The problem is not brake failure

2008-05-15 00:00

While I cannot comment on the extent to which the driver who died in Monday’s fatal accident on Town Hill was or was not a hero, the fact remains that the accident occurred because he lost control of the vehicle.

Crossing the solid barrier line (which marks the truck lane) to overtake other trucks is now a common occurrence and generally requires speeds in excess of 100 km/h. Apart from the fact that this means the truck is now travelling way faster than is safe, it is also extremely hazardous for other motorists who are entitled to assume that trucks will stay in the truck lane. Generally, the second mandatory stop, near the Victoria Country Club, is unavoidable as there is usually a backlog, although it is debatable whether many trucks actually stop and engage first gear.

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