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I know you like Christmas @DaveR. but....

From the BBC:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-46454654

A giant Christmas tree being transported on top of a van on a dual carriageway has left police lost fir words.
The image was taken by one of Devon and Cornwall Police's speed camera vans on the A38 on Saturday.
PC Jane Bickley shared the "shocking" image on Twitter as a warning to other drivers travelling with large loads.
"We all know it's a hectic time of year but please consider the suitability of your vehicle," she said.
Officers said the van was spotted on the Plymouth-bound carriageway between Deep Lane junction and Marsh Mills at about 13:20 GMT on Saturday.
 

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Driver Caught With Huge Christmas Tree Loaded on Top of Van, Cops Aren’t Amused



Shocking image spotted on the A38 by one of our speed camera vans over the weekend. We all know it’s a hectic time of year in the run up to Christmas...but please consider the suitability of your vehicle if transporting such a large load



If you have a big house, you must buy a Christmas tree to suit it. By that reasoning, this British driver must live in a palace, because he just bought – and illegally transported – a huge tree.

On a more serious note, a driver got caught in Plymouth, UK, carrying the huge Christmas tree on top of his van, where it perched precariously because it was wider and longer than the vehicle. Police Constable Jane Bickley took to social media to post the photo of the loaded van, along with a warning to other motorists not to follow this driver’s example.

“Shocking image spotted on the A38 by one of our speed camera vans over the weekend,” Bickley writes. “We all know it’s a hectic time of year in the run up to Christmas… but please consider the suitability of your vehicle if transporting such a large load.”

As you can imagine, commenters have been having a blast with the photo. Some commend the driver for pinning a hi-vis vest to the tree, even if it’s dragging on the road because the tree isn’t secured properly. Others joke about the size of his house and compete in coming up with tree-related puns.

Joking online is one thing, but pulling a stunt like this can turn very dangerous on the road. Overloading a vehicle slows response time for the car and can lead to injury to its driver or other motorists.

As many commenters note in this case too, carrying a Christmas tree on top of your car is legal as long as it’s not bigger than your vehicle. The driver of this van seems oblivious to the fact that its rear lights are completely obscured, which means no other driver traveling behind him can guess his next move. Then, there’s the issue of the weight of the tree, which puts extra pressure on the tires, impairing braking and stopping distances.
 
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