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Brief guide to the proposals to HM Government (a petition will be filed to them)

The proposals are that it be a legal requirement that all motor vehices that are registered in the British Isles be fitted with CB radio equipment by law and the installation be subjected to testing similar to the vehicle's existing MOT but separate from it and applies from the first year, new and used cars in the UK must be sold with a basic CB radio and antenna already installed, and a test pass to confirm functionality, this should also be made a prerequisite to obtaining VED as an MOT certificate currently is

The equipment should at least have access to the 40 UK channels as originally specified under MPT 1320 in 1981, due to the large amount of older 27/81 equipment that can be found, this allows a cheaper way to get started out, PR27/94 radios should also be of the UK 40 type, these are under the later performance specification MPT 1382, PR27/97 radios can access the 80 channels, 40 UK and 40 CEPT in FM, all equipment however must meet the equipment reqirements as mandated by Ofcom, this can be found in document Of 364 available at Ofcom's website
Antennas on vehicles are only restricted in size from a safety point of view, ie clearance from power lines, especially at level crossings, though a bigger antenna will perform better sometimes this could be unsafe.

Legal protection status to be applied to channels 9, 14 and 19, on the UK channels the latter is extremely heavily abused by people who do not care that their actions are against the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 amongst other laws relating to the use of radio, this abuse should be mitigated should the channel be legally protected to serve its purpose or it comes into heavier use by motorists, 9 on both bands is designated an emergency channel, though currently has no legal protection in the UK and is "not an alternative for 999 or the marine distress channels", 14 is usually a fixed station calling channel, though seldom used for this at present however it would be required under these proposals to allow hobbyists and casual users to co-exist on CB with the motorists, 19 is specified for mobile calling though in the UK block around the larger towns and cities this is badly abused as mentioned, in law it would be made an offence to transmit for purposes other than to establish communication with another station on 14 and 19 and on channel 9 for any purpose other than emergencies

Low power use in car parks, to sufficiently cover the car park, to be made a requirement, the car park owners should specify a frequency and advertise it at the entrance to the car park, attendants should carry handheld CB radios on the car park frequency, in covered and multi-storey car parks cars would be limited to receive only except on the top deck of multi-storey car parks

Businesses that hire drivers will be required to have a functional CB station at their premises, on a specific channel in which all drivers will need to be made aware of, businesses that hire owner-drivers MUST see that their drivers' vehicles are fitted with a fully functional and tested CB installation

The requirement for all drivers to monitor channel 19, though older radios don't feature a dual watch function so unless you're in a conversation or otherwise, the radio must be set to channel 19, it is also required for highways departments to monitor 19 and channel 9 for emergencies, and motorway services to advertise their presence on 19


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