Tauranga driving antics caught on camera

A screen shot of the dash cam footage. Video: Glen Perry.

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Dash cam footage from a Tauranga truck driver shows one of the main reasons why there are so many crashes in the city.

The footage was taken from Glen Perry's truck on Wednesday, as he travelled along Takitimu Drive towards Bethlehem.

As Glen's truck was taking the exit to continue onto Bethlehem from Takitimu Drive, a Toyota Hilux ute pulls into Glen's lane, narrowly missing the front of his truck.

“And people wonder why there are so many accidents on the roads. He [the driver] would have been doing In excess of 110km/h when he did this and missed the front left corner of the truck by no more than a foot.

“This is the Route P expressway where the lanes split. The left that the ute was in goes out to The Lakes and the right, which I'm in, goes and joins up with the expressway to Bethlehem.”

Glen share the footage with SunLive to show “see some of the madness happening on our roads”.



13 Comments

CC8

Posted on 21-02-2017 08:31 | By Heavy Haulage

CC8 shows the typical ignorance of car drivers who have never driven a truck before. When your overall length of your truck and trailer rig is around 23 meters long it is obvious to road users that use their common sense that it may take up both lanes going around a roundabout. It sounds like CC8 is trying to overtake heavy vehicles when they are heading to a merging lane situation and leaving it to the last moment as we all know cars can accelrate way faster than a heavy vehicle. So in summary CC8 use your common sense if you have some. Dont overtake turning vehicles and dont risk your life to overtake. Give heavy vehicles someroom.

P.S

Posted on 14-02-2017 19:57 | By Capt_Kaveman

i just installed my dashcam from my old car so look out TGA drivers you could be on youtube anytime soon

Auckland drivers

Posted on 12-02-2017 21:37 | By pnicky

Yes, and no prizes for guessing where all our new arrogant driving behaviors are coming from either.........

Appalling

Posted on 12-02-2017 14:59 | By freedomkiwis

CCB ... so what if it’s over a year ago. It’s still very relevant today, and your statements indicate that you yourself have never driven a large truck or bus. Of course two lanes are sometimes needed at roundabouts...it depends on the size of the roundabout. Sounds like you are making excuses for the driver of the Toyota

new rules needed

Posted on 12-02-2017 11:45 | By jaydeegee

NZ urgently needs a 'no passing on the left' rule.

Shocking drivers in Tauranga

Posted on 12-02-2017 09:08 | By Paulette

This kind of driving is becoming endemic in tauranga these days. Over the past 2 days while driving around town, we have seen 2 incidents of overtaking like this. Vehicles cutting quickly in between cars with hardly and warning or gap to move into. In the past year especially, I have noticed seriously bad driving events on our roads virtually every time I dare to venture out. Tauranga has never been know for it's great drivers because of the aging population that used to dominate, but there is a whole new breed of ignorant, arrogant and impatient drivers about now. Sadly this seems to be another of the downsides to a growing city.

Does

Posted on 11-02-2017 23:45 | By Capt_Kaveman

Not matter happens before hand this is plain stupid and justifies loss of car and license for 28days

hmmmmm

Posted on 11-02-2017 21:28 | By choconut

Some get as good as they give some give truck drivers a bad name.

glasshouses

Posted on 11-02-2017 17:40 | By maildrop

I wish I had a dashcam, paid for by an employer, to show all the dangerous truck drivers who have cut me up, and been driving well in excess of the speed limit. Then I could run to Sunlive to bleet. Anyhow, one thing in common with all this that explains the terrible toll on these roads.....crap Kiwi drivers, whether ute, car or truck. It's in the DNA.

Does the Video tell the whole story?

Posted on 11-02-2017 14:02 | By CC8

ancient history ... dated over a year ago. Why wait this long to bring it up? It would be interesting to see which truck he drives. There are several regular truck users of this road who speed up will not give way to anyone where the road merges . They travel at over the speed limit themselves , use up both lanes around the Elizabeth street roundabout and swing into the right lane with less than enough signaling time and little regard for anyone else on the road. Same thing going through Bethlehem, sudden lane changes with little or no warning and use both lanes around the roundabout then race for the merging road. Also if the ute was doing 110, how fast was the truck going? Not much slower if you count the lampposts v time. More to this than meets the eye.

More care needed by all

Posted on 11-02-2017 12:58 | By Sheila

We were driving on the same road two days ago just before the bridge when an unsecured fence post flew off a small flatbed truck in front. We were incredibly lucky it missed us. The motorcyclist behind us fortunately saw us swerve and managed to get out of the way. Hope the driver is worried about the whereabouts of the post!

Drop kick

Posted on 11-02-2017 12:21 | By The Sage

Ute and truck drivers seem to be a breed of their own

steve

Posted on 11-02-2017 11:35 | By Flick Chick

Dead right Glen he is exactly what you politely called him and the cops should book him for dangerous driving

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