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Old June 20th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #10301
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A driving Christmas tree. There are already large front lights, side lights and back lights. The only thing I miss on a truck is a high-positioned braking light on the back of a trailer, now only the vehicle immediately behind the truck can see him braking, other people can't. But it's hard to implement as there are many different sizes of trailers.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #10302
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Btw, I agree on Chris' point, but I like the introduction of reflective tape, as well as I appreciated the new system of upper tail lights.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 07:29 PM   #10303
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great video. too bad it doesn't slow down when getting on the train. that part is funny how it suddenly enters the train.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 07:43 PM   #10304
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A driving Christmas tree. There are already large front lights, side lights and back lights. The only thing I miss on a truck is a high-positioned braking light on the back of a trailer, now only the vehicle immediately behind the truck can see him braking, other people can't. But it's hard to implement as there are many different sizes of trailers.
Most of the times, to my opinion, truck's lights are underdimensioned. Today a truck in front of me couldn't turn left because of the stream of cars overtaking it and not noticing the (ridiculously) small blinker...
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Old June 20th, 2011, 11:00 PM   #10305
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Old June 21st, 2011, 11:16 AM   #10306
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Thatcher can count herself a ******* failure!
Nah, she restored the British finances and modernized the country, eliminating decrepit and faltering, jurassic State enterprises like British Telecom, British Rail and British Coal. I can barely imagine the outrageous idea of having a State company be responsible to provide us Internet access.

She also put an definitive end to de-colonization, which had gone wary by late 1970s with independence of Belize, repelling an Argentinian invasion on the Falklands (though the context there was not de-colonization at all as islanders didn't want by any means to become Argentinians). Even if it was a not very big conflict, it restored the confidence of British forces, which would prove crucial in later developments in Balkans (Bosnia + Kosovo), Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Old June 21st, 2011, 02:24 PM   #10307
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Be all that as it may, there are lots of perfectly good reasons why a man (or woman) above age 30 might find himself on a bus. (Such as the fact that most of my five-block route to work is covered by a single bus line, so if I'm a little late or it's raining....) While some people may want to see everyone live in the suburbs and drive everywhere, I'm sure Mrs. Thatcher would be of the right-wing school of thought that encourages people to make their own choices, even the choice to live in cities. Therefore, she can still kiss my ass.
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Old June 21st, 2011, 03:03 PM   #10308
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She didn't restore the finances of the British people
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 06:52 AM   #10309
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USA car theft figures

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Auto theft in the United States dropped to its lowest levels since 1967 last year, according to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Vehicle theft rates dropped an estimated 7.2% between 2009 and 2010, the NICB said, based on FBI crime data. A total of about 795,000 vehicles were stolen in 2009.

Auto thefts weren't down everywhere, however. Thefts rose in the five metro areas that had the highest rate of thefts. Those metro areas, all on the West Coast, are Fresno, Modesto and Bakersfield-Delano in California, followed by Spokane, Wash., and Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.

Regional theft rates are calculated based on the number of vehicles stolen compared to the population.

All of the top 10 metro areas for auto theft are on the West Coast. That fact that can probably be attributed to the high rate of car ownership and easy access to ports and international border crossings, said NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi. Professional auto theft rings often try to move cars out of the country.

Reasons for the overall decline in auto thefts include improved built-in anti-theft technology in cars, Scafidi said, and better enforcement, including "bait car" programs.

Police in many cities have been using specially equipped cars that are left parked with the keys in them to attract opportunistic auto thieves. The cars can then be shut off using remote control as thieves try to drive away with them.

Since a relatively small number of auto thieves account for a large number of thefts, "bait car" programs have proven especially effective at fighting the problem.

"There were a lot of very prolific thieve that were taken off the streets in the last few years," Scafidi said.

The NICB recommends a combination of common sense, warning devices, car immobilizing technology and tracking devices to protect against auto theft.
Immobilizing devices include things like smart keys that prevent the engine from being started with copied keys and devices that prevent fuel from flowing unless a hidden button is pressed.

