Bumping Banned for Bumper Cars

They might have to start calling them something else. Three resorts in Britain have banned bumping in their bumper car rides.
Staff at all three Butlin resorts in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness are instructed to ban anyone found guilty of bumping into each other in the electric cars equipped with huge bumpers.

Bemused customers who assume that the ‘no bumping sign’ is in jest are told to drive around slowly in circles rather than crash into anyone else for fear of an injury that could result in the resort being sued.

Telegraph columnist Michaal Deacon, who has just returned from a holiday at the Bognor Regis resort, said the experience was like “trundling round an exitless roundabout”.

“I’m not convinced that the dangers were great, given that the bumper cars were equipped with bumpers,” he said. “Seat belts, too. There were no airbags for the drivers, but it can be only a matter of time.”

No one in Britain has ever successfully sued a ride owner over injuries sustained in a bumper car ride. Link -via Arbroath

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Commenters should search the Telegraph archive for "health and safety". This is a standard Torygraph moan. They can't tell the difference between companies covering their own arses for fear of litigation and health and safety regulations.

There is nothing in health and safety law to suggest that dodgems should not bump. This is one company, just one company, who probably have an over sensitive legal department. The "no bumping" signs can be found on most dodgems and have been there for as long as I can remember. That is all that is needed to protect a company. Call them dodgems, install a prominent no bumping sign and anybody who attempts to sue would be unlikely to succeed.
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Even in the litigious USA, you can still hop into a bumper car and get in a good round of therapeutic violence without actually hurting anyone. Of course, we Yanks have a higher tolerance for violence, although a brief glimpse of a nipple may cause some of my countrymen to fall down in foaming fits.
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"This might be just me, but doesn`t this kind of defeat the purpose of bumper car rides?"

Wow, nothing gets by you, does it, Charlotte?
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