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Old December 9th, 2008, 06:46 PM   #121
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Mega-truck crossing São Paulo, Brazil.
Those are special transports, which can be found in any country...
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Old December 11th, 2008, 09:41 PM   #122
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Across, Europe, it's intented to open safer truck stops. One of the newest is on the French A2 near Valenciennes. For € 18 per night, your truck is parked safely on a closed terrain. You have additional services for that. Truck crime is a major problem, many Dutch truckers already have once experienced being held at gunpoint to open their truck. This especially occurs in France and Germany due to their function as a transit country.

Another recurring problem in Germany is the lack of parking spaces for Trucks. I read there are 21.000 now throughout Germany, but it is estimated it's 10.000 too few. Deadly accidents have happened so far near rest areas where truckers had to park their truck at the shoulder because they ran out of driving time. Many don't take the chance to be fined 2 weeks later, thus parking their trucks where possible. The German government admitted they've underestimated the influence of Central European truckers when those countries were added to the European Union. The A2 is now already known as the "Warschauer Allee". Both trucks from Poland and the Netherlands meet around Hannover at the end of their driving times, bringing huge pressure to rest areas, gas stations, and even villages where they have to find a parking space for the night.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #123
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Safe parkplaces for trucks and truck stops are a huge problem here in Italy too.
I don't have any numbers, but I've read that Autostrade per l'Italia have an upgrading program for some highway rest areas so that there'll be more space for trucks and truckers.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 10:44 PM   #124
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Germany has a nice system of guarded parking lots for trucks at service areas, Great Britain also has them. i don't know for other countries. in D it usually costs from €5 up to €15 (mostly it is €10) per night, in GB it is more expensive, it usually costs £18 or little more. in those prices drivers usually also have some additional things such as discount for shop or restaurant at that service area.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 09:22 AM   #125
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There is a rest area where lots of truckers spend the night on the Dutch-German border (A67/BAB40), where lots of loads get robbed. There were some government plans to make it safer, but I haven't yet heard if they already did something.
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truckers usually have something like "hubs". so they have favourized rest stations, and, of course, they are probably often robbed (but we are talking in absolute numbers, not relative, so there are many hijacks because there are many lorries). Venlo is one of the most popular service stations not only in the Netherlands/Germany, but in Europe, so it is one of those "hubs". usually those most liked rest areas are at border crossings at major routes. so, for instance, also very liked are La Jonquera, Arnoldstein, Suben, Goldene Bremm (Saarbrucken), Lichtenbusch, Padborg...
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Old December 13th, 2008, 04:40 PM   #127
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Old January 24th, 2009, 06:06 AM   #128
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biggest trucks

i have heard about australian mega trucks . does anybody have any pics
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Old January 24th, 2009, 10:36 AM   #129
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i have heard about australian mega trucks . does anybody have any pics
Here are a couple pics of "road trains" I found on the internet somewhere (maybe this website?).

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Old January 24th, 2009, 12:34 PM   #130
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Really, I won't to get in trouble with these trucks when I ride my bike
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Old January 24th, 2009, 12:45 PM   #131
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Really, I won't to get in trouble with these trucks when I ride my bike
I once nearly got knocked off my bike by a truck driver who felt he had the right to make a left turn (for which there was a green arrow) while I was stopped at a red light. I don't know about elsewhere in the world but here cyclists are entitled to an entire lane. Australian drivers really piss me off sometimes.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 01:03 PM   #132
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Here are a couple pics of "road trains" I found on the internet somewhere (maybe this website?).

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Old January 24th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #136
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Another pic and video here, posted by Robosteve and Chriszwolle.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #139
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I once nearly got knocked off my bike by a truck driver who felt he had the right to make a left turn (for which there was a green arrow) while I was stopped at a red light. I don't know about elsewhere in the world but here cyclists are entitled to an entire lane. Australian drivers really piss me off sometimes.
There was an incident like that in my hometown a couple of years ago where a cyclist got run over by a truck because the driver couldn't see him in the mirrors. Cyclist died :/
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I was always interested in American trucks, about their fuel economy in particular, to compare it to European trucks.

The new Freightliner Cascadia gets about 5 - 7 mpg, a little higher than the advertised mileage, but I think 5 mpg at 65 - 70 mph isn't really bad, considering European trucks get about 7 - 8 mpg at 50 - 55 mph.

Besides that, U.S. trucks are much bigger, a European truck usually has a bed immediatly behind the chair, or above the truckers head. As shown on the picture below, this Coronado has a small kitchen-like area before the bed, creating much more living space needed for someone who's on the road for maybe a week or more in a row.
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