Tracking devices emit signals that allow the vehicle to be located quickly from a remote location.
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America's most stolen cars - per thousand vehicles
1. Cadillac Escalade (10.8)
2. Chevrolet Silverado (8.0)
3. Dodge Charger (7.4)
4. Chevrolet Avalanche (7.4)
5. Infiniti G37 Coupe (7.1)
6. GMC Sierra Crew Cab (6.7)
7. Nissan Maxima (6.5)
8. Hummer H2 (6.2)
9. GMC Yukon XL 4WD (6.0)
10. Chevrolet Tahoe (5.8)
Apparently, American thieved to have a taste for GM made cars.

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Top 10 places for auto theft
1. Fresno, Calif.
2. Modesto, Calif.
3. Bakersfield-Delano, Calif.
4. Spokane, Wash.
5. Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.
6. Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville, Calif.
7. Stockton, Calif.
8. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.
9. San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, Calif.
10. Yakima, Wash.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 03:44 PM   #10310
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Your contempt for huge segments of the population is breathtaking. No wonder you're an admirer of Thatcher and Robert Moses. And your passive-aggressive way of responding to those of us who have the effrontery to disagree with you and your worldview (Shall we call it "totalitarian suburbanism"? - it's new to me) is actually a bit pathetic.

You're on "ignore," if I can find it. (I know it exists, but have only used it once.) Someone else can explain what a BRT is.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 03:45 PM   #10311
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Top ten is all in the West. You'd think that places like Michigan would be on there right?
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 08:10 PM   #10312
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Hello there, I'm new here - but Ive been following this forum for quite some time. I live partly in Austria and the UK, am Dutch born and I'm a European delivery driver in a van, and there aren't many highways and byways I havent been on in Europe. Will upload pictures later. I think I will enjoy it here, I've always had a great interest in infrastructure, road layouts and road signages in different countries.

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Old June 22nd, 2011, 08:31 PM   #10313
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Sat-nav strands hapless Hungarian trucker and his 40-ton lorry in a VERY narrow country lane

Ther're very interesting comments at the bottom (click View all).
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 08:51 PM   #10314
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Amazing how xenophobic people are. I mean, some even argue that people who do not speak English should not be driving a truck in the United Kingdom. I say, turn that around and ban English truckers from driving on the European mainland.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 09:16 PM   #10315
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Hello there, I'm new here - but Ive been following this forum for quite some time. I live partly in Austria and the UK, am Dutch born and I'm a European delivery driver in a van, and there aren't many highways and byways I havent been on in Europe. Will upload pictures later. I think I will enjoy it here, I've always had a great interest in infrastructure, road layouts and road signages in different countries.

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Amazing how xenophobic people are. I mean, some even argue that people who do not speak English should not be driving a truck in the United Kingdom. I say, turn that around and ban English truckers from driving on the European mainland.
Cool idea
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 09:39 PM   #10316
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Amazing how xenophobic people are. I mean, some even argue that people who do not speak English should not be driving a truck in the United Kingdom. I say, turn that around and ban English truckers from driving on the European mainland.
Brilliant idea
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 10:44 PM   #10317
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if you want rare Croatian plates, then you should search for IM (Imotski) and DE (Delnice). for DE i know that they have reached combination DE-999-Z just few years ago IM is similar.
i was in DE area today. i say plates DE-645-AD, so they are doing well
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 12:37 AM   #10318
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I've seen a Google StreetView car today in Warsaw. It was a white-green Opel Astra on German (Hamburger) plates.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 03:56 AM   #10319
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I would like to see one of those one day, they must look strange

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Amazing how xenophobic people are. I mean, some even argue that people who do not speak English should not be driving a truck in the United Kingdom. I say, turn that around and ban English truckers from driving on the European mainland.
If such a ban comes into place, all British lorry drivers going onto the continent should be required to speak the languages of all countries they go through.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 10:39 AM   #10320
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ppl you don't understand. we are all supposed to know English naturally, since the day of our birth


edit: one month ago in my firm i had delivery by Turkish driver. i knew maybe 10 words of Turkish, in that moment totaly unusefull. he didn't speak anything else. and we understood each other without problem, especially when i came with 10-15 crucial words caught from google translate. similar as with Romanian driver few months ago. i really don't see some large problems here.
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