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April 1, 2017

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
Traffic Management

April 1, 2017

John, Are you sure they were not the new highways patrol, spying on the new highly secret and incognito cops of the sleep police and on the uninsured sloths thought to be patrolling that area????

April 3, 2017

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1203
Traffic Management

April 3, 2017

Hi guys now that new road tax on vehicles from 1st April is going to get very expensive for running/owning a car/ van etc . The UK government did give the motorist a good few years of cheaper road tax ,but now you're going to catch up with in Ireland,what do I mean,well for example the cheapest taxed car here was €180 a year ,when the same car/vehicle in the U.K. was zero . My last car was €200 here and as I purchased it from the UK the tax was £20 on the windscreen,now my 2ltr Rover 800 in 2009 was €655 as apposed to £160 in Rochdale,then 2010 it went up to €700 and I scrapped it. Anyway that's all gone now and they've discovered that the diesel is more poisonous than the benz emissions,so us motorists have been conned again and going to pay for it again . Now will this reduce the traffic,NO why ?? the car is the essential piece of kit for the female or young baseball hat to show off their toys ( and poor driving skills) plus public transport is some areas poor or non existent (rural) always the pessimistic old git Riley . Then the experts are always right ,it's just a pity that 10-20 years down the line they talking a load of crap and another idea has sprung up ,how about a horse !!!!!

April 15, 2017

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1203
Traffic Management

April 15, 2017

So now ,well December 2017 the driving test will include a " sat nav" section mmmmmmm . I was wondering if the same sort of test could be mandatory for females pushing a buggy whilst on their mobile phone??? ,why how many of you have had to stop suddenly through a buggy being pushed into the road/street by someone who is on their phone ??? With the amount of traffic now on our urban/cities and between cyclists and buggies and drivers who think their at a race track ,yipes ,glad I'm only worried about rabbits.

May 11, 2017

Joined: May 5, 2014
Posts: 555
Traffic Management

May 11, 2017

Returning back home last evening from a visit to Ma in Law's, about 20 miles from our destination at a major crossroads was a barrier stating "Road Closed - Find Alternative Route". No diversion signs, no indication whatever which direction I now needed to take, just "Find Alternative Route" !   Satnav is a boon in such situations, but for strangers to the area without satnav, an absolute nightmare - how on earth are drivers to find their way when the major route is blocked off, especially when, as in this case, it was for routine re-surfacing and therefore REAL traffic management should have been well able to signpost an alternative route ? Grrrrrrrrr !! John (JKW)  

May 13, 2017

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
Traffic Management

May 13, 2017

JKW, This is a fine example of traffic management progress, to be shoor to be shoor, or is it saving a bit of cash for a humongous and even more deadly traffic management program????? Like re routing all traffic via the moon, so the traffic team could have another 5 hours sleeping at the roadside???

May 13, 2017

Joined: May 12, 2014
Posts: 683
Traffic Management

May 13, 2017

I can barely remember pre satnav days. I was lucky in that Veronika was an excellent map reader, note the past tense! Negiotiating strange, major city centres was always a lottery and a nerve jangler before they arrived on the motoring scene. . I recall driving to Düsseldorf to get my US visa to visit my parents in the early 70s. I drove around that place at least three times before deciding to park up at the 'Bahnhof' and take a taxi to the Embassy. It turned out I could have walked it!! When we were stationed in Tidworth, Mel Jameson was delayed in Belize and needed his new Mercedes collecting in Hamburg from the dealers there. Sarah asked me if I would collect it for him. I flew out and Mel had booked me a return passage on the Hamburg -Harwich ferry. The ferry terminal was on the opposite side of the city to the dealership. Imagine, you are in the CO's brand new, highly expensive Mercedes, a vehicle you have never driven before,  in a major city you have never been to before and the traffic is horrendous. I chickened out. I drove out of the dealership and stopped at the first taxi rank. I explained to the driver I wanted him to lead me to the ferry terminal. I confess he looked at me, looked at the shiny, expensive new car and I swear his expression said it all. 'This idiot has more money than sense, driving a brand spanking  new, top of the range 'merc' and can't find his way to the ferry'. I think he thought I was a bigger fool than I actually was though because he wanted the whole fare up front. Oh yeah, lose me in the 5 lane city centre traffic and then swan off for a coffee, nice little earner from the stupid Englaender! No, no, no. Half upfront, the remainder when we get there, lose me and no more money. Turns out it was DM 30 very well spent!! A satnav would have saved my anxiety and my red face!!  Apropos diversions, one year en route from our Lincolnshire home to visit V's mother in Germany the main motorway route through Holland, about 40 kms from the Rotterdam terminal, was being resurfaced and widened. There was a long, I mean long, detour off the motorway but the Dutch had signed the detour routes with numbers. There were 4 in total and after leaving the motorway the instructions were to follow the appropriate detour number. We just followed the number 2 which was our detour and about 30 klicks later we got back on route. The detour was really well signed and having the satnav as backup was a real confidence boost. No mix ups about diversion signs, no,  is that OUR diversion route? why don't they put up more diversion signs?  etc, just impressive well signed routes. It can be done!!

May 14, 2017

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1203
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May 14, 2017

I can remember back when we used to drive to the Costa Brava with our caravan/motor home coming into Paris on our way back to the port of Boullogne for the first time . Easy you say keep on the ring road around Paris ,yep did till a road sign declared Boullogne ,off we went following this sign BUT ended up in a place called   Versailles,had lunch in the palace car park. Then got the map out to get home . Another time had a fly drive in New York,stayed at a hotel at JFK airport and decided to travel into Manhatton for a quick look around. At that time the Van Eike expressway sign posted the off ramps you needed at the previous exit ,after 3 hours we decided to go back to the hotel . From then on we used taxi to and from city centre,talk about confusion.


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