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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 …

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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.

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Exactly

"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.

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Enforcement?

Sorry, but there is nothing in the law that would allow the police to prevent the driver from continuing. All the police could do was report the driver with a view to prosecution, this isn't an offence for which they could issue a fixed penalty. Given that he was probably driving on a foreign licence I don't think they could issue a fixed penaly anyway.

Spout on in your Daily Mail reader fashion if you must, but at least bother to check what powers the police have before you do.

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Shoulda used one of this doohickys

http://www.amazon.co.uk/1st-harrison-Laptop-Car-Tray/dp/B00126A7P4

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Doohickey for those with straight roads

As it appears to clip over your steering wheel it would be useless when going round corners...

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re "clip over your steering wheel"

That's part of the point. It's meant for use only when parked.

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Indeed

That's what's so comical about the laptop tray...

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driving licence

Some people just pay a fee and get thier licence - no test involved. Then they drive over here with no idea how to even turn a corner never mind reverse into a loading bay. Reversing someone elses lorry into L-bay is now called "doing a hungarian" at certain supermarkets.

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Rectification

Would involve removal of license.

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In the midlands

The police fitted a truck cab with some cameras looking out the nearside window and overtook a load of truckers to catch them driving dangerously.

Highlights included reading the paper, watching dvds and frying bacon.

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Erm, satnav

"McMillan explained that a key to collision avoidance is not having stuff like DVDs and laptops blocking your view of the road"

Presumably satnavs that stick to the windscreen are on the no-no list then? Fair enough the guy is a douche, but let's not say that it was for blocking the view of the road - it's for driving without due care and attention.

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Question.

What if the laptop <em>was</em> the navigator? Laptops can be loaded with map software and be connected to USB- or COM-connected GPS receivers. I've considered the idea myself but, perhaps like this driver, can't think of an elegant solution in terms of placement.

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Meh..

Seen dozens of British and EU trucks with laptops, DVD players etc on the dashboard, one guy watching porn as he drove (at least he had one hand on the wheel)

Paris likes trucking...

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"professional drivers"

Are usually the worst on the road, especially taxi drivers. Flash or "pip" them for their failure to indicate, pull in wherever they want or perform dangerous U-turns and they just give you abuse. So much for professionalism.

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"professional drivers"?

Getting paid to drive a taxi, white van, truck or anything else does *NOT* make someone a "professional driver"!

As you mention, those who think of themselves as "professional drivers" are often extremely *bad* drivers because they think they know it all and probably think they have right of way over everything else on the road too which makes them very dangerous.

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Professional

Merely means that it's how you earn your living. It implies nothing about skill level.

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but?

Was he actually watching the DVD or using the laptop at the time, or just using them to block out the sight of the pedestrian disappearing under his wheels?

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You should see the vehicles in China and S.E. Asia

In the West we are used to having impressive in-dash audio systems, In my oart of the world the in-dash audio spaces are usually filled with pop-out DVD players and TV screens that can easily be seen by ANYONE in the vehicle, including the driver.

These devices are also offered as optional accessories for trucks, and the like, too. In VietNam they are commonly fitted in taxi's as their cost is relatively low.

Maybe this helps explain how over 1,000,000 people are killed in China annually and over 13,000 in VietNam (population ~90-million).

For those who want to show off their wealth driving their Mercs or Bimmers one way is to fit individual pop-up players for the rear seat passengers.

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Or the Romanian kind

Romanian truck driver:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmp8GuunCU0

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...and that seems to be filmed in the UK too.

..guess I'll be giving the eastern european truckers a bit more room going forward.

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which part of the uk

So which part of the UK do we drive on the right?

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Blocking view of the road

"McMillan explained that a key to collision avoidance is not having stuff like DVDs and laptops blocking your view of the road"

Of course - blocking the view of the road is the only issue here.

So if my laptop / DVD player is on my passenger seat, that's OK then? Keeping your eyes on the road and not on the laptop/DVD player is not important, no?

Mine's the one with the laptop not in the pocket but on my dashboard.

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I hate to come over all Daily Mail.

But how come this guy wasn't fined or banned form driving? If I were to stop at the side of the road and talk on my mobile phone, but happened to leave the engine running, I could expect a fine and point on my licence, or even a ban -- but this guy can drive a truck on main roads while watching a DVD and he just gets a slap on the wrist. How come?

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@ Cameron Colley and some others

I don't see anywhere in the article that says the driver was watching a DVD, just that the player was on the dashboard along with a laptop. Having these items on the dashboard does not mean he was watching/using either of them.

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Banned?

I think you need to have a read through the road traffic act and find the bit that says you can be banned for this. Then again only a Daily Mail reader would think that the police have the power to ban a driver.

All the police can do in this situation is report the driver with a view to prosecution. And I've read nothing in the story that says they didn't. They can't prevent him from continuing if he rectifies the problem.

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Any hin t as to what was playing on his dashtop devices?

Perhaps some other fine products of Eastern European extraction, of the kind that are used for an entirely different kind of pulling?

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So...

...does this mean if I did the same I'd get away with 'rectifying' the problem, or the more likely get nicked for driving without due care?

Hungarian driver, about to leave the uk = police can't be arsed with the paperwork

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Even if it wasn't obscuring his view...

...is it not a bit dangerous to drive while watching films?

Did he get let off with a warning because he isn't from these shores and it would take too much paperwork?

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Zealous police?

I can't see what's wrong with a stack of hardware on the screen if he isn't actually watching it while driving. So he looses a foot of windscreen view, big deal. It only takes 2 inches of mobile phone screen to cause a way worse problem.

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@Andy GIbson

Andy, as a "Professional" sometime coach driver, I can assure you that taxi-drivers are in no way professional, and I resent being compared to them - and White Van Man, actually.

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Professional

FFS the word professional means you make a living from something. Buy a dictionary and pull your neck in.

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Coffee/keyboard

maybe he was watching the road...

Perhaps he had the nose camera piped to the laptop screen. Probably not, though.

Anybody else see the irony that the cop who pulled him also has a laptop mounted on his dash, to check plate numbers and driver warrants (at least they do in the states).

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HiTek Bulgarian.....Airbags???

along with at least 6 points to his licence and a fat fine for both him and the haulage company he works for......

Hopefully

Paris cos she knows all about DVD's and Airbags....

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New law

So a new law will be rushed in to ban DVD players on dashboards

Then some celeb will get off on the basis that they were watching a Blu-Ray

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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.

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Sir

Perhaps the underinflated tyre allowed the cab to drop enough to rectify the loss of forward vision over the laptop screen?

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Not a surprise

On a recent trip to the Lakes my girlfriend spotted two lorry drivers reading the paper whilst driving, one of them was using his mobile too (didn't see them myself - I was concentrating on driving!).

These wagons typically have cruise control, so the drivers are in no danger of being caught be a speed camera. Since that's the only kind of law enforcement that we have on the roads these days, it's hardly surprising that this happens.

We need more traffic cops, with powers to DO something about these clowns.

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