Towing a motorcycle trailer in Italy (1 Viewer)

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I am planing a trip to Italy next year and will be towing a trailer for my motorcycle , I know if you have a bike rack you need a reflective panel , but does anyone know if is true for a trailer ?
 
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reflective warning board 50 x 50 cm is made for the identification of projecting loads of camping vehicles, bicycle racks, trailers, caravans, boat trailers, car bike racks and other prolonging extensions is obligatory in Italy and Spain for loads sticking out to the rear, has to be mounted clearly visible.
 
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Watch your speed. I think it's 50mph on an Autostrada with trailers. I didn't know that and am guessing that's why a lorry driver hooted and angrily waved at me when doing about 70mph.
 
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thanks for the advice I normally stick to 60 mph but will stick to 50 dont want to upset Lorry drivers !
 
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Watch your speed. I think it's 50mph on an Autostrada with trailers. I didn't know that and am guessing that's why a lorry driver hooted and angrily waved at me when doing about 70mph.


I don't think I have ever seen a lorry going that slow on a decent road in Italy
 
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thanks for the advice I normally stick to 60 mph but will stick to 50 dont want to upset Lorry drivers !

Sorry to be controversial but I hold Italian lorry drivers in complete contempt. We spent 8 days in Italy recently and the only problem we had was aggressive Italian lorry drivers refusing to move over to let us accelerate on the lanes joining the motorways (even when there was nothing in the second lane).

We found the standard of lorry driving to be the worst I have ever seen. In fact (and here is a comment to get the wires whirring), I find the general standard of lorry driving in most countries to be very poor. They were traditionally known as 'the knights of the road' but I am sick and tired of them sitting side by side sometimes for many miles trying to overtake on dual carriage ways doing 0.5mph faster than the slower lorry and holding up car drivers. In short a 100% complete lack of manners and (almost) as poor as the very many motorhome drivers who drive with no respect for the queue of cars behind them and still never move over.

Oops! I have done it now. Blackballed from the site while still a mere 'slip of a lad'. I hang my head in shame.

Paul the hated!
 

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Couldn't agree more , well said

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Watch your speed. I think it's 50mph on an Autostrada with trailers. I didn't know that and am guessing that's why a lorry driver hooted and angrily waved at me when doing about 70mph.

The only things going at 50mph on the Autostrada would be scooters..... all else travels much faster even the HGVs'
 

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I find the general standard of lorry driving in most countries to be very poor. They were traditionally known as 'the knights of the road' but I am sick and tired of them sitting side by side sometimes for many miles trying to overtake on dual carriage ways doing 0.5mph faster than the slower lorry and holding up car drivers. In short a 100% complete lack of manners and (almost) as poor as the very many motorhome drivers who drive with no respect for the queue of cars behind them and still never move over.

You do know they don't do it on purpose, they have governors on the motors keeping them at 56 mph. I know sometimes you think wtf did they try that for when they can't get past and have to pull back in!!

Germany has the best system, they don't let em in the outside lane of a two carriage motorway between 6am and 10pm(y) Something I feel VERY STRONGLY WE SHOULD ADOPT HERE...
 
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You do know they don't do it on purpose, they have governors on the motors keeping them at 56 mph. I know sometimes you think wtf did they try that for when they can't get past and have to pull back in!!

Germany has the best system, they don't let em in the outside lane of a two carriage motorway between 6am and 10pm(y) Something I feel VERY STRONGLY WE SHOULD ADOPT HERE...

As far as point 1 is concerned if they are both governed at the same speed why try to overtake? Simple. A total lack or respect for other road users.

Point 2. Why restrict the non-overtaking between those hours? Why are such disrespectful and uncaring drivers ever allowed to go into the second lane in circumstances other than emergencies? We need truck deliveries but we need truck drivers with common road good manners and respect even more.
 

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As far as point 1 is concerned if they are both governed at the same speed why try to overtake? Simple. A total lack or respect for other road users.

