Death of the web site

If you have been looking for our web site it no longer exists. It was a hard decision to make, we had become quite attached to the ageing site. To be honest it had been on life support for sometime, the number of patches it required to keep the ‘ailing body’ secure was taking up to much time.


So at the end of the month we allowed it to pass away…quietly! Now that it has gone we have more time to concentrate on the work we do. It just go’s to show what a lot of time was wasted on keeping it! We now have time to do the repairs,write and think what we would like to post on the blog again!

I hate shopping

From what I understand, the only people that are really missing our presences are the scammers and hackers. They no longer have email addresses that they can fill with rubbish that wasted someone’s time to delete everyday! … it was no surprise that the person who looked after this side of things took all of us out for a drink to celebrate!

We were warned that it would impact the business big time, but as yet we have not seen a drop in sales, if anything the phones are ringing more. Life has become simpler and healthier.


So what next! a new web site? All in good time, you may see a new one. At the moment we are enjoying the freedom, it allows us to concentrate on our customers more. A big plus for our second to none service we already provide.

Don’t forget you can still get in touch on twitter @plasweld1 or you can find our founder Mitch on Facebook. We are happy to take questions on both sites. You will also find lots of images of the repairs we have done.

free mailing list.

These are just a few of the unwanted emails received everyday.  We know that we are not alone in this unwanted attention. So we have decided to share them so you could put them to good use.

You use the emails below at your own risk. We have not tested to see if they are live or bogus.
























Yellow money Box Junction.


It is becoming more and more difficult to go about your business without someone trying to pick your pocket. It does not matter who they are. Public bodies and their contractors are the worst in my opinion.

What follows is our experience and some observations. We have named the road so that it may help others:

A while ago we received a penalty charge notice from Transport for London. Someone had a sense of humor when naming this body because they have done nothing for transport except making travelling in the capital worse.

Biased few of the junction

Biased few of the junction also shows the badly marked out box

The PCN stated that we were in contravention of the road traffic act 1991 (as amended) code violation 31 ‘entering and stopping in a box junction when prohibited’. This apparently happened on Barnet way, Marsh lane and Green avenue traffic light junction. The way the junction has been laid out is a mess, and a motorists nightmare but rather than deal with this mess the TFL zealots have used the situation to sting the unsuspecting driver with a hefty PCN that is not valid for several good reasons. Please read on for further clarification.

The rules on box junctions in layman’s terms are quite straight forward:

  1. You should not enter the junction if your way ahead is blocked.

  2. You can enter a box junction if you are turning right if your way ahead is blocked.

  3. You should not stop before a box junction if the way ahead is clear.

Is there any ambiguity with those rules? If you read the act itself (part printed below) the way it is written could possibly lead you to believe you are in contravention.

The Act in part:




Interpretation of Part II of Schedule
6. In this Part of this Schedule –

(a) “box junction” means the area of carriageway marked with yellow cross-hatching at a junction between two or more roads on which there has been placed the road marking shown in diagram 1043 or 1044; and

(b) a reference (however expressed) to a vehicle which is stationary or stops within a box junction includes a vehicle which is stationary whilst part of it is within the box junction.

Prohibition conveyed by markings in diagram 1043 or 1044
 – (1) Except when placed in the circumstances described in paragraph 8, the road markings shown in diagrams 1043 and 1044 shall each convey the prohibition that no person shall cause a vehicle to enter the box junction so that the vehicle has to stop within the box junction due to the presence of stationary vehicles.

(2) The prohibition in sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to any person –

(a) who causes a vehicle to enter the box junction (other than a box junction at a roundabout) for the purpose of turning right; and

(b) stops it within the box junction for so long as it is prevented from completing the right turn by oncoming vehicles or other vehicles which are stationary whilst waiting to complete a right turn.

Prohibition conveyed when markings are placed in conjunction with signs in diagrams 615 and 811
 When the road marking shown in diagram 1043 or 1044 is placed in conjunction with the signs shown in diagrams 615 and 811 on an area of carriageway which is less than 4.5 metres wide at its narrowest point, the road marking shall convey the prohibition that no person shall cause a vehicle to enter the box junction so that the vehicle has to stop within the box junction due to the presence of oncoming vehicles or other stationary vehicles beyond the box junction.

© Crown Copyright 2002

Over runs the junction

Over runs the junction

To be honest like a lot of motorists who get these PCNs we were shocked that we had been issued it, knowing that when we entered the box junction the road ahead was clear and flowing. So we did some research and those checks lead us to believe that the contravention maybe a fraud. So we appealed to TFL with clear retorts.

As suggested by those in the know, they rejected our representations.When the rejection turned up it was still a surprise but true to form. Apparently most representations to TFL are rejected, even if your case is very clearly in your favour.

Now this is where things get interesting we made representation to the Parking and Traffic Appeals service as it was known then. Now I believe it is an Ombudsman. Once we put in our appeal TFL sent us their so called evidence and threats.

Short of the junction and two boxes side by side.

Short of the junction and two boxes side by side.

You would not have to take your defence of a contravention to appeal if your accuser provided you with the full evidence to back up their accusation. All they send are couple of pictures – (none of which show the vehicle with number plate in the same picture at the point of the so call contravention), – this is not evidence. In my opinion it could be your number plate tacked on to any vehicle. It is also my opinion that it is sharp practice if you have to pay for alleged video evidence. It is not good enough that you can go to their offices (several 100 miles away) and view it for free. You should be able to view it where it is most convenient for you as the accused.

