Did he really think this through? - teabelly
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Local Mayor has had the idea to ban single occupancy cars from the outside lane on the A500. This is a dual carriageway with lots of slip roads. People will also be banned from overtaking slow moving vehicles in the left hand lane if they're only in single occupancy cars.

First morning when the inside lane is chocker block with vehicles how does he think people on the slip roads are going to get on the dual carriageway? Does he really think motorists are going to sit behind some slower moving vehicle and accept it? Anyone in a flat cap & rover is going to find themselves pushed along at 70 whether they wanted to go that fast or not! How can frustrating drivers help road safety? It is a well known fact that people drive more dangerously when they are stressed so causing people stress will just lead to more incidents of dangerous driving.

I also find it ironic as just as they are finally sorting out the A500 around Stoke so it doesn't have a couple of useless roundabouts in the middle and instead passes over a flyover; the mayor wants to discourage people from using it. The buses in the city are useless and a large amount of them have been removed from the roads as they are unroadworthy! Luckily he only has control over stoke itself so as soon as the road gets into newcastle borough sanity can prevail!
teabelly
Did he really think this through? - paulb {P}
Clearly he's seen examples of carpool lanes in US cities (Seattle seems to have a particularly prolific collection) and has thought, "I gotta get me some of that!" Either that, or you too have been inflicted with rabid car-haters in your local council, which seems altogether more likely.

Trouble is, these multiple-occupancy-only lanes can only really work where you've got more than 2 lanes in each direction. I've never seen them on a road with less than 4 lanes in each direction, for exactly the reasons that you describe.
Did he really think this through? - Dalglish
how does he think people on the slip roads are going to get >> on the dual carriageway?


precisely the point - he aims to stop them getting on the road, thereby reducing car usage.

Does he really think motorists are going to sit behind some >> slower moving vehicle and accept it?


no, see my first point.

Anyone in a flat cap & rover is going to find themselves
pushed along at 70


or more likely, everyone else is going to be forced to go along at flat-cap's pace, and persuading them that it is not worth using the car on this road. again see my first point.

Did he really think this through? - daveyjp
Dalglish is spot on - the idea of such lanes is to p you off so much that you follow the rules and get a passenger, find a lift and become a passenger or leave the car at home.

Or in the case of me and the multi-occupancy lane in Leeds - accept it will take you five minutes longer without a passenger, get the map out and find a route which avoids the two plus lane, drive in the lane anyway because in reality you have more chance of winning the lottery jackpot twice in a week than you have of being caught by the Boys in Blue.
Did he really think this through? - BrianW
Ah, but once everybody has an identity card that can be remotely read and have to be carried at all times, if you don't have two ID cards displayed on the dashboard you're for the high jump.
Did he really think this through? - Bromptonaut
No thought at all never mind thought through. Sounds more like something he wrote on a fag packet after a very good lunch.

The D road is not a city centre feeder, where these thing might just work. It's access from the M6 to other major roads including the A50 and a diversionary route for the M6 as well. Plus the southern bit is in Newcastle (who will oppose if 'cos its a Stoke sceme if for no other reason) and the north may well be in Staffs or Cheshire who wil als onot play ball.
Did he really think this through? - Sooty Tailpipes
They'll be sending us to Siberia next!
Did he really think this through? - daveyK_UK
Why cant the champagne socialists just leave us to live our life's and drive our cars.
 

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