tger greenhaddock: Bloody Lorry Drivers

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Bloody Lorry Drivers

Since Germany placed a toll on lorries driving on its autobahns, many lorry drivers have sought alternative routes to cut down on their costs. This has resulted in many villages having a constant stream of trucks thundering though their quiet streets on a 24 hour basis. Marburg has struck back and has banned lorries from driving on the small roads from Marburg up to Kassel. This is great news.

We recently drove up to Kassel and I couldn't believe the amount of trucks on the road. Of course the ban has provisions for vehicles that are dropping goods off in the area, but it should stop the long distance lorries clogging up the roads. It is hoped the ban will stop in excess of 900 trucks a day. Unfortunately the fine for breaking the ban is only €20. A lot of people have commented that this fine is way to low. I agree the drivers should be made to pay much more and be flogged in public as a deterent to others! - I hate lorry drivers! :)

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Anonymous Belinda said...

to be fair, it's really their bosses that should be fined. Most of the time they are being told "get there as fast as you can any way you can". €20 is seriously chump change for those trucking companies...they should reprice it!

I'm so glad we don't allow heavy traffic through our city. That would really drive me bonkers!

October 19, 2006 1:01 PM  
Blogger Maribeth said...

I hate them too. What has always been so nicde about Germany are the quiet villages and back roads. I simply cannot imagine some of those small streets being shared with Lorry's.

October 19, 2006 2:21 PM  
Blogger In Actual Fact said...

Oi! What's wrong with being a lorry driver? Having an HGV licence was how I just about managed to pay to be a student.
And Belinda's right, it's generally not the driver's fault - if your boss wants 38 tonnes of something deliverd to the other end of the country by 8 p.m. then you pretty much have to deliver it. A €20 fine is absolutely irrelevant. I'm not even going to talk about fiddling with the tachograph, although I guess the new German toll system would make that harder than in the good old days....

October 19, 2006 3:55 PM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

I'm a bit anti-truck driver too. The trucks rip up the road something shocking making the roads more damaging to local vehicles whose insurance companies raise premiums willy nilly for each and every claim. If it were up to me, I'd have separate roads for only trucks and lorries, keeping them out of my rear view mirror all together!

October 19, 2006 3:56 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

I agree with you Haddock. The law should be making sure that it would never pay off to use other solutions than to pay the road tolls.

I don't mind truckers at all - but as for pollution they should pay for their piece of the cake.

I think we will have something like that here in Denmark soon - I hope.

October 19, 2006 4:28 PM  
Blogger Mike B said...

Yeah ... try driving the A5 in the morning, when everyone is in the left lane because they don't want to get caught behind the lorries. Even more frustrating, despite the ban on lorries in the passing lane, when they try to overtake one another at 70KPH. Uggh! Sorry they end up in your town, however.

What is really funny is that in Europe the lorries are quite tame, driving at 100 or so tops ... in the USA that is the bottom limit at which they drive, despite the fact that that is roughly the official speed limit.

Yes, they should be flogged for a number of offenses.

October 20, 2006 2:49 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Ah, yes, but do you like what the lorries deliver?

October 20, 2006 2:17 PM  
Blogger The Naked Nerd said...

I agree 100%. Damm trucks just make it more congested. The fine should be a lot higher, 20 euros is a joke.

October 22, 2006 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I think it's the darned scientists that are to blame. If they would hurry up and invent instant matter transport we wouldn't have a need for lorry drivers. But they sit on their big brains, forcing the transport companies to be competitive to be able to provide employment and make a living, and the poor lorry drivers to drive under any and all conditions to feed their families, and the villages to suffer, and the citizens, and the roads.

I think we should flog the scientists and make them pay! I hate scientists! ;)

October 22, 2006 2:37 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I hate traffic period. Reminds me of how it is when we go from north van to vancouver. We hate it! In all sseriousness, I'd break the rules if I only had to pay a 20Euro fine!

October 22, 2006 6:10 PM  

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