This particular incidents description:

The traffic on this day had been backed up to the A1 and was very slow moving. We arrived at the box junction at the entrance of marsh lane. When the lights had changed the line of traffic we were in moved off. The traffic after the box junction was flowing freely up to the time I was forced to stop in the junction because a number of vehicles are cutting into the inside lane from right and left sides (Not seen in the video until the camera tracks for the number plate which is after the incident. The camera is set in such away that gives a false impression of carriageway conditions and the TFL operators know this ) in some cases forcing those using the inside lane to stop when they need not do so.

Barnet way junction. badly marked out.

Barnet way junction. badly marked out.

Transport for London video evidence:

The video showed us some interesting things:

  1. Shortly before we were seen stopped in the box someone else was too who was not given a PCN.

  2. You can see a van cutting across the traffic forcing it to stop. Which forced us to stop in the box.

  3. You can see the truck behind us brake hard which indicated that they thought they would be able to clear the junction as well.

  4. It shows the box junction itself may not be enforceable because it does not comply with the regulation.

Yellow box junctions are regulated by the ministry of transport and must adhere to them strictly. If the box junction does not then they need a dispensation from M.o.T for them to be lawful.

  • Box junctions cannot extend beyond the corners of the junction.

  • You cannot have two boxes side by side at the same junction it needs to be one big box.

  • The corners of the box should meet all four corners of the junction without gaps.

I can understand now why they did not defend this action. Our appeal was upheld because the authority did not contest it. My understanding is that by not contesting it, it cannot set president if they lose. By doing this they can get away with hoodwinking the motoring public to parting with their money falsely. Giving someone a nice big bonus no doubt!.

Some of this is opinion and a case of getting it off our chest. With some finger pointing at the society we live in today where it is OK for public authority’s to put their hand in your pocket and we the public just let them get away with it.

We would like to thank the sites below for their help and a special thank you to another WordPress blogger for his help shown below. 

These are links to further information that may help with your case:


pieUh! if it was not for pie I think the world would stop going round. In this case the pie in question is apple – well not quite! – It has a couple of extra ingredients – pears and raisins. A simple affair that dazzled the pallet with a gentle sweetness. There is nothing like a hot piece of pie with cream or ice cream to help put the world to rights.

applesThe recipe for this wonderful pie was straight forward, with it’s ingredients: a hand full of small rosy red apples; about five from our tree! – two shop brought pears; a sprinkle of raisins; sweetened short crust pastry frozen, – again shop purchased and a smidgen of sugar; a twist of ‘that’ (spices, cinnamon) and some how it all works a bit like a painter flicking pant at a canvas.

The pie was small but very well put together. The pastry was allowed to defrost. The apples and pears were chopped up and put into a pan with some sugared water brought to the boil and allowed to simmer till the fruit showed signs of softness. The pastry was rolled out thin enough so a base and top could be produced with some over for a bit of decoration. With the pastry placed into the base of the dish, the softened fruit was added with a sprinkle of raisins. Then the pastry was placed on top and crimped together using a pearsfinger and thump. A cross cut was put in the top to allow it to breath with some decorations and brushed with milk to glaze. It was placed in a pre heated oven on the middle shelf and cooked for half an hour at 200 degrees C, gas mark 6.

There is nothing like the smell of baking wafting through the house to tantalise the taste buds. This pie was a triumph of gentle sweetness that did not impair the delicate flavours that the fruits proffered. It has taken great self restraint not to have pigged it all in one go. We do not make pies very often but when we do oh man! That puts the world to rights for now until the next one comes along – hopefully. Yum! yum!

Is being self-employed a good fit for you?

Running your own business is a lot of work which is part of the down side to a certain extent. But the up side is that you get to meet people and do things  that would not normal get to see or do.

This post gives you an insight into things to consider. If you decide to walk this route.. Sorry forgot to add the link to the other blog. you will find it at why do you (want to) freelance.


Here we are again at the start of another tough trading year. Like you we will be looking for the best price for the services to run the business. So I thought this maybe a good time to out line how you can get the best deal from us. Customers who use us regularly will already know what to do to get a discount. For those who are not familiar with the way we do things, here is an out line of  the discount structure.

Please do not come to us for the first time with one item expecting a discount on the price we give you.  We judge each job on its merits and give you the best price for your repair. You can get discounts for:

  • More than one item. If you and a friend have a broken faring each, club together that way you can get a lower unit cost.
  • If you belong to a club ask them to speak to us we are happy to arrange a club discount.
  • If you are a regular user of our service private or business you can get a discount. Some of our private customers are serial bike restorers making them eligible for this discount.
  • Trade discount, speaks for its self.
  • These discounts only apply to repairs.

Discounts have always been part of the way we run the business, it is our way of looking after our customers along with our friendly service.

Bad weather.

What a joke a bit of snow and the country go’s up the creek without a padel. Why? The first point is that health and safety is running a muck to the point where it is making life difficult for those who would do their job as normal no matter what.

The total lack of gritting on side roads and walks making it impossible for people to get to the main routes without taking their lives into their own hands. News reports about A and E having an over load of broken bones and an increase in the numbers  of deaths all travel related.

The lack of help and coöperation between people  and business. Casing point: I had to take the van out to get some supplies. Now it is rear wheel drive which means that icy roads make it difficult  to get moving once stopped. This happen twice causing a tail back in both cases. The first time while trying to get onto a gritted road I had to get the shovel out and chip the ice away from in front of the drive wheels. The people behind just sat there and watched or tried to drive round, no milk of human kindness there. The second time was trying to get to a well-known supermarket car park the road was pure ice, again out with the shovel only this time all I got was angry looks that anger would have been better spent giving the van a shove so we could all get on our way. Society now a days is all about me, if we spent more time helping each other we would all be better off.