April 09, 2003
Seen On The Way To Toronto II
A lavender tanker truck with Ontario plates and three labels on the rear of the trailer:
- Top middle: "Clickner", presumably the name of the company.
- Top left: an arrow pointing to the left, and the words "Passing Side".
- Top right: an arrow pointing to the right, and the word "Suicide".
Canadian humor? (Sorry, I mean 'humour'.) The implied aggression sounds more stereotypically American to me.
Posted by Dr. Weevil at April 09, 2003 06:09 PM
These sorts of stickers have been common on trucks for decades, for the simple reason that passing a truck on the side away from the driver, where it is hard for him to see you, is not a Good Thing (tm). Because of the size of their turning radius, tractor trailer rigs need to make right turns from the left lane.
Best pair of stickers for this purpose read "Grateful" and "Dead".
The thing is that these weren't stickers: they were painted on as part of the color scheme of the whole trailer. So it wasn't (I assume) just the whim of one truckdriver with a twisted sense of humor, it was the decision of the management.
I can remember seeing the words painted on a few trucks in the 1960's (bumper stickers were not as common then).
The signs may seem a bit humorous, but have enough bite to get the attention and make the point.