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Re: Motorway Madness - A Rant

I'm a lorry driver !!
I know the roads of the UK rather well and must confess i'd rather drive in London than Brum !!

From my experience the M5/M6 interchange is a right clusterfook...!!!
poorly though out plan and ill conceived idea to join 2major arterial motorways by what was around 200yds of slip roads !!!

Other points raised equally valid...

Lorry drivers running out of time...this means a failed delivery or the driver staying in truck !!
Middle Lane hogs !! If you drive in lane 2 say at 54mph you are then slower than a lot of trucks !! this means the truck will pass you at 56mph in the inside lane !! why ?? because trucks are banned in outside lane..!!!!

Europe has the right idea...their motorway Police will pull you over and fine you if you stay in middle lane longer than needed to overtake... think of this...
you hog middle lane at say even law, technically you are not allowed to undertake therefore lane 1 is not in use, now you have "blocked" lane 2 because of your speed, so all traffic in lane 2 behind you only has lane 3 to use...along with the traffic still in lane 3....

in my view and a lot of lorry drivers, all car drivers once they pass their test and BEFORE they get their licence from DVLA must attend 1 day with a lorry driver, 1 day with a coach driver to understand the roads form our side of the windscreen...
this will give them a better understanding of how much we can and cant see or do when driving 44 tons/55ft length of vehicles.

This would potentially save lives as car drivers might think twice about overtaking then pulling in sharply in front !! 44ton will not stop that quickly...!!

This entry slip lane to motorways are my real problem area....!!!!
the dotted line at the end of it is classed as a giveway line !! you are joining the motorway not me..!! therefore by law you are obliged to give way not expect those on motorway to move over....sometimes impossible with the traffic flow !!
Highway code states this....!!
if i can i will move over but not if its too busy !!
Courtesy costs nothing and makes for a great day on the road if everyone shows it and respect !!!
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