HGV Speed limit - a lot has changed since the 60s

I would like to comment on the observations of the Lewes Green Party regarding the increase of the speed limit for HGVs.

I don’t think I have ever read such short sighted, bias and may I say bigoted views exoressed by representatives of an organisation purporting to be a serious political party with aspirations to gevernment at both local and national level.

It has been 50 years since the speed limit was raised from 30 to 40mph. In that time, things have moved on by leaps and bounds.

Truck technology has produced vehicles that are much safer than those of the early 60s.Back then, such things as power steering and air brakes were the exception. Cab design that puts ease of operation all round vision and driver comfort thus reducing fatigue as a top priority again makes for increased overall safety.

Back in the early 60s anyone with a full car licence could legally drive any HGV rigid or articulated.

How different things are today.Would-be HGV drivers have to undergo a thorough medical examination before they can begin an extensive training course after which they have to pass a stringent theory and practical driving test in order to obtain a full HGV licence, which has to be renewed every three years, the application for which has to be accompanied with a certificate of physical fitness.

So, all in all, the vehicle driver package is a much more efficient and safer unit now than it was in the early 60s.

Add to that a reduction in driving hours and it can be seen that there is a very favourable comparison between those times and today.

Councillor Susan Murray states that it will make hauliers millions of pounds a year as if in her world savings are undesirable and profit is a profanity.

Surely even she can see that
anything that reduces the cost of haulage will be a benefit to the consumer.

There is virtually nothing that we as consumers have in our homes that have not had several rides on a truck, first as raw material, then components and finally as a finished product.

There was a slogan in the early ’70s that went: “If you’ve got it then a truck brought it” a sentiment that is just as true today.

To contradict Alfie Stirling’s statement that it is recovery at a fair price.

Anything that delivers efficiencies and safety is worth having.

He also refers to the extra fuel guzzled by increasing the speed limit. Perhaps he is unaware that modern engines have an optimum speed/fuel ratio which is about 50 percent so that in light of that they will be more fuel efficient than grinding along at lower speeds in a lower gear.

Judging by the comments by Councillor Murray and Mr Stirling I don’t think the Green Party will feel fulfilled until our homes are once again lit by rush dipps, the only thing’s flying will be birds; all goods travel at the speed of a horse and cart and every vessel at sea is under sail. A very grim prospect indeed.

Lawrence Holt

Hailsham