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Road sweeping

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Road sweeping

Do you live in or near a large town or city, do you have to travel into or out of the areas at "rush hour" times on busy roads?
Is it really necessary that councils send out their walking pace road sweepers right in the middle of the busy commuter hours, causing long tail backs of motorists who are only trying to get to work, some of whom make dangerous overtaking manoeuvres to get past them.
This practice seems to me sometimes to smack of sheer bloody-mindedness to see just how much disruption they can cause.
At least three councils in this area seem to at times to compete with each other to see who can cause the most disruption in their areas (I live and work in an area where three district councils converge and sometimes overlap)
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Re: Road sweeping

What Council is that? Ours does the main road sweeping between 6am and 7am. Had one this morning in fact.
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Re: Road sweeping

Well, I've just written to the offending council on this subject. Just in case they come up with a plausible reason, I will tell you later on which council(s) it is.
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Re: Road sweeping

@Petlew, I have to agree with you. I regularly drive through an adjoining borough and they have their refuse collection vans on main roads at peak times. This causes chaos as traffic builds up for some considerable distance behind the vans and can be dangerous as some drivers try to overtake the vans coming head-to-head with oncoming traffic.
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Re: Road sweeping

We get bin lorries blocking narrow streets (where cars park both sides) just a the time I have to get my son to school, they're typically finished work for the day by early afternoon so could easily have started their collection rounds after 9AM and cause a lot less disruption.
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Re: Road sweeping

Several countries do the road sweeping at night thus avoiding the problems mentioned in the op.
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Re: Road sweeping

They did mine last night, twice - rather annoying at 3am when you're trying to sleep!
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Re: Road sweeping

The problem as I see it with road sweeping at night is there can be many more cars parked at the side of the road than during the day.
Therefore less of each road gets swept.
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Re: Road sweeping

Late night shift working is bad for the health.
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