Point 2. Why restrict the non-overtaking between those hours? Why are such disrespectful and uncaring drivers ever allowed to go into the second lane in circumstances other than emergencies? We need truck deliveries but we need truck drivers with common road good manners and respect even more.

Point 1, the lorry overtaking might be unladen, the one being overtaken could be fully loaded (therefore slight advantage on inclines) also different companies doing the installation on the governers, hence could be a slight discrepancy on TRUE speeds, Also Trucks have an array of different Horsepowers, your supermarkets might have say 440 HP for economy, and the smaller companies inc Owner drivers have Trucks at up to 750 HP (HUGE DIFFERENCE). Also different weights to be considered. I'm sure you've been in the roadworks doing 50 and someone comes past at 51, there is a difference, not a lot I grant you but it feels like it!

Point 2 The trucks are NOT governed to 56mph on the continent, hence going back to point 1, Johnny foreigner will be overtaking the brit trucks.

BTW I am not a Truck driver(y)(y)
 
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Point 1, the lorry overtaking might be unladen, the one being overtaken could be fully loaded (therefore slight advantage on inclines) also different companies doing the installation on the governers, hence could be a slight discrepancy on TRUE speeds, Also Trucks have an array of different Horsepowers, your supermarkets might have say 440 HP for economy, and the smaller companies inc Owner drivers have Trucks at up to 750 HP (HUGE DIFFERENCE). Also different weights to be considered. I'm sure you've been in the roadworks doing 50 and someone comes past at 51, there is a difference, not a lot I grant you but it feels like it!

Point 2 The trucks are NOT governed to 56mph on the continent, hence going back to point 1, Johnny foreigner will be overtaking the brit trucks.

BTW I am not a Truck driver(y)(y)

Just as I said then They have a total lack of road manners and respect for other motorists.

Please note that I am not saying that they should not overtake. I just think that is it common decency and professionalism (and they claim to be very professional), not to hold all the other vehicles while they spend 5 minutes overtaking another lorry.

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Are you sure? EU wide as far as I am aware.

Nope, not sure, but as all things EU there are countries that abide by the rules and countries that don't, not necessarily countries per se, the hauliers operating in them. I will stand corrected if I'm wrong, as I said I am not a truck driver, but I have witnessed first hand on the continent they do go above 56 mph, some of them WAY above!!!
 

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Just as I said then They have a total lack of road manners and respect for other motorists.

I apologize in advance to everyone who see's me overtaking in my motorhome (or car for that matter) I do not have good road manners, I do sometimes overtake other vehicles maybe doing a few more mph than the vehicle I am overtaking, I do not wind up and fly by in a blur (unless I'm on the motorbike, then we're called idiots) so to all waiting behind me to get past.....I'm sorry;);):LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL:

Forgot to add, it winds the hell out of me being behind a truck doing 56 overtaking one doing 55.789mph(y) I don't think they're disrespectful, they really think getting somewhere 2 mins quicker makes all the difference;)

Forgot to add, when they first started governing speed on HGV's I was on the A1 near Doncaster and it took an empty truck 7 miles to overtake the fully laden one:mad::mad:
 
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I apologize in advance to everyone who see's me overtaking in my motorhome (or car for that matter) I do not have good road manners, I do sometimes overtake other vehicles maybe doing a few more mph than the vehicle I am overtaking, I do not wind up and fly by in a blur (unless I'm on the motorbike, then we're called idiots) so to all waiting behind me to get past.....I'm sorry;);):LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL:

Forgot to add, it winds the hell out of me being behind a truck doing 56 overtaking one doing 55.789mph(y) I don't think they're disrespectful, they really think getting somewhere 2 mins quicker makes all the difference;)

Forgot to add, when they first started governing speed on HGV's I was on the A1 near Doncaster and it took an empty truck 7 miles to overtake the fully laden one:mad::mad:

I rest my case...........

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