Truck drivers face left-hand lane ban

28th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

28 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — To combat traffic congestion and motorist frustration, the Public Prosecution Office (OM) will launch at the end of this year a trial ban on trucks driving in the left-hand lane on Dutch motorways.

28 July 2004

AMSTERDAM — To combat traffic congestion and motorist frustration, the Public Prosecution Office (OM) will launch at the end of this year a trial ban on trucks driving in the left-hand lane on Dutch motorways.

Trucks are currently banned on many motorways from overtaking other vehicles during peak-hour periods, but that has not entirely succeeded because police can issue fines only if a truck driver is caught red-handed.

A prosecution official said on Wednesday that the proposed trial will involve the use of cameras and extra surveillance. The official said this will heighten the chance that more drivers will be caught breaching regulations.

The official said it appears truck drivers are ignoring the overtaking ban, despite the fact that several hundred tickets are issued every year, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

Furthermore, the official said that a truck travelling at 86kmh overtaking another truck at 85kmh leads to great frustration among other road users.  

But the official denied the left-hand lane ban was designed as a cash earner for the Dutch treasury, asserting it was designed to improve the flow of traffic.

The OM is confident the new approach will work because the chance that truck drivers will be caught is much greater.

The trial will be conducted over a two-year period, but it is not yet known where it will be implemented. But it appears logical that the OM is searching for a motorway that is not planned to undergo road works in the coming few years.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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