trains. The train staff have striked repeatedly to try and prevent this from happening. South-Western trains have managed to “encourage” their drivers not to strike with pay rises but that does not mean the idea is good. South-Western trains management partially know this anyway which is why they are going to reduce their first-class to 6 seats behind the driver. Southern (Go-Ahead Group owned) have not managed to “encourage” their staff in the same way, and nor have they decided to rationalise their first class like the other train company mentioned either.
I am sure the reader is still not impressed yet but if they read on they will be enlightened about what will happen with “driver only trains”. I say what will happen because there is no doubt it will happen. Here is a list of the results.
1.Trains will be unsafe for children because there will be circumstances where they will be blocked or not able to reach the emergency cord if a sex offender or school bully decides to molest them. A staff member on the train would have deterred such activity or been able to be asked for help. Financially motivated people keep reading to find out more about the business opportunities for defence devices which will be marketable, there is many a legal loophole regarding sale of taser-like devices. Unfortunately ticket dodgers are likely to purchase them for use on inspectors too though. Not my responsibility the private rail companies started this.
2.All passengers will have to tolerate loud music, graffiti and all other minor anti-social behavior whilst travelling. I have already observed the so called “Passenger Assistance” replacements not dealing so well with this as well as experienced train guards.
3.Emergency cord will become a focal point of problems. It will be used unnecessarily by any solitary traveler feeling a bit nervous of a group of people. It will also be used by pranksters and ticket dodgers. I have already heard naive loud-speaker announcements of the “selfish and irresponsible people” who pulled the cord to get off at an unscheduled stop, and will be tracked down and prosecuted. That is a laugh if they did that they probably were wearing hoodies so CCTV was useless, or future people will be.
4.First Class will be unsafe in the evening because it is the quietest part of the train, and other people will not be looking that way because they will be more interested in seeing how many likes they had on their latest selfie. The selfishness and divides that successive governments have bred will mean that non first class passengers may not care about someone being mugged in first class anyway. It may not always be safe for the train driver (they may not even notice if a shopping trolley full of bricks is on the rail at the same time) to come to their aid either. Very impractical to enforce in the peak times, it will be the favourite place for people to sit with standard class tickets when the train is over-crowded. First class ticket sales will fall because barriers do not care where someone is sitting, and if a ticket inspector is imminent there is always the soon to be unguarded emergency cord to get off quick, delaying the train.
5.Increase in trains being delayed or cancelled due to trouble on the train not being identified soon enough before it escalates.
6.Progressively becoming more dangerous to travel on the train later in the evening, especially due to the secondary factor of long term increased ticket price rises and less people on the train.
7.Train services cut where there is too many problems related to passenger disruption or too few travelling due to increased danger and ticket prices.
8.Government will be forced to increasingly accept that someone due for jury service was late to arrive due to train problems caused by driver only policy. If it is completely impractical for a person to attend by public transport the government will have to increasingly pay for a taxi or allow exemption.
9.The government will cease to pay private rail companies in advance if the service becomes an embarrassment to them.
10.Shares in private rail companies will progressively fall until just like the banks the government is forced to bail them out due to ticket revenue falling to a point that it can no longer sustain the cost of running the trains and a profit warning for share holders.
Opportunity for Anonymous
Anonymous is a movement that sees the establishment progressively make more stupid ideas so I think it will like my concept. Once the day is known that driver-only trains begins, your leaders can work out something within the rights of protest, outlined in the following link. https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/what-are-human-rights/human-rights-act/article-11-right-protest-and-freedom-association. Ideally you want to do something which affects the trains all day or perhaps just First Class. I am quite certain you will be exempt from penalty fares if you are assembled within the rights to protest.
Business Opportunity, Defence Device outside present legal legislation
At the following url (https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Taser) the definition of a Taser is a gun shaped device which delivers an electrical charge able to immobilise someone. The law states this device is illegal but if there is going to be driver only trains parents need their children whom cannot reach the emergency cord easily to be safe. In order to be able to provide this safety without breaking the law a simple device which fits on the outer layer of the inner palm of a rubber insulated glove (in no way gun shaped and concealed) and is powered by a 9 vault battery charge. This would give a “nasty bite/sting” to someone but not immobilise them and so not breach any legal legislation whilst providing a deterrent to any attacker. A good price for such a device is about £25, especially because the components are cheap to obtain. Due to social conditioning the masses will pay that for increased “peace of mind” no problem and you can commend yourself too because you are doing a public service protecting children when the train companies put them in danger.