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January 14, 2005 12:24 AM

Broken: Permitted trucks sign

Permitted_trucksRoy Pittman sends in this bizarre sign from near the Tennessee state line.


ahh.. now we have a paradox, if they arent allowed then theyre permitted, and vice versa.

Posted by: Dragon at January 14, 2005 12:56 AM

I'm suddenly reminded of 'All your Base are belong to Us' for some reason.

Posted by: Faye at January 14, 2005 01:15 AM

"Someone set up us the bomb!" heh... dunno why that reminds you... but in a sense, just to be a bit more logical, this sign says that all trucks are and are not allowed, so you're ok as long as the cops dont catch you.

Posted by: Dragon at January 14, 2005 01:48 AM

So if your truck is not permitted - you're OK - just as long as you don't exceed the 35MPH speed limit! ! Sounds right to me! !

Posted by: Al Tracy at January 14, 2005 02:16 AM

I have a truck and it doesn't have a permit. I wanna go there!

Posted by: Tim at January 14, 2005 07:34 AM

Permitted truck = a truck with a special permit (overweight, over length, over height)

Non-permitted truck = within federal guidelines of weight, length, and height

Sign says if you have a special permit, you are not allowed due to physical limitations of the roadway. I don't think it's broken, just not worded so non-truck drivers can understand. Truckers know what's being siad here.

Posted by: Cary at January 14, 2005 08:45 AM

if the truck speed limit is 35 what about everyone else?

do we get to drive at whatever speed we want?

Posted by: Carl Winslow at January 14, 2005 11:34 AM

oh and anyone wonder why that one sign is on there backwards?

it doesnt really make sense to have a sign for the other direction of traffic on that side of the road.

Posted by: Carl Winslow at January 14, 2005 11:35 AM

The backwards sign probably says "End Project" so they didn't have to erect another set of posts.

Posted by: Rob at January 14, 2005 11:47 AM

"As I was walking.I saw a sign there, and on that sign it said PRIVATE PROPERTY. But on the other side, it didn't say nothing. That's the side for you and me..."

Posted by: Richard at January 14, 2005 07:16 PM

If permitted trucks means overweight, -lenght, -width, etc, why didn't they just say "No trucks requiring permits allowed." It may be 7 letters longer but it's 70 times as clear.

Posted by: Brian at January 15, 2005 06:22 PM

Notice the steep grate sign behind the "confusing" sign.

Posted by: Jeff at January 16, 2005 03:19 PM

Rats - I was going to send that photo in myself. I live near that sign and thought of this web site last time I passed it.

It is on the way to the Cumberland Pass where there is a long tunnel. Trucks that require permits, such as trucks carrying explosives or oil or chemicals, are not allowed to proceed.

Posted by: J. Scott at January 20, 2005 04:16 AM

Oh and the "Project" referred to in the other sign is a dynamitting operation where they are straightening the road.

Posted by: J. Scott at January 20, 2005 04:18 AM

It's not broken - the sign is clearly speaking the intended user's language, within their context of use.

Posted by: Marc at January 20, 2005 02:47 PM

Well, it may be speaking the "intended user's language," but it leaves others wondering whether it applies to them.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 20, 2005 08:47 PM

I think that by the time anyone understands what the sign means, they will be 10 miles down the road.

Posted by: BOB at January 30, 2005 02:31 AM

The people who speak of the cofusion of this sign are the people the sign doesn't apply to. CDL drivers know exactly what that sign means. Oh, by the way, CDL means Commercial Drivers License for the people out ther that don't need to know that.

Posted by: Trenticon at February 7, 2005 07:39 PM

It's possible the reversed sign is the one telling truckers who have lost control that they can veer off here onto one of those stop-ramps they have all over the place down there...

It's basically like a ski jump for trucks, only they are designed to be steep enough that a truck with no brakes coming down the hill can veer off and not actually jump off the ramp.

Kinda hard to describe in text, actually...

Anyway, if'n a truck is so out of control as to need that ski jump, I reckon it might be on the wrong side of the highway too. :-)

I have to agree this ain't broken.

If you drive a truck, you KNOW if it's a "Permitted" truck or not. If not, it ain't a truck at all, so you don't read that sign much.

Posted by: Richard Lynch at February 8, 2005 06:48 PM

This sign and the comments remind me of a confusing road sign near where I live. There is a road with a 4-way stop, and under the sign before the intersection that advises drivers there is a stop ahead, there is a small white square sign that says "No Jake Brakes."

I heard many of my friends and relatives puzzling over what is a "Jake Brake" and were they possibly violating that sign without knowing?

Finally I found out the explanation:

"Jake Brakes" is trucker shorthand for "Jacobson Brakes" which is some sort of engine braking mechanism that makes an ungodly amount of noise. And since this stop sign is at a crossroads where there are several residences, it would be very disruptive to have a truck driver using his "Jake brakes" at that stop sign in the middle of the night, or while junior is trying to do homework, or...

It would have been nice if they had made it so us ordinary uninitiated folks could know whether the sign applied to us, since it said nothing about trucks on the sign itself.

Posted by: Kathryn at May 21, 2005 03:43 PM

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