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Lorry Drivers Threaten To Bring Scotland To A Standstill

Article by: rob brady
Date: 24 Jun 2014

In a new twist to the region's long running speed camera debate,
HGV drivers have threatened a go-slow on the A9.

They are up in arms about the average speed cameras which are being introduced along the road which is also known as the spine of Scotland.

They want the Scottish Government to scrap the 2.5 million project. The cameras are not actually live yet.

Conor McKenna, who previously led a campaign to increase the HGV speed limit along the A9 from 40mph to 50mph commented "it is only a matter of time before there is an accident".

He said that there have been reports of truckers slamming on their brakes as soon as the cameras come into sight.

McKenna intends to arrange convoys to demonstrate what he believes will happen when the cameras come into force, effectively causing a go-slow between cameras.

Highland MSP Dave Thompson called the move "utterly irresponsible".


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Posted by sussamb on Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:53 am Reply with quote

Perhaps the truckers should just stick to the limit, honestly!

If they have to 'slam on their brakes' when they see a speed camera they're travelling far too fast and are a danger just by driving that fast.

Where there's a will ... there's a way.

Posted by UKSNAPPER on Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:53 am Reply with quote

"Slamming" on the brakes is just a headline catcher.
Anyone not knowing where the cameras are and who drives for a living should invest in a subscription to pocket GPS !
In reality average speed cameras are just that,average.
You could go like stink between them so long as you stop for a bit to drop you average down to their limit if that how you get your kicks, and its something a satnav device will work out for you.

Id rather be riding a Motorcycle but My Subaru Forester SH is pretty good too.

Posted by Guivre46 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:27 pm Reply with quote

I think the term 'comfort braking' was used in a previous discussion. It seems to me that the majority of drivers like to go past any camera below the actual speed limit. So not only does a warning of a camera get people to check their own speed, it prepares drivers for others to brake.

Mike R [aka Wyvern46]
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Posted by Wazza_G on Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:48 pm Reply with quote

You needn't worry.

Lorry drivers wouldn't have balls or have brains to do it, for the simple reason that too many of them wouldn't keep the idea, the time & date schtum.

I mean by making it known in the public domain that they've had the idea/notion of doing it, proves the point.

Secondly, they're too reliant on trucking. No movement, no wages. Simples.

It's bit like asking a woman to shut up talking... Not a chance in hell! Rolling Eyes

Be alert.. This country needs more lerts.

Posted by TheGas on Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:22 pm Reply with quote

Personally, I have average speed cameras installed on every motorway.

Posted by Wazza_G on Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:32 pm Reply with quote

TheGas Wrote:
Personally, I have average speed cameras installed on every motorway.

But then you're probably one of life's brown nosers aren't you. Don't tell me that you have never ever gone 1mph over the limit, because I will tell you you're a liar!

It doesn't bother me I know most of the back routes to where I frequent anyway and most of them are quiet so I can get a fair lick on, mind you all these silly cameras will do is transfer the traffic to the smaller roads so more accidents.

Be alert.. This country needs more lerts.

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