Letter to the Hon Mrs Dunwoody MP

Para 38

Dear Mrs Dunwoody,

Thank you for your prompt reply to my e mail.

I am publishing your reply in www.caravanaccidents3.wordpress.com
together with my e mail to Tony Wright MP
and my reply to yourself.

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The following is a reply to my e mail concerning the recent closure of
the West Coast Main Railway line due to Containers weighing up to 4
tonnes being blown off a freight train.
This reveals the fact that Network Rail, like the Highways Agency, do
not accurately monitor wind speeds.
Railways have always had strict regulations concerning the max safe
speed for particular stretches of track, but they seem to think that
all their tracks are safe at any wind speed.

I also mentioned in my e mail that I wished to complain about the conduct of a Senior Engineer at the DfT (Trading Standards) who did not adequately advise Birmingham Trading Standards when they asked for advice in 2006 concerning my test for caravan stabilisers.

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I HAVE DELETED MY HOME ADDRESS FROM THE FOLLOWING LETTER, BUT
OTHERWISE IT IS AS I RECEIVED IT.
THE ERRORS IN THE LETTER ARE DISTORTIONS PRODUCED BY MY SCANNER,
PARTICULARLY THE FACT THAT MRS DUNWOODY’S SIGNATURE HAS BEEN
ERRADICATED.

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MRS GWYNETH DUNWOODY MP.

HOUSE OF COMMONS
LONDON SW1A OAA
Tel: 020 7219 3490 Fax: 020 7219 6046

Peter Jones, Esq
4th March 2008
Dear Mr Jones
Thank you for your email of 3rd March 2008. I am grateful to you for
keeping me up to date, but as I was caught up in the problems over
the
weekend, I am only too aware of the
situation.
I understand your worries about the evidence that was presented and
we
do, of course, try to get as broad a cross section as possible to
give
us accurate information.
At the moment, we are not looking at the caravan/trailer points that
you raise and I am afraid that we do not have sufficient trained
staff
which would enable us to undertake the sort of inquiries that would
be
of interest to you.
I have, however, noted your views and will make sure that we keep
them
on file for the next time we meet the Secretary of State and the
Permanent Secretary to discuss them.

Yours sincere!

hon. mrs GwVNETH dunwoody MP
www.gwyneMi dunwoody.co.uk
Constituency Office: Tel. 01270 589132 Fax. 01270 589135

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From Peter W Jones
Retired Head of Science in a Birmingham Comprehensive School.

I hope that Mrs Dunwoody means that she will not only be pressing for
monitoring of wind speeds on our main roads and railways, but will be
seeking an investigation in to the conduct of the Senior Engineer at
the DfT that I drew attention to.

I thought that civil servants at the DfT had a duty to provide
advice
and support when asked for same by colleagues in Birmingham.
I retired before OFSTED came into being, but if any one senior to
myself thought that I was not performing my duties satisfactorily I
would expect to see an HMI at the back of my laboratory observing how
I conducted myself when teaching a class of 16 year olds ( for
instance). I think some thing similar should apply at the DfT to
Professional Engineers.

My stabiliser test
( see www.20six.co.uk/roadtrafficaccidents Section 18a and
www.caravanaccidents3.wordpress.com)
is quite simple (in the Physics world), and it only
supports the results on caravan stabilisers produced by Bath
University
Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1994. (see a small section
of
Fratilla’s Phd Thesis ).
Exact quotes in section 2e of www.caravanaccidents2.wordpress.com

When the Caravan Club received this thesis in 1994 I think they
should have pressed for the banning of these stabilisers. In other parts of
the world electric brakes were in use and they are far more effective
as caravan/trailer stabilisers. If the Caravan Industry felt that
EU/UK
regulations on caravan/trailer brakes were unduly restrictive they
should have urged the authoriites to change the wording of the
regulations.

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