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17 December 2018

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  1. David

     /  December 17, 2018

    I dont really drive to many places I generally fly but did a trip to Timaru yesterday and saw for myself the craziness of lunatics speeding up in passing lanes, I was shocked. I could literally be following someone doing 90kmh and have to then hit 130kmh an hour to get around them in a passing lane, or you are in a queue to get past and dont quite make it then the buggars slow from their 115 back down to 90 out of the passing lane, it was crazy.
    I was hitting 145 in frustration and just to get past some stupid old coot in a bloody Suzuki Swift.

    • lurcher1948

       /  December 17, 2018

      Hell I hope I don’t meet a manic like you on the road

      • David

         /  December 17, 2018

        Unlikely, you have trouble keeping up as it is I doubt you would be any better in a car.

    • Gezza

       /  December 17, 2018

      The ones who give me the heebie jeebies are the dudes one, two, or three cars behind you, driving something grunty, who, just as you’re about to pull out to pass a chronic slowpoke, are suddenly alongside you, going hell for leather, overtaking several cars in front – making it impossible for anyone else to pull out and pass because the end of the passing lane is on you before they’ve pushed their way back in.

      I strike at least one – often more – on every long trip.

      Tangent: If it ever came on the market – would any of you ever get yourselves a personalised number plate that reads ATOSSA, like the dude in the white Mitsubish that I followed up Main Road, Tawa, for about 2 minutes yesterday afternoon?

      Yes – uptick
      No – downtick

      • David

         /  December 17, 2018

        As long as they are going hell for leather they are fine, its the ones that pull out and spend the whole of the passing lane trying to pass the dick who speeds up for the passing lane only. I will fly past you doing at least 130k giving you plenty of time , I am that considerate.

        • lurcher1948

           /  December 17, 2018

          Hell do you drive a car that can reach 130 kph,you must either be a rich prick or be going down a steep hill

          • David

             /  December 17, 2018

            Rich prick, got one of those new range rover Velars

            • Griff.

               /  December 17, 2018

              https://www.whatcar.com/news/2018-what-car-reliability-survey/n17821

              Least reliable: Range Rover – 67.3%
              What went wrong? Non-engine electrics 21% Suspension 17% Sat-nav 13% Battery 8% Bodywork 8% Engine electrics 8% Exterior lights 8% Wheels/tyres 8% Air-con 4% Engine 4% Exhaust 4% Gearbox/clutch 4% Interior trim 4% Steering 4%

              Half of the Range Rover owners who completed the survey told us their car had a fault. Non-engine electrics were the most common issue, while a worrying 17% of cars had suspension problems. Nearly a third of cars were undriveable and two-thirds were off the road for more than a week.

      • Noel

         /  December 17, 2018

        I dunno I get a chuckle when the Ford Ranger five cars back screams past everyone to be trapped behind the camper van most of us had already seen.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 17, 2018

        Atossa is a woman’s name, so he must be pretty thick.

        I was once nearly shoved off the road in Hamilto by a carload of hoons; I ended up on the centre line. Kharma is a sweetheart. There was a ) shaped piece dug out of the road further up, too narrow for the bus that was stuck there, with a longgggggggg line of cars stuck behind IT. Nobody could turn, and I have no idea when and how they got out. Guess who was well and truly jammed in (larfs loudly) There was enough room for me to sail past on the motorbike, and I know that the hoons saw me, No, I didn’t give them the finger.

        Once in the UK we saw a tiny car chugging along, then suddenly taking off and leaving everyone standing.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 17, 2018

      Same experience up here on my trip down to Auckland yesterday, David. And all the culprits were female drivers.

      • David

         /  December 17, 2018

        I had a mixture although these days its best not to assume, strange times.

    • Griff.

       /  December 17, 2018

      The f wits that sit at 95kmh* in the passing lane for its entire length only to speed up at the last minute so only they get to pass the slow cars.

      * check your speedo just because it says 100kmh doesn’t mean you are doing 100kmh most cars under report speed by around 5%.

      The first law of the road.
      Keeping left

      (1)A driver, when driving, must at all times drive as near as practicable to the left side of the roadway unless this rule otherwise provides.
      (2)If a driver’s speed, when driving, is such as to impede the normal and reasonable flow of traffic, that driver must, as soon as is reasonably practicable, move the vehicle as far as practicable to the left side of the roadway when this is necessary to allow following traffic to pass.
      (3)A driver may drive in the right lane in the direction of travel when driving on a multi-lane road if—
      (a)the driver is turning right, or making a U-turn from the centre of the road, and is giving the prescribed signal of that driver’s intention to turn right; or
      (b)the driver is passing; or
      (c)the left lane is unavailable to the driver; or
      (d)the driver is required by any provision of this rule to drive in the right lane; or
      (e)a variable lane control downward-facing arrow sign indicates that the driver must drive in the right lane; or
      (f)the driver is avoiding an obstruction; or
      (g)the traffic in all other lanes is congested; or
      (h)the traffic in every lane is congested.
      2.2 Slow vehicle bays
      (1)This clause applies if a road controlling authority has indicated by the installation of the appropriate signs that an extra lane has been provided as a slow vehicle bay.
      (2)A driver who is driving at a slow speed that would impede the normal and reasonable movement of any other vehicle must—
      (a)move into the slow vehicle bay as soon as the movement may be made with safety; and
      (b)continue there until the driver reaches the end of the slow vehicle bay or is able to proceed without impeding the normal and reasonable movement of vehicles using the road.

      http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2004/0427/latest/whole.html

      • David

         /  December 17, 2018

        Older kiwis are pretty shocking at this, I got stuck behind some old duck going 10k under the speed limit in the fast lane I tail gated her, honked, flashed and she obliviously tootled on holding up traffic with not a thought about her cataracts or missed appointment at Specsavers and Bay Audiology.

