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Lorry drivers deliberately blocking outside lanes

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What a complete irritation it is to have to sit behind HGV drivers who have appointed themselves as gatekeepers of the road on the approach to a closed-off lane on dual carriageways and motorways.

I think that the origin of this behaviour was to stop car drivers whizzing up to a closure at motorways speeds, before suddenly cutting back into the open lane or lanes in a dangerous manner.  All well and good, although it is still not clear who asked lorry drivers to police this particular habit.

However, what we now find, as I came across just this morning on my way into Birmingham City Centre, is lorry drivers doing the same thing when traffic is travelling very slowly.  The main A38 tunnels through Birmingham are currently closed, so traffic travelling along the A38(M) finds that the road is coned off into one lane close to the city centre.  And there he was in his truck, sat in the outside lane with 300 yards of clear carriageway in front of him before the cones started, forcing every vehicle to queue in the inside lane for a far greater distance than was necessary.  Why?

Lorries on the motorway I can only imagine that it must be out of a desire to enforce a particularly British kind of 'manners' when queuing.  True enough, nobody likes anyone pushing into the supermarket queue.  But this is not a shop, it's a road.  The Highway Code rule 134 states, "Merging in turn is recommended but only if safe and appropriate when vehicles are travelling at a very low speed, e.g.  when approaching roadworks or a road traffic incident.  It is not recommended at high speed." To me this basically says it all really.

Lorry drivers acting like nightclub doormen are neither needed nor welcome on our roads.  They just make congestion worse by denying other road users the right to safely use a clear section of carriageway.  It is not 'pushing in' or 'cutting in', it is merging in turn as recommended by the Highway Code.

So, lorry drivers, listen up.  Just get on with your driving, don't seek to modify others' behaviour.  You are not police officers, so it is no business of yours.  All you achieve is worse congestion and annoyance to drivers.  Or is this the true aim?

By: George Doors


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Fred

Fred

Try driving on the A66 across the pennines, every merge in lane is blocked by a truck driver that has appointed himself as the road police. They just cause the traffic to block up 500 yards behind them rather than where the road was designed to merge. It's their little bit of power over motorists, sad buggers.
Fred
15th Aug 18 15:44

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Mr51

Mr51

People who keep commenting about drivers who race down the outside lane; if you used both lanes equally this wouldn't be possible as you would have a slower moving queue in both lanes!

People who think that merging early means less time in a queue are also wrong, as per this RAC article: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/driving-advice/zip-merging/
Mr51
7th Mar 18 13:41

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FreddyF

FreddyF

There seem to be a lot of posters here who are unaware for the Highway Code and Highways Act 1980 s.137. The former recommends merge-in-turn and is intended to encourage full use of lanes while they are open and the latter states that deliberately blocking a carriageway is illegal.

If most drivers don't make use of the open lane then it is some kind of mass-hysteria. They are all perfectly entitled to do so.
FreddyF
5th Jan 17 06:10

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boblet

boblet

treecreeper. I used to use the Runcorn Bridge. During lane closures at peak times, drivers were in effect pushed back in the queue, by selfish drivers screaming down the outside lane then forcing themselves in front of timid drivers at the last moment. Any driver who blocks these selfish idiots has my full support.
boblet
22nd May 14 23:32

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treecreeper

treecreeper

I had a few questions. at my local council office. over my council tax payments.
it took me 3 phone calls 3 promises of a call back.
visited local office. 2 hour waiting time., due to the volume.
I will get a call back. never came.
do these big organized companies not communicate these days/
treecreeper
22nd May 14 19:52

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treecreeper

treecreeper

because my dear, on long tailbacks. approx. a mile away from the one lane reduction, (sometime 3 down to 2 lanes.
this action of a lorry driver. in the outside lane. to hold up over zealous drivers.
is actually a time saver. the lanes filter more quickly. the single line of cars ,toward the the works, flows ,with out this stopping and starting.,,,co prende
treecreeper
22nd May 14 19:32

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trucker biker clayshooter.

trucker biker clayshooter.

