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British tarmac truck had historical GDR tyres

The Local · 12 Sep 2012, 08:39

Published: 12 Sep 2012 08:39 GMT+02:00

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“Some of his tyres were four or five years older than the driver himself,” police in the western German district of Mettmann said in a statement.

Traffic safety police stopped the 20-year-old man on Monday as part of its increased checks of British tarmac layers operating in the Hilden area near Düsseldorf.

The police said they had been receiving more and more reports of British tarmac layers operating in the area, bullying customers into paying exorbitant prices for shoddy work. This has prompted increased vigilance on the part of traffic officers.

Officers stopped the 20-year-old in his truck, which had a trailer attached to the back. They said the vehicle did not look roadworthy, and so took it to an inspection depot, where 38 problems were found, including significant steering and braking defects that made the vehicle and trailer a danger to traffic.

Not only did the brakes on the trailer completely fail to function – the tyres were described as a “real highlight” for their historical value.

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09:01 September 12, 2012 by C Robert
Seems to me the driver of this vehicle, driving a death trap!
09:21 September 12, 2012 by Irishdavid
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09:54 September 12, 2012 by antrodemus
Irishdavid: I thought exactly the same thing. If you do some internet searches, you will find stories like this from a number of countries, but most of the time the locals don't understand what is really going on or who they are dealing with. Funny. I find the German reaction to the situation amusing--go after them for driving shoddy vehicles.
10:44 September 12, 2012 by Englishted
@ antrodemus

I think it is a great idea take the vehicles off them or make them pay to make them safe.

Just wish the British police would be as firm when dealing with them as they have no car tax and often no m.o.t. (tüv) and no insurance.

A tip for the German local police would be to check where they are dumping the building rubble left after any work they do ,because normally the local authority is left to clear up the mess.

They are not even British never mind English.
11:48 September 12, 2012 by DoubleDTown
I've been speaking, reading, and writing American English a long time, but not British. What is a "tarmac layer" ?
13:50 September 12, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
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15:06 September 12, 2012 by Al uk
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15:40 September 12, 2012 by reallybigdog
They certainly are British as indicated by the article. They may be working for Irish contractors in some instances but none the less British labor.
16:44 September 12, 2012 by schneebeck
Does anyone remember those old Trabis from the DDR? Some of those are still around.
17:50 September 12, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Don't know what reason my comment above was removed for. All I said is the police should keep a close eye on these people. I can imagine slave labour being used. The courts convicted in the UK for enslaving homeless men to do these jobs.
18:24 September 12, 2012 by zeulf
Double D Tarmac might be called Asfalt or Blacktop Pavement in Roads or Carparks.. Parking lots ...
22:17 September 12, 2012 by smart2012
Guys, have u ever seen an old Opel vectra or an old vw passat or an old mercedes 190 driving at 200 km/hours on the highway? I did and I am sure u too. Are u telling me those cars are safe at that speed carrying 15 / 20 years old breaks, safety systems etc etc. That is dangerous, but never reported ;)
00:21 September 13, 2012 by schneebeck
Is that Merkel's fault?
18:36 September 13, 2012 by Englishted
@ smart2012

They can't have the old stuff or they would fail the TÜV examination ,you can bet these lorries are unsafe and will not have had any test at all.
18:45 September 13, 2012 by wenddiver
I was driving in Texas and the entire fender flew of the Mexican truck in front of me and hit my new Lincoln right in the grill. When the police arrived the driver had no insurance, bald tires, no brake lights. But that's OK, because he was in the country illegally, underage to drive, spoke no English and threatened to hit me with a tire iron for calling the police.

My personal cost for this open border garbage? Almost $12, 000 in parts and Labor. I fail to see what was free about having no real Borders. I imagine this is the same problem.
16:25 September 14, 2012 by glenhope

Macadam is a type of road construction pioneered by the Scotsman John Loudon McAdam in around 1820. With the advent of motor vehicles, dust became a serious problem on macadam roads. This problem was approached by spraying tar on the surface to create tar-bound macadam. Later a mixture of coal tar and ironworks slag, patented by Edgar Purnell Hooley as tarmac, was introduced.

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