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post #22 of (permalink) Old 29th March 2011
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I think the problem with trucks and people who don't know much about the haulage industry is that it's easy to call them for taking a long time to overtake, however it may have HUGE benefits for that driver at the end of his/her shift.Tight deadlines that they have and also the Working Time Directive and Tachograph laws could mean the difference between getting home that day or in worst case being stuck in the truck for 45hours as they've ran out of working time that week.

For a worst case example. Truck spends however long overtaking another, but he is 1mph faster, over a 2 hour run he/she gains 2miles(or just slightly under)that they wouldn't have gained being stuck behind the other truck. At the end of the day, driver returns to base with 1 minute of driving time left, can park up and go home to his/her family.

Had he/she not of passed the truck and ran out of driving time a mile from base, they have to legally park up in a place if safe to do so and take a regular rest period, if the driver is at the end of shift and end of weekly driving hours this could result in them having to park up for 45hours! Even just the end of shift would result in minimum 9hrs parked up and not getting home. It does happen.

Of course their is always drivers who will just overtake for the hell of it, but the above is a realistic example of what can happen.

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