Trucker pulled with DVD and laptop on dashboard
Cops unimpressed by high-tech accessories
Central Scotland Police have expressed their incredulity at a trucker who was happily making his way from Aberdeen to Dover with a DVD player and laptop on his Hungarian vehicle's dashboard.
The well-equipped driver was pulled by road policing unit operatives at Craigforth weighbridge on 21 September, the Telegraph explains, and only allowed to proceed "once the problem was rectified".
Road policing unit top cop, chief inspector Donald McMillan, incredulated: "It is incredible to think that any professional driver would put things in place which would obscure his vision. Driving is their livelihood and they should know better than to put themselves - and other road users - at risk.
"It is not acceptable that a professional driver would behave in such a manner."
McMillan explained that a key to collision avoidance is not having stuff like DVDs and laptops blocking your view of the road. He said: "The best way to avoid being involved in a collision, or being caught by my officers, is to be fully aware of the circumstance in and around your vehicle and part of that is to have a clear vision."
The offending lorry's safety was also compromised by a "seriously under-inflated tyre", the Telegraph notes. ®
"The best way to avoid being involved in a collision, or being caught by my officers"
Well, as "his officers" are going to do sod all when they do catch someone, why should anyone care? Grow a pair and take these morons to task! This driver should have been prevented from continuing, charged and his employer contacted to deal with the truck.
[Lack of] Enforcement of the rules in this manner is exactly why there are so many idiots on our roads.
Re "once the problem was rectified".
What's to stop him unrectifying it further down the road? I doubt that the gear was, or could be confiscated.
I would have it all the way around...
My laptop would be wired to the rig, showing everything, from oil flow to tire's pressure to extra cameras on blind spots. Regular dashes these days lack so much information. Most cars won't even show the engine temperature, for chrissakes!
I'm thinking 747 with glass cockpit right now for some reason.
I had a car that showed even battery voltage and oil pressure. On a regular sedan. I loved that dash. You knew the car engine was cold in the morning because the oil pressure was too high. As it heated, the oil thinned out, and the pressure dropped. If it didn´t drop, was a dead giveaway for oil change, for example.