As many as 60% of those surveyed don’t think that large lorries are well enough equipped for winter conditions on Norwegian roads, according to a Norwegian Automobile Federation (Norges Automobil-Forbund – NAF) survey.
41% of respondents said they have little confidence in the fact that lorries are adequately equipped to handle winter road conditions, and 19% stated that they have very little confidence, the NAF wrote in a press release.
Confidence is lower among women than men and lowest in Northern Norway. In total, only 16% of the respondents answered that they have confidence or very high confidence in the fact that lorries are adequately equipped.
“Lorries make everyday travel more unsafe for many people. Last weekend, a lorry was stopped with summer tires on a winter road,” communications manager Camilla Ryste in the NAF warned.
NAF: More inspections needed
The association wants more inspections of heavy vehicles by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. In 2021, 79,856 such vehicles were inspected, and over 23,000 of them were banned from driving until the driver had rectified faults and deficiencies.
“The vast majority of faults are fortunately things that can be corrected on the spot by the driver. But this also shows that the controls are important and necessary,” Ryste said.
The survey was conducted in September 2021 by Norstat on behalf of the NAF. In total, it covered 1,000 respondents – 502 men and 498 women.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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