Get facts straight before blaming truck drivers
By Somerset Standard | Thursday, December 27, 2012, 11:00
I am responding to the report in December 20's paper about residents moaning about traffic even though they live by a road near Sainsbury's in Frome.
Please can they explain how a 44-ton truck can speed at 60mph while they have a speed limiter device for 56mph and the limit on a single carriageway is 40mph?
It would be impossible to accelerate to 60mph in such a very short distance between the two roundabouts. How did the residents measure the speed of thundering trucks without a radar or speed gun, and if the road is that dangerous why does the photograph on page 4 show children and a dog standing by passing traffic?
A truck is fitted with a tracker where the employer can see the truck speed and an analogue or digital tachograph that records speed, so why would a trucker risk his/her job by speeding on that road?
The report says there is danger of death due to the width of trucks passing. They are not wider than the road by law unless carrying a wide load.
Get your facts correct before you make out a truck's speed.