Police Exemptions

Police Horse Droppings on Pollokshaws Rd

BAG IT AND BIN IT is the law — and if you do not pick up your dog’s poop, you can get fined on the spot… unless you are the police.

Police Dogs and Police Horses can poo anywhere — check out the picture (click on the thumbnail to enlarge), and no-one has to pick up their droppings!

Close up of horse doo

On top of that, as evidenced by the photographs, they seem to think they can use the red lane sectioned off for the exclusive use of Buses, Taxis and Bicycles!

Apart from the obvious flaunting of many laws, look at the danger this shit represents to the poor bicyclist.  Not just in attracting flies for them to swallow, but they present an obstacle or slipping hazard.

Things are getting worse when the police think they can do whatever they want.  It seems to be a case of one law for them and another law for the rest of us!  They are literally riding roughshod over us, and crapping on us from a great height! How ironic!

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5 Responses to “Police Exemptions”

  1. Nate Says:

    I could be wrong, but I always thought that the way the law worked was that you were only required to bag and bin it if your pet fouled a pedestrian area (pavement or park) and that this didn’t apply on the roads.

    Don’t get me wrong, if thats the case, its the law that needs addressing not the police.

    However, having stepped in Horse **** while walking on Buchanan Street before, I think that the use of mounted police at all in this day and age needs looking at!

  2. Eds Says:

    Hi Nate,
    The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 (http://tinyurl.com/6blqp7) or http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/acts2003/asp_20030012_en_1#l1g2
    states that the Act applies to any public open place that is not agricultural land, and “public open place” means—
    (a) any place which is open to the air to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission; and
    (b) any common passage, close, court, stair, back green, garden, yard or other similar common area.

    We also checked with the council and MSPs and the road is NOT acceptable as a dog toilet!

    The law is clear about dog fouling: bag it and bin it — and not realising your dog has done it or not having equipment is no excuse.

    This ought to include police dogs, but does not cover horse droppings (that is probably covered by some ancient by-law)!!
    –Eds

  3. Pavarotti Says:

    How come police horses can go on pavements, pedestrian precincts, car parks, roads, lanes, private roads, bus lanes, cycle lanes, footpaths, parks, beaches, fields, etc etc etc????? And they can go the wrong way up one-way streets also!! This is a freak in this century!

  4. Nate Says:

    Fair enough. This was maybe a rule prior to the 2003 legislation.

    Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t actually defending the act of fouling the roads. I just mistakenly thought that the police might have had a reason for not cleaning up after themselves.

    Silly me!

  5. Eds Says:

    Nate,
    We don’t think you are alone in the belief that dogs can use the road, or even bits of spare public grass, verges, public parks and back lanes.

    We let your comment through the filter here (you wouldn’t believe the number of replies to this), as it is representative, but also because it seemed pretty (and unusually) sane — and it gave us the chance to respond to everyone in one fell swoop / foul sweep.
    –Eds


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