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Old December 21st, 2012, 02:27 AM   #2061
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I meant to ask "Doesn't everyone understand Dutch?" Wasn't sure I was getting it right. :-/
Non Dutch speakers might find this difficult in this case the sentence construction is differend from the ones I wrote. Because you are being ironic you have to add someting and it becomes: Verstaat niet iedereen Nederlands dan? Anyway your sentence wasn't wrong, just a bit strange
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Old December 21st, 2012, 02:34 AM   #2062
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Headline of the day: "One motorist in five drives without headlights at night":

http://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique/...s-la-nuit.html

Survey conducted on presumably-lighted Belgian freeways, but still....
That's a lot. And many Belgian motorways are dark these days except for the exits and junctions... I noticed yesterday the E313 between Tongeren and Hasselt (it's not a busy section but still) wasn't even lit at 7pm.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 03:11 AM   #2063
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Josham, what is the Belgian equivalent of the Dutch Rijkwaterstraat (RWS)?
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Old December 21st, 2012, 02:14 PM   #2064
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There is no Belgian equivalent. There is agentschap wegen en verkeer in Flanders and Autoroutes et route de Wallonie
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Old December 21st, 2012, 03:52 PM   #2065
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Non Dutch speakers might find this difficult in this case the sentence construction is differend from the ones I wrote. Because you are being ironic you have to add someting and it becomes: Verstaat niet iedereen Nederlands dan? Anyway your sentence wasn't wrong, just a bit strange
God, it's worse than French.

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Old December 21st, 2012, 03:53 PM   #2066
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There is no Belgian equivalent. There is agentschap wegen en verkeer in Flanders and Autoroutes et route de Wallonie
And Brussels?
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Old December 21st, 2012, 06:07 PM   #2067
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And Brussels?
Everything about transport is on this site: http://www.bruxellesmobilite.irisnet.be/

Here you can find all organisations in Belgium that go over mobility:
http://wegen-routes.be/link/linkn.html#gewest
you can click FR in the upper right corner.
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Old December 24th, 2012, 02:15 PM   #2068
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Lummen motorway interchange at night:
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While this certainly is a nice junction now, i do wonder why they haven't build it to handle more capacity....
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Old December 24th, 2012, 03:16 PM   #2070
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You mean more lanes? Because only a stack is better than a turbine, given the same amount of lanes, and these are way too comlicated for European traffic.
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Old December 24th, 2012, 03:30 PM   #2071
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Headline of the day: "One motorist in five drives without headlights at night":

http://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique/...s-la-nuit.html

Survey conducted on presumably-lighted Belgian freeways, but still....
This is a very strange article. You get the impression that 1 in 5 of the motorists drive without lights at night. Surely everbody who has been in Belgium has noticed that this isn't true!

I don't know the correct names in English for the different kind of names for the different lights of a car.
Cars have normally three kinds of lights in front. Citylights (or parking lights), normal lights (are these the headlights?) and than you have a third kind that you use on dark motorways and highways when there are'nt any cars from the opposite directed you can blind. You also use them to flash a car in front of you if they go to slow. (Well, some people do that) In French these are called "phares". What is the correct translation for this?
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Old December 24th, 2012, 03:50 PM   #2072
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It is true that Belgians leave it to the last minute before putting their headlights on. But when it's raining they put their fog lights on, which is compulsory in Belgium, but fortunately considered dangerous almost anywhere else.
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You mean more lanes? Because only a stack is better than a turbine, given the same amount of lanes, and these are way too comlicated for European traffic.
But there are turbines in Belgium with more lanes...
And how is a stack to complicated for european traffic? Some of the junctions with the R0 are stacks, they are just better integrated in the landscape then those American ones wich are hidious in most cases.

Turbine with more lanes: R0 x A201 Brussels airport

http://www.globalview.be/pictures/big/A_511090.jpg

Stack: R0 x A10

http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/p...m/44795395.jpg
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This is a very strange article. You get the impression that 1 in 5 of the motorists drive without lights at night. Surely everbody who has been in Belgium has noticed that this isn't true!

I don't know the correct names in English for the different kind of names for the different lights of a car.
Cars have normally three kinds of lights in front. Citylights (or parking lights), normal lights (are these the headlights?) and than you have a third kind that you use on dark motorways and highways when there are'nt any cars from the opposite directed you can blind. You also use them to flash a car in front of you if they go to slow. (Well, some people do that) In French these are called "phares". What is the correct translation for this?
Parking lights, headlights and "high beams." But I always thought "phares" was the normal word for headlights, not high beams.
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It is true that Belgians leave it to the last minute before putting their headlights on. But when it's raining they put their fog lights on, which is compulsory in Belgium, but fortunately considered dangerous almost anywhere else.
Most American cars don't even have fog lights.
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Most American cars don't even have fog lights.
Not even rear fog lights? They're mandatory in Europe. Otherwise you can't see vehicles in front of you in dense fog. Front fog lights are not mandatory, my car doesn't have them. Many childish adults use them for decoration (i.e. for no valid reason other than to make it look "cooler"). You can actually be fined for having fog lights on (front or rear) when visibility is not severely limited in the Netherlands, but apparently it's mandatory to have rear fog lights on during rain in Belgium, but it's considered very annoying in other countries.
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Most American cars don't even have fog lights.
On that account America is the place to be. There is nothing more annoying than being stuck behind somebody with these bloody lights on. Driving at dark when it's raining in Belgium is a real migraine stimulator as these fog lights blend extra in water.
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Not even rear fog lights? They're mandatory in Europe. Otherwise you can't see vehicles in front of you in dense fog. Front fog lights are not mandatory, my car doesn't have them. Many childish adults use them for decoration (i.e. for no valid reason other than to make it look "cooler").
I only put them on when the visibility is less then 50 metres, and not when someone is having a cigarette outside.
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Yeah, but we have SUVs that are so high that if you're in a normal car (like yours truly) with an SUV behind you even the normal headlights shine right into your rearview mirror.
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I'm talking about rear lights. Not bothered about the front ones.
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