British Politeness vs The Highway Code

On the way to work at the moment there are some roadworks in Canley while Coventry City Council adds yet more bus lanes… this has led to a 400m length of dual carriageway (passed the graveyard) that filters down to one lane at the end just before hitting the roundabout with the roadworks.

Everyday there is a queue in the left hand lane (usually backing up and blocking/slowing down the feeder roads) with a completely empty right hand lane…

… and everyday I simply jump into the right hand land and merge in at the front of the queue, much to the disgust of everyone else queuing patiently in the left.

This beautifully exemplifies:

  • ‘Never Underestimate the Power of Human Stupidity’ – It doesn’t take a genius to work out that if we split the traffic evenly between the two lanes that would mean less congestion on the surrounding roads.
  • ‘British Politeness’ – Frankly the British love queuing and are just too polite to use sense.
  • ‘No one reads the Highway Code’ – The Highway Code says here ‘where lanes are restricted due to road works, merge in turn’.

Nuff said!

Author: Ben King

My name is Ben King, I am a director of an Internet solutions company called bit10 ltd. My ultimate responsibility is to bring in the work that bit10 delivers. However I also do a myriad of other things, for example system design, and administration. Outside work I go out, I drink, I socialise, I cook, I have fun, oh and I play a little bit too much World of Warcraft!

3 thoughts on “British Politeness vs The Highway Code”

  1. Yup – I agree with Ben BUT when I have already filtered into the first lane and someone tries to sneak in front of me, then don’t expect me to be nice about it!

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