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I've been seeing more of these guys on the road lately. So, I was going east from Windsor, I come to a construction site on the road, so the highway narrows to one lane. But sometimes a semi truck who appoints himself as the merging lane police officer would block anyone from using the lane that's ending until it's actually ending. So they would start driving in the middle of two lanes to purposely block people from going there even thought there are like 500-600 meters remaining.

Is it legal to intentionally block people from using it until its end? Is it reportable?

I passed a semi truck that was doing it and I had to sped up because he swerved into me while I was literally still passing him -- it seems he was really upset that I used the lane until its end. I don't know why people care so much about what others do that don't affect them.

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Then the other day, heavy duty truck was doing the same thing (one of those F-350 type). It was obvious, they're blocking people on purpose because he was moving back to the ending lane when he notices I was about to pass him from it.

It's like a customer blocking other customers from entering a store because it's closing in 1 hour. Whatever sickness this behaviour is, it doesn't make sense.

A quick diagram of how he was blocking two lanes. My point of view is from the car at the very top.

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Remember the trucker vaccination protest ?

They do . . .
 

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I have noticed that the standard to which truck drivers are trained in the US falls far short of the standard to which truckers in more advanced countries such as, say, the UK are trained. In other countries, truck drivers actually receive instruction on how to manage interactions and especially conflict with other drivers. They are made aware that they are driving large vehicles of tens of tons of weight that are potentially extremely lethal, and that they have a professional duty of care to drive, well, professionally, even when other road users do not.

As you allude to, such professionalism is largely absent from the American trucking body, which is evidenced in a wide array of substandard driving exhibited by them.

Cars often accelerate in highway merges to get ahead of a truck and then slam their brakes on as soon as they merge to avoid hitting traffic ahead in the target lane. This can cause the truck to have to brake sharply, which is obviously not easy when it's carrying 40,000 lbs. So the trucker above clearly wanted to try to prevent this. However, the technique used in countries where truckers have more advanced driving skills is to simply slow down. This causes a buffer area to be created in front of the truck into which cars will continue to insert themselves, but the added distance created by the buffer will mean that the truck is much less likely to need to slam on its brakes. It's all about maintaining adequate stopping distances that are appropriate to the type of vehicle being driven. Again, not something that is taught, at least not effectively, at American trucking schools.
Daily Motorists in U.K. driver better than majority of truck drivers here
 

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Unfortunately, yes. The standard of driving in the US is pretty shocking compared with most of Western Europe (French and Belgians excepted).

The reason is the lack of training required and hence the extremely low standard needed to obtain a driving licence in the US. I took tests in Arizona and in California and the road tests as well as the written theory tests were a joke. The motorcycle tests were even worse - all you have to do is ride around some cones in a parking lot and hey presto - you're good to ride a 200mph bike. It's totally nuts.
Yes in U.K. you must advance class permits.
You must start with a moped . . . Before you are licensed for a Yamaha V- Max class motorcycle.

I took my motorcycle license test when I was 16.
They watched me drive around the parking lot.
I had a Kawasaki H-2 Widowmaker. 3 cylinder 2 stroke.

They did not even have cones !
Wheel Fuel tank Tire Automotive fuel system Vehicle

They sell for Crazy money now.
I paid $500.00 then. Used car lot.
Dealer thought it " burned oil"!
It's a 2 stroke. Dealer had no knowledge.

No helmet laws back then. I survived.
This bike was so light . . . A strong wind would blow me across lanes on the Huey P.Long bridge across Mississippi River. 300 pounds & a 10,0000 R.P.M. redline.
Horrible sound when you missed a gear.
 

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Yes, I was going to say that would be worth megabucks today. I used to like the 2 strokes; they were lots of fun. Riiiing-ding-ding-ding. I didn't used to like stinking of 2 stroke oil, but that was a small price to pay.

A big problem with the ease of getting a US motorcycle licence is that, because nobody knows how to ride fast motorcycles and they end up crashing them, the chance of finding older sports bikes in one piece is almost zero. Check out this CBR600 for sale now in UK. It's a 2000 and is all original, Not crashed, bashed, slung down the road etc. Finding one like this in the US would be near impossible.

I just sold a C.B.-900 a while back.
Only had 1,600 miles on it.
Was in collision & the guy bought a V - Max.
Lost storage. I got it for $100.00
It was 4 years old when the owner bought it new at showroom.
He was hit from behind. Carb float stuck .
Had carbs off to bring to machine shop to drill out a screw. 4 synchronized carbs.almost bought a Concourse ( Kawasaki)police 1400 a few weeks ago.
Police auction. 3,800 miles. Was being used as a trainer. A few drop scratches.missing turn signals.
Could have got for $800.00

I really want a surplus Harley.
I'm just cheap. So I will end up with surplus police BMW,HONDA,or a Kawasaki.
Still have motorcycle license. Over 40 years.

The Concourse can break every speed limit in the country in 1st gear . With 5 more gears up.
 

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Yes, I was going to say that would be worth megabucks today. I used to like the 2 strokes; they were lots of fun. Riiiing-ding-ding-ding. I didn't used to like stinking of 2 stroke oil, but that was a small price to pay.

A big problem with the ease of getting a US motorcycle licence is that, because nobody knows how to ride fast motorcycles and they end up crashing them, the chance of finding older sports bikes in one piece is almost zero. Check out this CBR600 for sale now in UK. It's a 2000 and is all original, Not crashed, bashed, slung down the road etc. Finding one like this in the US would be near impossible.

They ARE selling for Mega Bucks. I will probably never have another one like that. Unless it's a barn find.
Then I would probably never be able to title it.

Straight pipes & cone breathers( molested/ not original)
I had cone stacks on mine. For H.P. increase. But kept factory breather box.
Land vehicle Tire Automotive parking light Automotive tire Automotive lighting

The factory pipes look better on that bike .
They were Loud enough.
20,000 £ in U.K. current value. For a " Rice Burner".
Done that,been there. for $500.00
 

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Oh it's just a parking lot up in here ...ain't going no where.. forever traffic and construction that never seems to end.
No . . . Heading south to League City around Housten near N.A.S.A. is a damn parking lot if you end up there around " Rush Hour".
And the Galveston Ferry is an hour wait if you travelling late night or early a.m.
Used to go offshore out of Galveston. To heliports & boat docks.

Lot of fun before G.P.S. finding docks & heliports at 3:00 a.m. in the dark when you've never been there before. Miss the flight & you're out of a job.

Drive all night to
A.) Sit at a heliport till afternoon flight.
B.) Fly offshore at 6:00 a.m. & begin a 12 hour day . . .

Fun fun fun.
 
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