Man’s rant as drivers act like ‘traffic police’ in roadworks

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Man’s rant as drivers act like ‘traffic police’ in roadworks

Man’s rant as drivers act like ‘traffic police’ in roadworks
2021-03-28 04:00:00
A man who is in favour of “zip-merging” says some drivers are acting like “traffic police” on an East Hull road when they could be “reducing queues” and “increasing traffic flow”. Andrew Dodds, 56, of Longhill estate, who has a YouTube channel called “Retro Dude, Old man on his bikes” contacted Hull Live this week about the “dreadful behaviour” of a few drivers at a section of road near “Apollo pub roundabout” in Holderness Road, east Hull. He explained how road works there narrow two lanes into one and says drivers are supposed to “merge in turn at the point the road narrows”. But he says he witnessed cars “straddling” the centre line to prevent other motorists from “zip-merging”. Zip-merging is the act of cars passing you in the outside lane while you seethe silently, or extremely loudly waiting for a lane-closure up ahead. And Mr Dodds sees the benefit of zip-merging but says some other drivers do not seem to grasp it. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “The road works narrow the two lanes into one,” he explained. “The Highway Code says to merge in turn at the point the road narrows. “I witnessed three cars straddling the centre line to stop cars from doing this some 300-400 yards early. In fact, they moved to stop a woman trying to get to the turning point before the road works. “The Highway Code states it can save 20 per cent or so of the waiting time.” He continued: “So why do these people think they can stop people following the Highway Code? “If people can't understand the concept of merging in turn then they shouldn't be driving. “It is bad enough that a lot of drivers in Hull never use the left-hand lane on any road within Hull. But now [with] the road narrow, these driver are acting like traffic police preventing drivers from using either lane.” Watch Mr Dodd's footage in the video above. Mr Dodds, who has lived in Hull for about eight years, did not manage to capture the issue on dashcam footage on that particular day but just a day after contacting Hull Live, he sent the clip in, shown above, to highlight his points. He said: “No traffic Nazis today, but here is a video. Zip merging or merging in turn can reduce queues by 50 per cent and increase traffic flow by 15 per cent. So why not do it?” Mr Dodds said it is “frustrating” and that motorists need to reread the Highway Code. “You can imagine how frustrating it is,” he said. “Everywhere else [in the country] they seem to all merge in turn. “Why not just use both lanes? I don't think they understand. I think they have forgotten everything they have learnt in the Highway Code. People do need to go back to the Highway Code and reread it.” My Dodds says he has also noticed another general issue in Hull. “The first thing I noticed when I moved up here was this issue where no one drives in the left-hand lane,” he said. “When you do, you get dirty looks from people.” Birmingham Live's article here on “What is zip-merging and why does it annoy so many people?” points out that rule 134 of the Highway Code states: “You should follow the signs an
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