The UK Department for Transport is currently examining proposals that would allow additional services to legally drive over the speed limit. At the moment, only the police and fire departments and emergency medical responders can legally break the posted limits, but a recently submitted 90-page document that is "out for consultation" lists other services requesting the right to do the same. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which includes the tax man, wants its covert surveillance officers on the approved list.

The covert officers at HMRC are said to engage in the same kinds of operations as the police, with "extensive arrest and investigatory powers." Their operations against organized crime have been mentioned specifically in connection with the speed limit request, the HMRC adding that at any one time "there are approximately 10 concurrent operational deployments per day involving 500 officers from the criminal Investigation Directorate" around the country. If that's true, it seems approval won't lead to HMRC officers blasting through Piccadilly after a taxpayer who neglected to declare the 12 pounds he made at a car boot sale.

Other services looking to break the limit but not the law include bomb disposal units, radiation emergency responders, blood transfusion services and organ couriers, and the Coast Guard. The consultation ends on February 27, 2013.


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      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      In case if an emergency fiscal rape? Or because tax dodgers are the most dangerous kind of criminal? The retards in power in the US, UK, and Europe are flushing our world and laughing all the way.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @drewpy
        The biggest retards are in the UK though... no doubt about that
      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure Bloomberg will quickly create a division of sugared soda weights and measures and give them this privlege as well...
      Jared East
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there a government anywhere in the world thats not a complete joke ?
      Angela Kucharski
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is insane. If tax collectors get to ignore the speed limits like police and the fire department that will open the door to a lot of other people getting the privilege to ignore the speed limits. I don't see any good that could come of this.
      buckfeverjohnson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yup, emergency tax collection. Makes sense to risk life and limb to collect other people's money.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Customs I can understand... but not some pen pushing money grabber working for the man.
      Jim R
      • 2 Years Ago
      Obviously the UK is in a big hurry to take its people's money from them.
      askroon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also, I bet that this only became an issue after they installed 6,000 speed cameras around the UK
      oRenj9
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not just allow everyone to drive however fast they want? Hell, I'd pay a registration premium each year for the privilege.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can see people dressing up like these clowns then hammering down the streets!
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Englands the cesspool of Europe so who cares.
        Mark Gimelli
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Have you ever gone further than the fence of your trailer park? Or is your mother too fat and cannot find an invalid scooter sturdy enough to carry herself and you out of there? Now this sweeping statement is likely untrue and purposefully insulting. So in future don't be an a@$hole about other countries or indeed people. All you achieve is showing what a c@┬ąt you are.
      Ae Neuman
      • 2 Years Ago
      give them pushbikes not fast cars !
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