Back in the day, so some 15 years ago, I'd a regular run from Carlisle to Strasbourg, a comfortable 3 day jaunt via 4 countries, then a load back from elsewhere in Northern France.Correct. But a couple of years ago the limit (in England and Wales at least) on A roads went from 40 to 50 without too much bother from the usual suspects, mostly on the bases that hardly anyone other then a handful; of truck drivers knew the limit was 40 anyway. I think the same stunt could be pulled here; the speed limit already is 60, so no new legislation needed, just an adjustment to the C&U regulations to amend the 56 to 60.
Definitely appeasement, with a stiff portion of bending to the media pressure. A very poor look. But by scratching the flip-flop driver itch the Govt can avoid coming under pressure on the real reasons for the omnishambles. The "initiative" will make not a scrap of difference of course, but it will encourage the media idiots to look elsewhere other than Driver CPC, Supermarket behaviour etc.
Heres a question for you, especially those of you who get out onto the open road and are routinely frustrated by everything from roadworks to knobheads who cause accidents and bobble hatted pillocks who want to protest on the M25. Do you think that driving a truck is stressful?
Well it is if you are delivering to Sainsburys (currently a DHL contract. They are contracted to hitting their arrival time at any location 99.9% of the time. 99.9 %. Contracted. So you can imagine the pressure.
Then the US owners decided to make that run JIT to meet factory production plans.
What may sound sensible in the US does not translate well to European driving.