Category: Road Life

Why are service stations a rip-off?

Today the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, called for an investigation into what he called “exploitative” fuel prices at motorway service stations, which are typically 20p per litre above prices elsewhere (and the gap between...

If you don’t like trucks, don’t buy stuff

A member of Kent County Council has called for trucks to be banned from roads in Kent, claiming they cause “more damage than 10,000 cars” driving through his village. Seán Holden, council member for...

Amazon Tetris?!

Scrolling through the timeline of “somebody that I used to know”, I saw a tweet which had been retweeted more than 25,000 times as of this writing and which has even been the subject...

Why is speeding not a taboo?

There’s a video up on the BBC News website asking the above question, namely why speeding is not a taboo as drink driving became as a result of years of public campaigns including regular...

Review: TomTom Go Professional 6250

If you’re a truck driver nowadays, you’ll need a HGV-aware sat-nav (GPS unit). There are many stories about truck drivers getting their vehicles stuck down back alleys, teetering on the edges of cliffs or...

Why ‘platooning’ is a bad thing

I’m a truck driver and for the most part I enjoy my job. I get to see different parts of the country every day and much of what I see apart from roads (and...

Honi soit qui mal y pense

Outcry over sexualised hijab schoolgirl (from The Australian) Honi soit qui mal y pense is a Norman French phrase, meaning “shame on he who thinks ill of it”. It appears on the British royal...

Tories’ road fund is no revolution

This morning it was announced that the government was diverting just over a sixth of the £5.8bn assigned two years ago to the National Roads Fund (NRF) from trunk roads and motorways to regional...

Lower Thames Crossing: the worst possible option

Yesterday it was announced that the preferred route for the “East Thames Crossing”, a tunnel under the Thames east of the current easternmost crossing at Dartford, had been announced. The proposed route branches off...

What is a congestion charge for?

London mayor Sadiq Khan issues £2.5m VW congestion charge call So, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, is demanding that Volkswagen pay up £2.5m to compensate the London taxpayer for a discount that drivers...

On safety around trucks and mobiles

Part of this is a public service announcement. I was involved in a minor collision a couple of weeks ago. The scene is in the photograph on the right. I was taking this bend...

A new speed limit at midnight

Tonight at midnight, the speed limits for trucks on roads in England and Wales go up by 10mph: the maximum speed on single-carriageway roads to 50mph, and on dual carriageways to 60mph (in practice,...