        • Griff.

           /  December 17, 2018

          A lot of the time its some tosser in a large double cap fwd who thinks just because he has a big truck the right lane is his
          I always move left as soon as I can when over taking on passing lanes.
          The number of times I then proceed to under take right hand wankers is too many to count.
          FWIW
          My speedo is 100% accurate .
          I changed my tire/wheel size to make it so.

        • lurcher1948

           /  December 17, 2018

          You really are into agism David,I take it that you wish to die young,so tailgating,honking your horn will probably help you meet a logging truck head on and you would then achieve your goal

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  December 17, 2018

            It’s the people who pass too slowly and run out of room who meet logging trucks, Lurch.

            • lurcher1948

               /  December 17, 2018

              Thank god i have a grunty SUV, driving skills and drive higher miles than the millennium posters who tailgate and flash lights and honk horns who think they are road commanders, they are the losers who overtake you,pull in front of you and drop their speeds when you are doing 100, inconsiderate arseholes

          • David

             /  December 17, 2018

            In the south island it will be a milk tanker

    • Blazer

       /  December 17, 2018

      so you like breaking the law in your Raj Rover…David.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  December 17, 2018

    Mr mumbling croaky Simon Bridges is being interviewed on one and what a negative cold wet blanket he is,they have said hes coming down hard on new roading safety,which means Nationals new policy will be to do nothing,the same old,same old followed by some negative attack post on a nearby National rightwing blog

    • Duker

       /  December 17, 2018

      Bridges was last Transport minister – has a lot to answer for – road toll, poor WOF checks, that frauster in the MOT. I know he cancelled Rotoruas new bypass when he became minister, breaking the election promise but he was back promising a new scheme for the same road before the last election. Not that either was really solving anything- thats what pre election baubles do

  3. lurcher1948

     /  December 17, 2018

    So JLR was sleeping with a fellow married MP,i wonder if her name will ever see the light of day.I feel there should be a slightly higher standard than us plebs have to live by.

    • Gezza

       /  December 17, 2018

      Her name is so widely known it has seen the light of day Lurch. Do try and keep up please. I struggle at times and if I can’t rely on you to be up with the play how the hell would I ever know what’s what?

      • lurcher1948

         /  December 17, 2018

        Easier to find the tinder daters name and picture

      • Duker

         /  December 17, 2018

        Has PG mentioned ‘te name’ or is it part of the omerta

        • Gezza

           /  December 17, 2018

          A poster once directed the discerning readers to the rough location of the electorate. The most basic of enquiries as to previous & current relationship status was all that was required. One does not speak the name lest there be unhappy ramifications not planned for.

          • robertguyton

             /  December 17, 2018

            Pete openly named the Nat MP. Are your memories so short???

  4. lurcher1948

     /  December 17, 2018

    Dorklanders weep notice the beautiful weather at the cricket,no regular 100 year,weekend flood up in dorkland and NO lightning or tonados.YOU CANNOT BEAT WELLINGTON on most weekends…unlike the cesspit called auckland

    • Griff.

       /  December 17, 2018

      Wellington
      lived there for a while
      Same goes for Ch Ch
      I will never live south of Puhoi again.
      To bloody cold and windy.
      Winterless north is it unless you are a Masochist getting off on suffering needlessly from crap weather…
      Up here you dont even need to own a heater of any sort .

      • Gezza

         /  December 17, 2018

        Welly airport in a gale has the best plane landings to be on board for anywhere.

        • Griff.

           /  December 17, 2018

          • Gezza

             /  December 17, 2018

            Cool-looking wing edges, with the backward curve on the Dornier. Doesn’t look very windy though. Wings weren’t flapping up n down like they do at Welly in a decent gale.

            Wouldn’t mind an a Twin Otter.

            At least their ground staff have hi-res vests so they’ll be safe.

            I’d love flying in and out of there !

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  December 17, 2018

          The only place I’ve heard the hostie say over the intercom on landing: “It’s with some relief we welcome you to …”

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  December 17, 2018

            Also the only place where the plane is rocking violently and you are still attached to the airbridge.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 17, 2018

      Hell, Lurch, you get a hurricane every other afternoon. Why would a little tornado worry you? Up here we can go to the beach without being sandpapered.

      • Gezza

         /  December 17, 2018

        You don’t get sandpapered, you get sand-blasted.
        And least when we go to a pub and get fish and chips here, we don’t get fleeced, like up there.

  5. robertguyton

     /  December 17, 2018

    “Blood and guts and sex, that’s the way to go,” Mr Bridges added.”
    Good-O.