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by It's only me
Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: Vehicle Contracts
Replies: 18
Views: 3290

Re: Vehicle Contracts

In the North East area we have a mileage quota but no real sanction if we go over it as long as we have to jobs to justify doing it. In reality it means we have to park up 'strategically' for over half the shift. The downside is that I go through more smokes than I used to, on the plus side though I...
by It's only me
Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: supporting "3 strikes and you're out" ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3548

Re: supporting "3 strikes and you're out" ?

I agree in principal. Having been a police officer for over 30years (now retired) I saw a great many changes in legislation over the years. Two of the greatest obstacles placed in our way were the introduction of PACE & the CPS. It was as if the legislators were saying, everyone knows they did it, b...
by It's only me
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: New Vehicles for 2011
Replies: 169
Views: 15444

Re: New Vehicles for 2011

According to a mail from management my region is getting a plain hi-lux to try out over the next week (imagine it will tour the country).The VW vans have a too long waining list so looking at Merc Vito/Ford Transit, also says they are keen on Kia sorrento (7 year warranty ). All new cars to have Ha...
by It's only me
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: the union for Traffic Officers!
Replies: 103
Views: 28678

Re: the union for Traffic Officers!

I left Prospect recently as I thought they were a waste of space. I am now a member of GMB and although membership in the HA is small it is growing.
by It's only me
Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: Saving fuel/mileage ?
Replies: 19
Views: 3083

Saving fuel/mileage ?

Our TM's now have us sitting round the o/s sometimes half, sometimes a whole shift only responding to immediates. They tell us that it is to save fuel. We might as well have the day off ! Our 6 on 4 off rota is a joke, many many shift changes with the required 28 days notice, we are even getting shi...
by It's only me
Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: Flashing lorries
Replies: 22
Views: 3270

Re: Flashing lorries

I never flash LGV's in, after all they are supposed to be professional drivers (although you wouldn't think it sometimes!) My crewmate flashed one a couple of years ago and another driver thought it was for him. As a result we nearly got wiped out by an agric. tractor doing a U turn on the APTR :slw:
by It's only me
Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: 6 on 4 offshift pattern
Replies: 15
Views: 1933

Re: 6 on 4 offshift pattern

I'm DD and have been since day one. I was asked if I would consider changing if the 6/4 came in and I said yes because I was told I would remain 6 on 3 off. I have heard now though that everyone would go 6 on 4 off so what's the point in changing, there are still enough 24/7 for it to work. I did ni...
by It's only me
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: 6 on 4 offshift pattern
Replies: 15
Views: 1933

6 on 4 offshift pattern

Searched for this topic but couldn't find it so here goes ........ There is a lot of talk in the NE region about introducing a 6 on 4 off shift pattern in January 2010. This would be achieved by extending the working day slightly and may encompass a training (?) day each month. In reality it would p...
by It's only me
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: Highways Agency handed out bottled water to motorists
Replies: 13
Views: 1221

Re: Highways Agency handed out bottled water to motorists

Ot our o/s a few months ago a TO had a bottle of water cos he was thirsty and stuck on a job. There was nearly a Spanish Inquisition as to why he'd had it!. Seems we can't get a definitive answer as to who it is for. We chucked away nearly 100 bottles because they were out of date.
by It's only me
Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: Headmaster says !
Replies: 8
Views: 1228

Re: Headmaster says !

Agreed about the TM debate, I didn't intend going there again. It just seems that it's getting so 'picky' after all we are all adults.
by It's only me
Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: Rear Red Flashing Lights
Replies: 57
Views: 3464

Re: Rear Red Flashing Lights

Have I missed something here. According to 2(d) we can't use them for RRB's? The Road Traffic Act 1988 Order Under Section 44 The secretary of State for Transport in exercise of his powers under section 44 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 hereby authorises the use on the roads of motor vehicles owned an...
by It's only me
Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: Headmaster says !
Replies: 8
Views: 1228

Headmaster says !

Due to staffing issues etc, there is sometimes only one TM on duty between two outstations in our area. If we don't have one on at our place we have to wait around for a phone call at the end of our shift to tell us we can go home! Come 26mins past the hour we are gone phone call or not. We are trus...
by It's only me
Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: new eppaulettes
Replies: 155
Views: 9127

Re: new eppaulettes

A pair of my eppaulettes went back with the 'extra' jackets that the TM's collected last year. Reported them as such and someone will decide whether I can have 3 pairs or not. As an earlier post said, as they are personalise what are they going to do with them, pick out the stitched numbers and re-d...
by It's only me
Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: Truck drivers
Replies: 29
Views: 3195

Re: Truck drivers

Got a different breed where I am. They do one of 16 things. (and then some) 16. They know everything and yet ask me to sign their Tacho when stuck in a queue when if they DID know everything theyd know we dont have powers to do that. And many many more but my fingers hurts now. Hi Chocolate boy, Yo...
by It's only me
Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:34 pm
Forum: Briefing Room
Topic: Proposed Night Moves of Abnormal Loads by Highways Agency
Replies: 13
Views: 2174

Re: Proposed Night Moves of Abnormal Loads by Highways Agency

I can see the merits of moving ab loads at night due to lighter traffic flows but in my area there are quite long stretches of unlit 2 lane m/ways and APTR (without h/s). There are often those mobile home things moving up and down the road and there is not a lot of room left when they pass an LGV. I...