IM a lorry driver and a car driver and a motorcyclist. If you can accelerate quickly and safely within the 300 yards to get past upto 60ft of truck without causing a accident or breaking the law then go ahead!!!!!! As i don't really care because you will do it anyway!!!!!
trucker biker clayshooter.
17th May 14 11:04

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Strider

Strider

I came across a truck driver doing this down a 40mph dual-carriageway, it's road which opens and then merges into a single lane every few hundred yards. This truck driver decides to enforce a 35mph speed limit on everyone else by driving down the middle of both lanes every time the road opened up.
As for "queues", it's a dual carriage way, it has two lanes and two queues, if you want to sit in the LH lane like an idiot, then don't criticise people who use the road properly!!!
Strider
17th May 14 04:25

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pops

pops

Surely it's more practical if everybody uses all the available road. Just because some (or most it seems) people want to force themselves out of the soon to be closed lanes in early doesn't mean that everybody should. I've been down the closure lane more than a few times and sometimes I've travelled down nearly 2 miles of unused road. This is surely counter-productive to anyone getting where they want to go.
pops
8th Feb 14 03:50

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Tiny

Tiny

George Doors, You are the problem, by racing down the outside lane to the front, You are causing all the people who queued up orderly to wait even longer by causing a stop start effect on the traffic as you merge. You aren't merging in turn, you are clearly pushing in! To merge in turn you should fall in behind the last car in the queue. That is your turn! Don't you think everyone wants to be at the front, of course they do, but they understand by doing what you are doing only makes the problem worse! Imagine in the supermarket at the self service tills. There are 4 tills but only one queue. Do you join the back of the queue or go to the next available till?
Tiny
22nd Dec 13 00:35

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AreYouThickOrSomething

AreYouThickOrSomething

I'm not a lorry driver but I understand why they do it. They are doing the job that traffic management should be doing.

Let me explain, it's really quite simple, when a road filters down to a single lane or indeed comes down from 3 to 2 lanes, all traffic has to all go in those lanes. But vehicles coming from behind, normally travelling faster than the speed limit quickly catches up with the queue in front and pushes to the front further adding to the queue already being formed and delaying those behind.

The faster cars joining cause those behind to brake and this in turn causes a ripple affect down the queue further slowing the queue and causing a stop start motion to develop.

This continues as more cars join at faster speeds.

The problem for truck drivers is they have gear boxes with a large number of gears which require lots of gear changes to move ahead in rather small steps. Therefore to increase speed from say zero to 20 MPH may need 5 or 6 gear changes. Furthermore the gear changes are often more complex than a cars gearing system requiring double clutch pushes to go from one gear to neutral and then the next gear – its called double de-clutching. The result is the truck driver quickly becomes tired in slow traffic (which is why they often hang back in slow traffic so they can maintain a decent slow speed of advance and not have to change gear (until some idiot pulls in front and causes them to brake but that's another story).

Therefore if they are constantly stopping and starting its hard work going up and down the gears.

Occasionally one truck driver will block the outer lane. This then has the affect of progressively clearing the vehicles ahead and creating a slow steady speed which allows them and other road users to get through the jam.

So if you come upon road works or an accident do not push to the front as it slows the jam even more. Instead join the queue as far back as possible and this will help every one to get through it quicker. Finally when you see signs advising slower speeds then slow down, this will then mean your time at the queue will be less.

If everyone did this then things would clear a lot quicker.
AreYouThickOrSomething
11th Dec 13 08:34

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JohnnyB

JohnnyB

I think the operative word used being 'about' to be closed, as opposed to 'actually' closed. If a lane is open then it should be used, the cones or the road markings funneling into the other lane (rather than the lane abruptly closing) give you an idea of what is supposed to happen.

What you call "racing ahead" is what people who understand the Highway Code (Rule 134) call making progress in lane.
JohnnyB
3rd Oct 13 19:06

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Bobbie

Bobbie

Hardly changing lanes unneccesarily if that lane is about to be closed is it. Neither is racing ahead to pull infront of the car 'merging in turn'
Bobbie
25th Sep 13 13:20

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boblet

boblet

I must admit JohnnyB I have never seen the sign saying "Do not change lanes unnecessarily" or "Merge in turn". I accept those as good rules but I have never seen such signs. I have seen signs saying "merging ahead" or "be prepared to merge" Neither have I seen a sign saying "steam ahead until you run out of road then force your way in front of the first available timid driver? With me it is the "Unstoppable bully meets an Immovable object me. Or brilliant lorry driver.
boblet
16th Sep 13 20:38

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JohnnyB

JohnnyB

@boblet, I think you will find it is you who are the bully. The 'twerps' who drive up the open lane are merely following the rules as they are set out in the Highway Code (Rule 134) "Follow road signs and markings", "Do not change lanes unnecessarily" and "Merge in turn".

It is not their fault that you do not understand the Highway Code, although I have to say, it's really not that difficult - you take turns. I believe there are some very useful programmes on Cbeebies that give guidance on this concept.
JohnnyB
16th Sep 13 20:09

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