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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:11 pm    Post subject: Lorries and Dual Carriageways Reply with quote

I went up to Leeds last week (there and back on a single tank at 28mpg) and I took a different route to my normal one (M40/M69/M1) along the M42/A42.

Near Tamworth there is a 3 mile stretch of dual carriageway where the Highways Authority are trialling an approach such that between 7am and 7pm, vehicles over 7.5 tonnes were not allowed to use the outside lane.

Amazing - as soon as we entered this stretch, the traffic flowed quicker and then 3 miles later the first lorry pulls out and everything backs up. Not only that but the jostling started and we were on and off the brakes every few moments.

Now I know these guys have a job to do, but this trial seemed to make real sense by allowing faster moving traffic (not just 0.0001mph faster) to keep moving and remain at safe distances apart.

What do the rest of you think about this?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They also did it along a stretch of the A14 too and it seemed OK too.

If I am correct, they do it in peak periods on the German Autobahns as I discovered on the factory trip.

Mind you, I am lead to believe that it is an offence on the Autobahn to make a car in the overtaking lane brake if you are pulling out from the inside, now there's one to adopt in the UK!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

v8 ego wrote:
Mind you, I am lead to believe that it is an offence on the Autobahn to make a car in the overtaking lane brake if you are pulling out from the inside, now there's one to adopt in the UK!!


Don't get me onto that.

It sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately most drivers believe that by switching on their indicator grants them a God-given right to pull out - whatever the circumstances and whoever it causes a problem to.

That is assuming they know what the indicator is for in the first place Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles wrote:
That is assuming they know what the indicator is for in the first place Evil or Very Mad


I have seen BMW garages removing indicator bulbs on new cars as most consider them superfluous items Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dose it apply to our cars? Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting back to the original post - I noticed in the papers this week that the trials on the M42 have proven successful and that the concept of preventing HGVs from overtaking on dual carriageway roads is to be extended.

Personally, I hope that they do this on the A34 as soon as possible Exclamation
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