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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 11th February 2006
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I must confess, I had more of an issue with him doing 85mph rather than being in the outside lane. That's more than 50% over his speed limit, and if you look at it that way, the equivalent of doing 106mph in a car. And as anyone who's been caught doing over a ton on the motorway will attest (fortunately I only know people who have) you're liable to get the book thrown at you. Personally, I reckon Irish trucks should be forced to have speed limiters fitted and enabled if they're to be used in this country, but the way the Euro vehicular laws tend to work, as long as a vehicle is legal in its country of registration, it is by definition legal in the rest of the EU.

But on the whole, I do feel that this country is becoming too safety-obsessed, especially when it comes to the roads. There always has to be a compromise between safety and practicality, but I think the politicians have lost sight of that. If this country carries on the way it is, before we know it we'll all be driving foam rubber cars with a top speed of 10mph. Road deaths will drop to zero, but to get to the office tomorrow morning, you'll have to set off half an hour before you get home tonight.
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One of the biggest causes of cars sitting in the middle and outside lanes is not just the fact of trucks passing each other, but the possibility of it. You just know that if you sit in the left or middle lanes in averagely heavy traffic, sooner or later someone will pull out and you'll get boxed in. So you get out early ... but of course, that's what the rest are doing.

The solution (not always practical) would be four lane highways where trucks are restricted to 1st and 2nd lanes, cars to 3rd and 4th lanes and very strict regulation of lane 4 as an overtaking only lane. Of course, cars and light vans would need to use lanes 1 and 2 for joining and leaving, but only for that purpose.

Problem is, it'll cost a bomb to add 4th lanes and, as we know, very little of our road tax and other vehicle related revenues goes on maintaining and developing the road infrastructure.

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i drive a merc spreinter 311 van which is restriced to 60mph, when i go on the A1M near peterborough i often have to go into the 3rd or 4th lanes to over take lorries who are overtaking lorries who are often speaking on mobiles and not paying attention
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I think limiters and digital tachos are ok as i usually forget to switch to drive mode after the the moment the lorry i am driving now has got no tacho.
I think limiting lorries to inside lane is not a good idea. what about cars mustnt go slower then 58 mph?? as some car drivers brake when they see a lorry aproaching them and they get either scared or to annoy they brake and screw up the traffic.
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As a driver of a Merc 814 Armoured Vehicle some of our vans do 56mph and the older ones 65ish, when you catch upto a car is amazing that when you pull along side they speed up 3 mph and then your sat in the next lane looking a t**t!

I have been told that they maybe bringing in a rule that all 3.5t vehicle and above will be limited to 56mph, so they will be not more white van man doing a ton in the outside lane!

At Royal Mail they may have to start delivering mail later as if they limit all their 3.5t vans and above to 56 the whole network will slow down!
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