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Krystal n chips
10th Jun 2008, 18:44
This should bring out the very best in the British tradition of "sod you !" then.:rolleyes:..if it happens that is. If it does, and the media select some "famous for 30 secs" at the pumps...watch out for some truly brilliant self justification excuses !.....which, for the more cynical minded on here, can be quite, ahem, "entertaining"....:E

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7446130.stm

UniFoxOs
10th Jun 2008, 19:13
Camping in Derbyshire at the weekend, got enough petrol for that, if there isn't enough left to get to work on Monday it will be "Sod Them".

UFO

Beatriz Fontana
10th Jun 2008, 20:12
What rubbish! It's only Shell and it's only on Friday.

Now. The Spanish know how to organise a fuel strike!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7445758.stm

G-CPTN
10th Jun 2008, 20:25
During 1979 I was part of a convoy driving test vehicles the length (and back) of Italy. There was a strike of tanker drivers, and huge queues (and I mean several kilometres) formed at each filling station, and customers were limited to a few litres per visit. This obviously inconvenienced our test, however our 'wagonmaster' suggested that, as the pump price of Italian fuel was half that in the UK, we should offer to pay twice the price for 'unlimited' supplies. This worked, and we were herded to the head of the queue, all vehicle tanks filled and also the 45 gallon drums that were carried on the trailers . . .
Know the system. :ok:

BigEndBob
10th Jun 2008, 20:34
Suppose they want a share of the hugh profits the oil companies are making.
Mind you 34000 aint bad for driving a truck and they want 36000.

niknak
10th Jun 2008, 20:53
Shell supply most Tesco, Tesco Express and ASDA forecourts - it looks like it could be a good weekend for Morrissons.

It doesn't bother me though as I did my panic buying last week, both cars and the jerry cans are full & I've stocked up with pot noodles, corned beef and powdered egg...:p

Parapunter
10th Jun 2008, 20:55
Them tanker lads were always the best paid. Never understood why - ADR training big wow. No roping & sheeting, no pallets or pump trucks, no handball, no nights out - they don't know they're born that lot.:rolleyes:

Oh and it's Mainwaring, Mr. Mainwaring, not Mr Mannering.:ugh:

gingernut
10th Jun 2008, 20:58
Must say, last time the farmers/truckers did their bit, couldn't help notice how quiet and nice the roads were.

'spose we could all ride our bikes to work, :confused: which'd probably do more for peoples health than if I missed a few poxy days off work.

But already they've got me reg, so I'll be able to get unlimited derv from some dodgy place off the M6, and it'll avoid TV news images of obese nurses saying how disgusting it is that they can't get to work on time, and how they miss the 10.30 McDonalds breakast deadline.

Krystal n chips
10th Jun 2008, 21:25
There you go Para........pedantic :mad:........:):E

I agree with you Beatriz......it might well be rubbish....well it is actually....but given the current less than favourable disposition towards the Gov't and our "wonderful meedja"....wonderful at inducing panic amongst the clinically brain dead UK population....there is every chance of this being escalated into a full blown "panic" . How many would actually sit down, work out how much fuel they would need to cover any trips...and simply upload that amount ?...the square root of FA I would suggest....tank to the brim "just in case".:rolleyes:...yeah, right !.

Overdrive
10th Jun 2008, 21:36
Them tanker lads were always the best paid. Never understood why - ADR training big wow. No roping & sheeting, no pallets or pump trucks, no handball, no nights out - they don't know they're born that lot.:rolleyes:




But they can be a b*st*rd to drive, and you often burn or get dissolved to death if you crash... :eek:

Beatriz Fontana
10th Jun 2008, 21:38
The population is five square meals away from civil disobedience. If a strike is going to be effective, make sure the population goes without three. Maybe four.

That's a proper panic, that is!

Parapunter
10th Jun 2008, 21:44
you often burn or get dissolved to death if you crash... And that last happened when??:p

Can't be any harder than an ERF 6 be 2 trying to get round the back of a supermarket.

