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Driving Standards

Discussion in 'transport' started by hash tag, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    I have to drive a van with a big blind spot directly behind and no reverse alarm. If I'm reversing I check the wing mirrors and over the shoulder then stick it in reverse and rev the engine loud a couple of times with the clutch down, as an audible warning I'm about to move. Then take a couple of seconds to check again and complete the reverse really really slowly, eyes on the wing mirrors every moment. So far, so good :hmm:
     
  2. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt & dyslexic cnut.

    As I van driver, I was just going to post exactly that. :thumbs:
     
  3. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Now that cameras on vehicles with live video feed to the driver have become both commonplace and perfectly affordable, why has no country made any moves to make them compulsory on vans and trucks? It seems criminal not to...
     
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  4. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    For filming the driver to ensure they are not using a phone etc. while driving or the road ahead to check lane positioning etc.
    tachographs already keep track of speed and many Lorry's are restricted anyway.
     
  5. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    Won't someone think of the cost to UK business......

    Because of the slow moving car crash that is Brexit and the government's stated aim that it mustn't cost business money there is zero chance of them doing anything which might be seen as lumbering business before this is all resolved. They're quite simply paralysed.
     
  6. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Rear facing cameras with a live video screen to the driver, so lorry and van drivers can see what's behind them when they're reversing. Ditto blind spots on either side of the vehicle.
     
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  7. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    I get that, but have you ever looked at an artic? If you look carefully, the invariably have a different number plate on the tractor from the trailer because they are so interchangeable and I guess the technology could be different.
    For solid lorry's a great idea though.
     
  8. dervish

    dervish if you flibble when you wibble, don't wobble

    Surely that's illegal? How can you have a different number on the back from the front?
     
  9. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    90%+ of foreign registered trucks have a different plate on the tractor when compared to the tralier. It is a high percentage for British registered ones.
    If you are unlucky enough to get in a scrape with one, always get the number from the cab, never the trailer.
     
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  10. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    Driving up the M1 this evening, I saw a Dutch transit style van towing a trailer. It had 2 different registrations.
     

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