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Old July 17th, 2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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'NO TRUCKS IN LEFT LANE' law

Besides in New York, New Jersey and Quebec highways, where else are trucks not allowed in left lane? In N.Y. State even buses and trailers are prohibited driving in left lane for safety and visibility reason for other drivers. I like it!
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Old July 17th, 2013, 04:31 AM   #2
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In Belgium trucks are prohibited on left lane unless otherwise stated between 7h and 19h, weekdays.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #3
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Some stretches of interstate in Texas with high traffic levels such as I-10 thru Houston and I-35 in Austin ban trucks from using the left lane. However there isn't a statewide law prohibiting trucks from using the left lane.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 08:31 AM   #4
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Not sure about the whole of Canada, but here in Ontario trucks are not allowed to use the leftmost lane on 6+ lane highways. The speed limit for them remains the same as cars: 100km/h.

Pic of a sign that shows this by me:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...d_in_1_km!.JPG
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Old July 17th, 2013, 08:42 AM   #5
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On the E6 along the swedish west coast there are sections prohibiting heavy traffic in the left lane during certain hours, for example here: http://goo.gl/maps/g88aR
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Old July 17th, 2013, 08:46 AM   #6
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In Slovakia, trucks overtaking on motorways and expresways is prohibited. Therefore they are forced to use only the right lane. It was introduced and verified first on D1 motorway in 2006.



Since 2009 it has been formulated as a general law to every section of motorway/expresway. Nevertheless, the traffic signs have disappeared so I am not sure if foreign truck drivers know that.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 09:14 AM   #7
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In Germany trucks are permanently banned from the left lane on all Autobahn stretches that have 3 or more lanes in one direction.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 10:57 AM   #8
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In Slovakia, trucks overtaking on motorways and expresways is prohibited. Therefore they are forced to use only the right lane. It was introduced and verified first on D1 motorway in 2006.
Since 2009 it has been formulated as a general law to every section of motorway/expresway. Nevertheless, the traffic signs have disappeared so I am not sure if foreign truck drivers know that.
it's displayed on the border sign: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3836

small compensation for trucks, they can drive 90kph on motorways/expressways and national roads outside inhabited areas
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Old July 17th, 2013, 11:00 AM   #9
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Road sign on I-35 near Austin, TX.
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IMG_2528 by el_dreamer_, on Flickr
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Old July 17th, 2013, 11:59 AM   #10
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Stockholm, Sweden. No vehicles weighing over 3.5 metric tons, which of course include lorries.


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Old July 17th, 2013, 07:10 PM   #11
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In the UK, vehicles with speed restricters over 3.5T, and all trucks over 7.5T, are banned from the outermost lane (in our case, the right-hand lane) on all motorways with three or more lanes in the carriageway. (That doesn't apply on other dual carriageways, though, unless the sign says - the Dartford Tunnel is one example.)
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Old July 17th, 2013, 09:30 PM   #12
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In California, when there are 2 or 3 travel lanes, trucks are restricted to the far right lane except when passing. When there are 4 or more travel lanes, trucks are restricted to the right 2 lanes.

There are cases scattered throughout California where trucks are allowed in other lanes but only when there are signs permitting (i.e. "TRUCKS OK" plaques on overhead guide signs).

Buses are allowed in any lane on California freeways, however, cars towing trailers must follow the same lane-use restrictions as trucks. Why the distinction? Buses observe the auto traffic speed limit (65-70 MPH) but trucks and cars towing trailers are limited to 55 MPH on California freeways.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 10:21 PM   #13
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In California, when there are 2 or 3 travel lanes, trucks are restricted to the far right lane except when passing. When there are 4 or more travel lanes, trucks are restricted to the right 2 lanes.

There are cases scattered throughout California where trucks are allowed in other lanes but only when there are signs permitting (i.e. "TRUCKS OK" plaques on overhead guide signs).

Buses are allowed in any lane on California freeways, however, cars towing trailers must follow the same lane-use restrictions as trucks. Why the distinction? Buses observe the auto traffic speed limit (65-70 MPH) but trucks and cars towing trailers are limited to 55 MPH on California freeways.
Can you post some pictures?
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Old July 18th, 2013, 01:02 AM   #14
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This is a mandatory road sign

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Old July 18th, 2013, 01:18 AM   #15
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I don't happen to have any pictures but how about links to Google Maps Street View...

"AUTOS WITH TRAILERS - TRUCKS - RIGHT LANE ONLY"
https://www.google.com/maps?ll=39.46...,249.77,,2,0.9

"TRUCKS OK" plaque (not sure why the images was taken at that angle)
https://www.google.com/maps?ll=34.10...44.91,,1,-0.71

"TRUCKS OK" sign
https://www.google.com/maps?ll=38.63...49.87,,1,-6.22
Note: The sign allows trucks to be in the third lane from the right.

https://www.google.com/maps?ll=38.58...,188.79,,1,-10
Note: This sign allows trucks to be in the 2nd lane from the right and not have to be passing slower vehicles.

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Old July 18th, 2013, 01:56 AM   #16
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NO TRUCKS IN LEFT LANE is more clear
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Old July 18th, 2013, 02:23 AM   #17
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NO TRUCKS IN LEFT LANE is more clear
"NO TRUCKS IN LEFT LANE" implies that trucks can be in any lane other than the far left lane. That wouldn't work in California because on a freeway with 4 travel lanes, trucks are not allowed in the TWO left lanes. If the freeway has 5 travel lanes, trucks are not allowed in the THREE left lanes.

In other words, trucks are only allowed in the two right lanes if there are 4 or more lanes available.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 02:34 AM   #18
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"NO TRUCKS IN LEFT LANE" implies that trucks can be in any lane other than the far left lane. That wouldn't work in California because on a freeway with 4 travel lanes, trucks are not allowed in the TWO left lanes. If the freeway has 5 travel lanes, trucks are not allowed in the THREE left lanes.

In other words, trucks are only allowed in the two right lanes if there are 4 or more lanes available.
Then "NO TRUCKS IN LEFT XX LANE" more clear rather than "OK".
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Old July 20th, 2013, 06:46 AM   #19
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In Victoria, Australia, we have NO TRUCKS IN THE RIGHT LANE on the M1 Princes Fwy between Melbourne and Geelong since 2009. This Fwy stretch is three lanes in each direction. The signage is just like the one in the Ontario photograph.

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