Thursday, 6 August 2009

stupid stickers

I saw something on the back of a van the other day that made me stop and think.

It was a post office van - one of those red things that you see all over the place - and on the back of it it had a sticker saying that the van was limited to a particular speed. For instance there are lorries that cannot go beyond some odd figure like 56 miles per hour - quite why it's 56mph I don't know but there you go - there are some vehicles that cannot go as fast as the posted speed limit and so they tell you that so as to try and reduce your rage as you trundle along behind them on a country lane.

But I digress....this post office van - the sticker said...."limited to 70 mph".

Which completely baffles me as our national speed limit is 70 miles per hour, which, surely, negates the need for a sticker on a van that says "limited to 70 mph". I still don't understand it, but it is surely a sad reflection on how most drivers seem to ignore the posted speed limits and just go as fast as they feel they can.

So perhaps a sticker warning other drivers that this van cannot go faster than 70mph has some value, but I still say that such a sticker is redundant - NOBODY should be going faster than that anyway!! The thing is that somebody actually thought that this 70mph sticker would be a good idea - why?! I don't think that I am ever going to understand this one!

4 comments:

Matthew said...

You just didn't get the joke :-P

Alice Teh said...

I didn't know there is such a thing...

jen said...

duh. and think how much time, effort and money went to producing that sticker, and probably 1,000 others...

Kim L said...

That reminds me of a particular curve in a road I used to drive with frequency. The speed limit was 55 miles per hour. When there is a sharp turn in the road, there will sometimes be yellow signs with a lower speed limit so people slow down around the curve. At this particular curve however, there was that usual yellow sign, cautioning you that the speed limit was 55 around this curve. I always wondered what the point was.