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BABY ON BOARD - who gets 'on board' a car?

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MrsBates Tue 16-Sep-08 00:56:07

And if the phrase itself isn't annoying enough, what is the point?

Still, it's not as bad as saying 'Cheeky Monkey on board' or 'Daddy's Princess on board'. I suppose a sign saying 'Child in car' is OK.

But are drivers who are too impatient to care when a human is quite obviously driving the car likely to be more courteous when they it's actually a human WITH A BABY? I guess it tells people to look carefully at the number of passengers in case of an accident. What else is it for?

fortyplus Tue 16-Sep-08 00:58:00

It irritates me, too, but originally the idea was so that if the vehicle was involved in a crash the emergency services would know to look for a baby. Pretty pointless nowadays when everyone straps babies into car seats and leaves the sign in the back even when the child isn't there.

MrsBates Tue 16-Sep-08 01:01:48

Well that makes sense about the accident. Think really it's the 'on board' that annoys me. A bit twee.

We're up late aren't we?

fortyplus Tue 16-Sep-08 01:05:34

Haven't got to go to work tomorrow (today?!) and hadn't been on MN or FB for a while and got a bit carried away!

fortyplus Tue 16-Sep-08 01:06:18

What about 'Dad's Taxi' grin

fortyplus Tue 16-Sep-08 01:06:52

And don't get me started on personalised number plates grin

MrsBates Tue 16-Sep-08 01:08:33

That is quite funny. I go to bed much too late. Always up until - well about now at earliest. Not working, well, am looking after my 3 children who will be up in 5 hours. Maybe I should retire. Yes, I should.

MrsBates Tue 16-Sep-08 01:09:40

Oh no, I am supposed to go to bed. And those numberplates in copperplate typefaces. I thought the idea is that they should be legible.

fortyplus Tue 16-Sep-08 01:12:30


fortyplus Tue 16-Sep-08 01:14:06

This is reminding me of hearing Jonathan Ross on the radio going on about personalised numberplates. He said wouldn't it be so much cheaper to get a windscreen sticker saying W*NKER grin

MrsBates Tue 16-Sep-08 01:17:05

Bet he's got one. Sometimes the most unexpected people have them. Right - I like you but I am going to bed. Sleep well when you head that way.

fortyplus Tue 16-Sep-08 01:19:10

Thanks - night night smile

Really should go now - and enjoy looking after the 3 children. I did my penance of 12 years as SAHM but started working part time 3 years ago smile

fortyplus Tue 16-Sep-08 01:21:09

I used to work for a company called John Dickinson Stationery - we all had personalised company number plates - my last ever company car was K90JDS.

So I'm a fine one to talk grin

nappyaddict Tue 16-Sep-08 01:23:13

actually they weren't invented cos of a car accident they were invented to get other drivers to drive extra carefully around cars with children "on board" see here for more detail

fortyplus Tue 16-Sep-08 01:34:26

Ahhh... but if you read it right thru it says that the inspiration for the signs came from a friend who saw 'similar signs in Europe'. I heard a fireman on the radio giving the explanation back in about 1980. I don't think it was necessarily because a child had already died - it was just that someone came up with the idea because small children used to go through the front windscreen of the car if they weren't strapped in - which only became law about that time

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