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Old 19-07-2018, 04:12 PM   #51
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does the Blue Badge holder have to be using the pressure washer in this scenario or does the household need to have a blue badge holder living there?

apparently no one has ever been charged with the £1000 for using a hose pipe during a temp ban
No idea to be frank. The rules are:

Under Statutory Exceptions:

"Cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe or specific low water use apparatus such as pressure washers by people who hold a Blue Badge"

Under Discretionary Universal Exceptions:

"Cleaning a private motor vehicle using specific low water use apparatus such as pressure washers".

All it states is "hold a Blue Badge". Maybe my Blue Peter badge will suffice as that's blue.
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Old 19-07-2018, 07:48 PM   #52
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It can't be as simple as just use a pressure washer and you're fine. Perhaps it's under discretionary because while they might be fine with you using an entry-level K2 or similar in short, conservative blasts, they take a different view if you wheel out your ultra powerful top of the range kranzle and cover your car and half your street in water!
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Old 19-07-2018, 08:18 PM   #53
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But who would enforce it? Never heard of a hosepipe enforcement officer

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Old 19-07-2018, 09:31 PM   #54
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But who would enforce it? Never heard of a hosepipe enforcement officer

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Old 19-07-2018, 09:51 PM   #55
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I suppose the reality is that most neighbors don't want to be known as the ones who shop people to the authorities, and similarly, most people don't want to annoy their neighbours by flouting the ban and using their hose as much as they like. The result is a sort of status-quo. Of course there are always those neighbors on both sides of the coin who are the exceptions.
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Old 20-07-2018, 05:59 PM   #56
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But who would enforce it? Never heard of a hosepipe enforcement officer

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A lady from Useless Utilities was on North West Tonight a few days ago. She was asked if anybody had been fined back in 2012 when the last ban was in force and she said that nobody had been!

I think they rely on social pressure.
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Old 21-07-2018, 11:51 PM   #57
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what about cleaning commercial vehicles?
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I got feedback from UU that's it IS ok to use a pressure washer during the hosepipe ban.
My K4 has an eco mode so I will probably use that.

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I got feedback from UU that's it IS ok to use a pressure washer during the hosepipe ban.
My K4 has an eco mode so I will probably use that.

Top info that mate. I'll quote you when the water police come knocking on my door lol.
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I got feedback from UU that's it IS ok to use a pressure washer during the hosepipe ban.
My K4 has an eco mode so I will probably use that.

Following Deathstar's post I thought I would try and get exemption from the ban and today it has been granted via email. It makes sense really, using my crappy karcher will use far less water than me throwing buckets full over the car to rinse it!

Could be quite funny when the neighbours complain.....

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