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    • Deastons
    • By Deastons 6th Nov 18, 7:00 PM
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    Are National Express drivers trained to stay in the middle lane?
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    • 6th Nov 18, 7:00 PM
    Are National Express drivers trained to stay in the middle lane? 6th Nov 18 at 7:00 PM
    I first noticed it a few months ago - every time I see a National Express coach on the motorway, it's in the middle lane. I've now seen it far too much for it to be a coincidence.

    Lane 1 can be completely empty for as far as the eye can see, but the the coach will be sitting in lane 2 at a steady 65mph-ish.

    These are professional drivers, so I can't believe it's just lazy lane hogging. So do National Express train their drivers to stay in lane 2? Is there some sort of safety aspect? A coach is carrying up to 50-odd people after all.
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    • James2k
    • By James2k 9th Nov 18, 9:15 PM
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    James2k
    Do you think
    Originally posted by AndyMc.....
    No i don't suppose he does
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 10th Nov 18, 1:27 AM
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    The speed limit for goods vehicles OVER 7.5t was and still is 60MPH.
    Originally posted by Tarambor

    Our own Government do make rules too, although they are so incompetent, it probably never happened.

    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 10th Nov 18, 8:24 AM
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    Our own Government do make rules too, although they are so incompetent, it probably never happened.
    Originally posted by sevenhills
    UK speed limits are 100% decided by the UK government, nobody else. Never have been.


    It was the UK government's decision alone to raise the 7.5t+ single carriageway limit from 40 to 50mph in 2015. In fact, that limit change didn't even apply to Scotland, because Scottish legislation is separate to that of England and Wales.
    • Tilt
    • By Tilt 10th Nov 18, 2:03 PM
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    Tilt
    I'm a coach/bus driver.

    I have seen NE coaches using all 3 lanes on a 3 lane motorway, including the outside (or lane 3) on some occasions. But I wouldn't agree that they are known for hogging the middle lane.

    Also, I have had them regularly overtake me while i've been doing 62mph (or 100kph which is what PCVs are limited to, despite being able to legally do 70mph on motorways).

    Odd, isn't it?
    PLEASE NOTE
    My advice should be used as guidance only. You should always obtain face to face professional advice before taking any action.
    • skipness
    • By skipness 22nd Nov 18, 5:20 PM
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    It is a common misapprehension that National Express own coaches and employ drivers.
    The services are operated and crewed by separate operators under contract to Natex. Look at the legal lettering on the near side, usually just to the rear of the front wheels, usually, to discover the owner of the coach.
    • skipness
    • By skipness 22nd Nov 18, 6:36 PM
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    It is a common misapprehension that National Express own coaches and employ drivers.
    The services are operated and crewed by separate operators under contract to Natex. Look at the legal lettering on the near side, usually just to the rear of the front wheels, usually, to discover the owner of the coach.
    • waamo
    • By waamo 22nd Nov 18, 7:03 PM
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    If you get close enough to coaches can a passenger in your car use the free wi fi from the coach?
    This space for hire.
    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 22nd Nov 18, 7:18 PM
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    Iceweasel
    I'm a coach/bus driver.

    I have seen NE coaches using all 3 lanes on a 3 lane motorway, including the outside (or lane 3) on some occasions. But I wouldn't agree that they are known for hogging the middle lane.

    Also, I have had them regularly overtake me while i've been doing 62mph (or 100kph which is what PCVs are limited to, despite being able to legally do 70mph on motorways).

    Odd, isn't it?
    Originally posted by Tilt
    I thought the speed limiter on coaches over 12m was 60mph/96kph - same as their legal max speed.

    Or at least that's what it says here:

    https://www.gov.uk/speed-limits
    • mark1959
    • By mark1959 22nd Nov 18, 7:27 PM
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    If you get close enough to coaches can a passenger in your car use the free wi fi from the coach?
    Originally posted by waamo
    Of course. And also the driver.
    • waamo
    • By waamo 22nd Nov 18, 7:30 PM
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    waamo
    Of course. And also the driver.
    Originally posted by mark1959
    Not sure I can browse and text at the same time.
    This space for hire.
    • Tilt
    • By Tilt 22nd Nov 18, 8:29 PM
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    Tilt
    I thought the speed limiter on coaches over 12m was 60mph/96kph - same as their legal max speed.

    Or at least that's what it says here:

    https://www.gov.uk/speed-limits
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    Yes but most NX coaches are not over 12m.
    PLEASE NOTE
    My advice should be used as guidance only. You should always obtain face to face professional advice before taking any action.
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