G-CPTN
10th Jun 2008, 22:06
I take my hat off to drivers who deliver to tight places and have to reverse 'blind' into alleyways.
I 'managed' a show of trucks to be seen by crowned heads from our parent company in the States. Got a couple of agency drivers in to assist.
Says to one "park that artic over in that corner".
Hamish climbs in and in one manoeuvre lines it up exactly (within two inches) of the kerb (no walls, just flat courtyard) at both rear and side - just like that. We kept him on as a test driver. He was good with 'defect reports' too - not unreasonable, but thorough on possible mechanical faults.

Parapunter
10th Jun 2008, 22:12
It's why you see so many trailers with scrapes down the side - it's 'ard! I recall one driver we had I'll name him because he had he best name ever - Reg Haslett. Looked like he sounds.

He got into an altercation with a guy whom he blocked in for five minutes - Reg was no diplomat - so the guy smashed every last lens & glass surface on the unit & trailer. He dragged this thing back to the yard & we agreed it was probably time to shake hands and go our separate ways. They don't make 'em like Reg any more. Thank Christ.:ouch:

Krystal, one usually avoids the ranks of the spelling police, what with this dodgy wireless keyboard n'all, but Dad's Army? C'mon, you might just as well have punched the Queen on the nose:}

ShyTorque
10th Jun 2008, 23:46
'spose we could all ride our bikes to work, which'd probably do more for peoples health than if I missed a few poxy days off work.

I'm going to do my health a load of good, cycling 45 miles each way, especially carrying a suitcase and a briefcase. :ooh:

Overdrive
11th Jun 2008, 01:16
And that last happened when??:p




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LOKRJOIgks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTZn06RXsY0&feature=related



Ever done any of the Lidl stores? 6" each side, some to a German design with a blind side, left, reverse.... no lights, or worse, just a mega spot pointed straight at your mirrors so stop you seeing. A mate has a contract with them, helped him out the odd night when I was home a couple of years back. First HGV driving in eons... tri-axle fridge trailer, DAF XF530 Super Space Cab... large. Focused my concentration alright. Things have changed...!


But... still don't know if I'd do tankers.

G-CPTN
11th Jun 2008, 03:18
Worst artic trailer that I ever drove with was a '4-in-line'. It was effectively a single-axle trailer, but there were two side-by-side double bogies in a line across the rear of the trailer. Reversing was 'unpredictable' as one or other of the bogies would cant and 'steer' the back-end away from the intended direction.
Only photo that I can find:- http://ccmv.fotopic.net/p32341109.html

Parapunter
11th Jun 2008, 08:04
I confess I have avoided the Lidl stores - the depots are bad enough! I've lost count of the number of drivers I've sent in there only to realie the situation. What? tip myself? You're kidding, I'm the driver, not the warehouseman!:p

I think the real danger of tankers is when the lads have to clamber about on top of them. That is hazardous - I've seen the results of lads falling off the side of a tautliner, never mind on top of a tanker.:ooh:

Overdrive
11th Jun 2008, 21:49
Worst artic trailer that I ever drove with was a '4-in-line'.


Never tried one but I can imagine. I think they were rare even back in their time. Nice old truck in the picture.

G-CPTN
11th Jun 2008, 22:18
Difficult to change a flat, as, apart from possibly being under the deck, the 'pair' canted over (and because of this the tyre usually tore to shreds without the driver realising . . . ).

More Commer pix here:- http://ccmv.fotopic.net/c865625.html

and more of everything here:- http://ccmv.fotopic.net/ (scroll down for makes)

JustaFew
12th Jun 2008, 00:07
One fell off the M56 where the motorway goes over the Weaverham near Runcorn a few years ago.

Crushed AND burned...

Overdrive
13th Jun 2008, 02:09
More Commer pix here:- http://ccmv.fotopic.net/c865625.html

and more of everything here:- http://ccmv.fotopic.net/ (scroll down for makes)

:ok: Since I've rebuilt everything else vehicle-wise, I wouldn't mind rebuilding a truck one day...

G-CPTN
13th Jun 2008, 02:57
Start here, Overdrive:- http://ccmv.fotopic.net/p46214372.html
http://ccmv.fotopic.net/p46214372.html

Overdrive
13th Jun 2008, 03:25
Now don't tempt me! :). I'm trying to relax a little lately! (hence the hour)







(not too costly though at 900 quid... hmmm)