A75 lor­ries clip sparks con­cern

Politi­cians hit out over by­pass block footage

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Stu­art Gille­spie

Shock­ing dash­cam footage cap­tured three lor­ries abreast on the A75.

The film of a trucker try­ing to over­take two other HGVs on the Gate­house by­pass has gone vi­ral af­ter be­ing shared on Face­book.

And it has led to re­newed calls for the road – dubbed “the long­est goat track in Europe” – to be up­graded.

South of Scot­land MSP Emma Harper said: “It is shock­ing to see footage of lorry driv­ers at­tempt­ing th­ese types of ma­noeu­vres, par­tic­u­larly when it’s dark, rain­ing and they’re trav­el­ling up­hill.

“The driv­ing in the video is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and I have writ­ten to Po­lice Scot­land to make sure they are aware of this record­ing and that ac­tion can be taken against the cul­prits.

“While the driv­ing is in­ex­cus­able, the video does high­light the need for in­vest­ment in the re­gion’s trans­port in­fra­struc­ture to make our roads safer.

“I in­tend to share this video with the Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Trans­port, as it backs up what many con­stituents tell me.”

South of Scot­land MSP Colin Smyth, Labour’s trans­port spokesman, added: “Th­ese scenes are shock­ing. It is just luck that no one was se­ri­ously in­jured or killed.

“There is no doubt that the lack of safe over­tak­ing places is a ma­jor prob­lem on the A75 and one of the ma­jor causes of frus­tra­tion although that does not jus­tify dan­ger­ous driv­ing in any way.”

There was cross-party sup­port for in­vest­ment in the A75 dur­ing a de­bate at Holy­rood on Tues­day with Ms Harper and Mr Smyth’s calls be­ing backed by MSPs Joan McAlpine and Fin­lay Car­son.

The video was shared on so­cial me­dia by the Dual the A75 ac­tion group over the week­end.

A group spokesman said: “This shows HGV driv­ers are not im­mune to frus­tra­tions or reck­less ac­tions. One chooses to take to the on­com­ing lane for the en­tire length of the by­pass and an­other over­takes around the chevrons at the blind sum­mit of the hill.

“Were this dual car­riage­way, a cen­tral reser­va­tion would pre­vent this and the driv­ers would not have gone 20 miles with­out an over­tak­ing op­por­tu­nity.”

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