runners - lorries pound their way down our motorways|
are two lorries for every mile of road in this country.
And in the congested
East Midlands, car drivers get stuck behind a lot of them.
probably don't feel too enamoured of lorries hogging the highways.
everybody wants what's in the lorries, but nobody wants to be stuck behind them.
what's it like for the lorry drivers?
Driving is a lonely job - and it can
take its toll on family life.
The modern lorry driver
lorries are well equipped - there's a bed and even a fridge.
But being a
driver can be a 24/7 experience.
cab - Nick Howarth takes to the road|
Lorry drivers lead a
life that most of us wouldn't want.
The hours can be long and the travelling
can be tiring and sometimes stressful.
The law is strict about the number
of hours drivers work.
Lorry drivers may not drive for more than nine hours
a day, 56 hours a week or 90 hours a fortnight.
They must have uninterrupted
rest of at least 11 hours per day - or one period of nine hours and another of
three hours - and must rest for at least 45 minutes every 4.5 hours.
nine hours on the road, it's time to spend the night in the cab.
Out follows one driver, Nick Howarth from Swanwick, for a long week travelling
* Without lorries the
4th largest economy in the world would grind to a halt.
* Nearly half a
million lorry drivers pass through the East Midlands every day.
are over 441,000 goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in Britain (DFT, 2004).
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