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Old May 27th, 2010, 02:07 AM   #381
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Next question: 5th wheel, or (most likely), drawbar setup? If it's the former, then yes, it IS possible to reverse such a setup. If it's the latter: I'm not so sure. Canadian Freightways does use a drawbar setup, but drivers split the trailers for maneuverability.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 03:41 AM   #382
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Anyone from Europe know what the rules for truck drivers in Europe are(driving time, sleeper berth time)? I do understand that they do use onboard electronic recorders...I just wanted to compare since Im a driver myself in the USofA. I tried researching the info myself but with no luck.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 10:19 AM   #383
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With the lower speed limits and much more strict hours of service, a European trucker can drive approximately 40 or 50% of the mileage an American trucker can drive in 2 weeks.

A European trucker is not allowed to drive more than 9 hours per day. They are allowed to drive 10 hours per day twice a week. The longest sustained driving is 4.5 hours, after which a 45 minute break is mandatory. A driver is not allowed to drive more than 56 hours per week. In two weeks, a trucker cannot drive more than 90 hours.

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Old May 27th, 2010, 11:03 AM   #384
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Next question: 5th wheel, or (most likely), drawbar setup? If it's the former, then yes, it IS possible to reverse such a setup. If it's the latter: I'm not so sure. Canadian Freightways does use a drawbar setup, but drivers split the trailers for maneuverability.
Indeed, drawbar setup (with centre placed axles), quite similar to this:

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Old May 28th, 2010, 02:44 AM   #385
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If that's the case, then the driver would drop the second trailer.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 04:08 PM   #386
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Another "LZV" in the Netherlands. I've read Germany and Belgium are also interested in 25.25 m trucks.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 04:47 PM   #387
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A European trucker is not allowed to drive more than 9 hours per day. They are allowed to drive 10 hours per day twice a week. The longest sustained driving is 4.5 hours, after which a 45 minute break is mandatory. A driver is not allowed to drive more than 56 hours per week. In two weeks, a trucker cannot drive more than 90 hours.
That's all correct. I let myself to add one less important thing. This 45 mins break can be split in two and taken earlier, but first break must be no shorter than 30 mins, then after next 15 mins break(altogether 45) driving time begins afresh. As Chris said, twice a week driving time can be extended by 1 hr, however 45 mins rest has to be done before that.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 05:34 PM   #388
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Two more LZV trucks of 25.25 m in the Netherlands.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 11:21 PM   #389
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An unfinished, but already running, truck. Photo taken today in Italy.



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Old June 13th, 2010, 06:08 PM   #390
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A Dutch LZV for city distribution, showing it's manoeuvrability. They intend to drive long-distance with these LZV's, then uncouple them near the city and individually haul them into the cities.

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Old August 12th, 2010, 03:07 AM   #391
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Melbourne, Australia trucking scene

This is typical of the freeways in Melbourne. It is not uncommon to be completely boxed in by big rigs.


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Australian trucks:





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Old August 12th, 2010, 04:57 AM   #393
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More Aussie trucks

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Old August 12th, 2010, 06:04 AM   #394
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They look so American, lol. Nice pics.
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They are (Peterbilt, Kenworth) I like it.
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What is it with round headlights on Australian trucks? So many of them that would have rectangular ones in the States have round ones in Australia...
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Old August 13th, 2010, 02:32 AM   #397
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What is it with round headlights on Australian trucks? So many of them that would have rectangular ones in the States have round ones in Australia...
dunno man, maybe they are more powerful than square lights, benefitting travel in remote areas?

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They look so American, lol. Nice pics.
That's because they were the only British Colony that tried to be as American as possible. That's why there are so many North American vehicles, though built as RHD, in the country. You'll find Ford, Chevy and Dodge P/U trucks, as well as familiar models of cars and vans. The same applies to the highway trucks, most of which are built under license in the country. New Zealand is also experiencing an increase in North American trucks, both P/U (the Ford F-Series being the most popular) and heavy trucks.
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old truck - again from Australia

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