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As stated elsewhere, this product originates from the USA where it is marketed as the TravelJohn. It is new to us so feedback at this stage has to be from across the ‘Pond’.  It is however just as relevant over here.

“My wife and I love taking the kids camping. Unfortunately finding a suitable restroom for the kids can be a little tricky, especially at night. Since we discovered the TravelJohn Jr. we spend less time looking for a safe place for the kids to go, and more time having fun as a family. Thanks for the convenience!”
- Family man in Florida

“I have three children under the age of 9 and none of them can go more than 30 minutes without having to pee. Even what should be short car trips, take forever.  If one doesn't have to go, then I can guarantee that the other two do. This is why the TravelJohn Jr. is so perfect; I just keep a few in the car and when the kids have to go they can go in the privacy of the car. It's safe and sanitary unlike all those gas station bathrooms and there's no hassle and no lost time. The TravelJohn Jr. is perfect for a mom on the go.”
- Grateful Mum in Georgia

“I wanted you to know how much of a LIFE SAVER TravelJohn Jr. is! I have a 3 1/2 year-old daughter and road trips can be somewhat of a problem. Not any more. She is willing to use the TravelJohn Jr. and I was surprised on how easy it was for her to use. Your product is a no brainer. Thanks again. It works great!”
- Pete in Florida

“When nature called, you answered. Thank you”
-T.W

“I’m a dedicated hunter, I’ll sit up in the blind all day if that’s what it takes. Let me tell you, there is nothing worse than worrying about having that second cup of coffee because you don’t want to have to climb out to relieve yourself or the alternative, use a plastic bottle. So when I seen the TravelJohn I had to give it a try. Wow!!! I couldn’t believe what I’d been missing. Now when I have to go after that second cup, no problem… I don’t even have to leave the blind. Not to mention, the wife can use it too! Man, I’ve never seen a better solution to such a simple problem!”
- Happy Hunter


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How does the law stand concerning urinating or defecating in public?  Well, it is currently an offence under by-laws set out in the Home Office model by-laws set No. 8: Bylaws for Good Rule and Government.  By-law No. 24 of the set reads: "No person shall urinate or defecate in any public place".  An offender under the by-law is liable to a fine not exceeding level 2 (currently £500).  These bylaws are in place in most major towns and cities in the UK.

The press has had the following to say…

‘According to last week's Anti-Social Behaviour Act we can no longer spit, litter, urinate or swear in public without running the risk of paying a substantial financial penalty. However, finding a working public loo is no easy matter. Britain may have recently celebrated 150 years of public toilets (the first was opened in Fleet Street to stop the spread of disease), but most have become too costly to maintain, say councils. Forty-seven per cent of England's public conveniences have closed since 1995, according to the Audit Commission… and only a third of the remainder now provide toilet roll as standard.

There is now only one public convenience per 8,000 UK bladders. London's busiest loos, in Leicester Square, serve one million customers a year. That's some queue….To go on the street will be breaking the law - unless I direct my frustration, and my stream, against the rear wheel of my car, keeping my right hand on the vehicle. That, by some arcane twist, is still a legal procedure for public peeing.’
The Independent 30 January 2004

 

‘The number of public loos has diminished by 50 per cent according to Mike Bone, Director of the British Toilet Association, a finding backed up by other government investigations. London has seen the worst decline with just 400 public toilets left in a city with nearly 7.5 million people. That’s one for nearly 18,000 Londoners. Quite a queue!

It gets worse. There are 28 million visitors to London, of whom 12 million are from overseas and there is just one public toilet for every 67,000. That’s even before we consider the 2012 Olympics. Public transport is no better: Of data supplied by 255 Tube stations, only 88 (35 per cent) have public toilet provision.

Beijing spent $48million (£27million) to provide 4,700 public toilets for the 2008 Games, one for every 500 metres. In addition all restaurants, shops and hotels have to offer their toilets for the use of non-customers for free.
I’m a healthy young woman and I find the lack of public loos in London extremely inconvenient. So how much worse it must be for older people, pregnant women, parents with young children and those with urinary health issues.’
The Big Issue, September 2008

 

‘It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle.   Certainly this is the case with taxi drivers. In the olden days, the cabbie was not allowed to leave his horse unattended. So, if nobody was there to look after the said animal, the cabbie was allowed to pee on his rear wheel furthest from the pavement.

He was not allowed to use a front wheel in case it splashed on the horse, and he had to use the rear wheel furthest from the pavement to avoid splashing pedestrians…

There are an increasing number of specialist user groups, whose lives are affected by the state of Britain’s public toilets. These include people with mental or physical disabilities and their carers; the infirm or elderly; people with babies or young children and people of all ages who are coping with a range of medical conditions.’
BBC NEWS  December 2006