Traffic Poles vs. Box Truck

February 2nd, 2007 by William

Have you ever come to a toll crossing or parking attendant’s booth and you don’t quite have the cash. Maybe the thought has crossed your mind to mash your foot to the floor and bust through the flimsy traffic gate. Well apparently people have done this a few times because someone felt the need to develop an even stronger traffic restraining device. The time of the crossing gate is coming to an end. There is a new parking lot enforcer in town and its name is the traffic pole.

I haven’t seen any of these brutal car stopping weapons in the US, but apparently they are taking Europe by storm. So what exactly is a parking pole you ask? Well as the name implies it is a pole, a large steel pole, which sits hidden in the ground until it is called upon to rise out of its hiding place and stop all vehicles dead in their tracks.

Here are a few instructional videos that show how these nifty devices work. They will also probably persuade you never to try and burst through one, unless you are a glutton for carnage.

We’ll start with the gentler video first:

And now the grand finale:

-Bill Mertz

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One Response to “Traffic Poles vs. Box Truck”

  1. Paul Says:

    I could see how these would be hard to see if they were lowered for the car in front of you. By the time they pass over it, they probably just look like little bumps.

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About William

I am a twenty something car enthusiast. I spend most of my days working in a small restoration shop in Northern California that specializes in vintage Alfa Romeos. I also manage to do some freelance writing for a handful of automotive publications. When I'm not at the shop I can usually be found working on one of my own project cars, out driving on a good windy road or good jeep trail. Despite what my girlfriend says cars aren't what defines me, they are only what I do. When I have a chance I also love to go camping, play sports or generally do any type of outdoor activity. I don't take myself to seriously, so I hope you don't either.

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