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About Turvey

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  1. I occasionally drive the big sweeper, I could redirect the side nozzle a wee bit!
  2. Cyclists dawdling along the main road when there is a cycle path running parallel less than 10 feet away! Cyclists actually using said cycle path but crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing without a) slowing down and b) dismounting! Groups of tourist cyclists riding single file along the road spaced out in a long line, too close together to overtake one at a time but too far apart to overtake them all at once! Cyclists stopping on a blind bend at the top of a hill and speaking to another group of cyclists on the other side of the road! Cyclists suddenly stopping on the main road and expecting me to pass him when there is oncoming traffic! Why do these people only come out when I'm in my work truck? 32 tonner 8 wheelers aint exactly the most manoeuvrable on the road and the acceleration is pretty poor as well! Don't get me wrong, I do like summer up here but the tourists do my head in sometimes
  3. That's kinda what I was thinking when I was doing the job
  4. Since when did doing a simple job like changing a car battery become such a (relativity) difficult task? Back in the day (God, I hate that phrase) you could change one in less than 5 minutes, including washing your hands after and putting the kettle on!!! 2 nuts holding the bracket on, a couple of turns and you got it off. Positive and negative terminals a quick turn and off. New one on in no time. Now, remove plastic battery cover. unclip 3 or 4 different cables from fiddly plastic clip things. Try and remove bit of plastic surrounding the battery whilst simultaneously trying to pull cables out of the way. Remove 2x10mm nuts holding the bracket on. Too deep for a socket so have to use a spanner to begin with. Finally get bracket off. 10mm nuts on battery terminals. Nice, easy access? Oh NO!!! Let's put the neg terminal so far under the windscreen scuttle that you can only manage a 1/8th turn on a spanner!!! Even pulling the old battery out and getting the new one in is an absolute pain due to the lack of room. Replacement is even more of a ball ache as you have to remember in which order it all came off because if you start putting it back together in the wrong order you have to take it all apart again to get that stupid bit of plastic surround in!!! Rant over
  5.$p$&wid=281&hei=281&op_sharpen=1&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/68918_P As for a serious answer, sorry dont know.
  6. Why don't you have a look at the answers to the same question you posted earlier?
  7. Should introduce a minimum time/post count before being allowed sales posts. It seems to work on other car sites.
  8. No local hardware stores near you sell chain?
  9. I think you can just ditch that cable and buy something like this.
  10. The tunnel will cut out most radio waves
  11. Down to pure economics. One less man, one less wage!
  12. Thanks for all your input. The refuse/recycling wagons up here DON'T have the system you mention whereby the vehicle can't be driven without hitting a button. However they do have 5 emergency stop buttons, 4 around the vehicle and 1 in the cab. Regarding drivers not getting out and just letting the crew do the job, recently we've had some route changes been made and on a couple of them the powers that be decided that they weren't needing a 3 man crew and that a driver and 1 man was sufficient. Works fine out in the country but not so good in town so the driver is in and out nearly as much as his 2nd man. There are also a couple of jobs whereby it's just the driver only! They've told us that seeing as we won't have a banksman on those routes we're not allowed to reverse! On one of those routes one of the bins is located at the end of a narrow pier! I spent an hour yesterday looking through the H&S website but couldn't find anything specific to leaving refuse vehicle cabs unattended but running Like I said I'm pretty sure will happen but it would be interesting to see what happens if the worst came to the worst. Just hope it doesn't happen when I'm the driver.
  13. Cheers Clive, So it's OK to leave it running in the street unmanned? Just wondering what would happen if something serious happened and someone got hurt. I know the chances are very slim BUT how would it be viewed if a kid climbed into the cab, let the handbrake off and the truck careered off a pier? Would/could the driver be charged with neglect say? Think it's a dodgy grey area myself.
  14. Just a general question regarding the driving of refuse/recycling wagons. What's the legality regarding the driver leaving his seat to help load the vehicle bearing in mind that it has to be running to enable loading? Also bearing in mind that I know for a fact that car drivers have been cautioned and fined for leaving vehicles running to enable de-frosting. Personally, I feel there is a Health and Safety issue because as soon as he leaves his seat he is no longer in control of the vehicle and is in no way able to stop it if it starts moving ie handbrake failure/not applying it correctly etc nor is he able to stop the machinery if he is the other side of the street or up an alley etc collecting bins. God forbid but "IF" something happened, who be liable? The driver, or the employer? There's also a potential theft problem, although I don't think many joyriders would actually choose a bin lorry to go cruising in, but it's still a possibility. More likely someone could pull the keys out and chuck them 'For a laugh!' Just asking out of curiosity, not connected with my job at all you understand Would be interesting to get both the police and the H&S perspective on this.