As I stood campaigning for the Second Vote for Brexit in Hampstead High Street, I noticed a moped rider sitting with his exhaust pointing straight into our stand on the pavement. He was blandly waiting for his next delivery and I was very irate by his disregard for a crowded high street. So I went up to him and explained that he should not have his motor engine running. He looked blankly at me – and I gave him a leaflet. I explained that he should switch off his engine immediately unless he moved off now. He said he was about to go and put the leaflet in his back pocket. Ten seconds later he was off.
To those around me, I looked quite assertive but moped riders have had a bad press – and frankly it was easier to take the forthright attitude – as he was not in a vehicle to protect himself.