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German to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering / Haulage company
German term or phrase:Tank- und Rastbetriebe
Tank- und Rastbetriebe
Tankestellen und Rasbetriebe
Tank- und Nutzfahrzeugzentrum
I am fed up with these trucks - they are driving over and destroying my brain (or what is left of it) right now! This is from a text about heavy good vehicles - road haulage etc.
Am I right in thinking that Tank- und Rastbetriebe are Petrol stations and service areas and that
Tankestellen und Rastbetriebe would be the same thing?
Tank- und Nutzfahrzeugzentrum would be Petrol station and goods vehicle centre and that Service-Zentrum is service centre. I wonder if it it wouldn't be better to say Re-fuelling stations or Filling stations since HGVs don't run on petrol (as far as I know!). Or could I just say truck stops for Tankestelle und Rastbetriebe? Can anyone help sort out this mess? Thanks in advance. Sheila
Explanation: IMO, "truck stop" pretty much covers it.
At a Tank- and Rastbetrieb, the driver refuels (rediesels is not a legit word, I suppose) his truck and eats, relaxes and enjoys any other service facilities the Rastbetrieb might offer. In short, exactly the same activities as associated with a truck stop.
A Tankbetrieb (or Tankstelle) is not the same as a Tank- and Rastbetrieb since it lacks service aspects such as restaurant, parking, etc.
Explanation: I gave a lengthy opinion on this subject in your next question. Here all I would add to the discussion is that, depending on your context, some distinctions might be required. For example, in Canada and the US we also have "card-lock" fuel stops, which are essentially self-serve fuelling stations that do not have on-site attendants. The only thing available is fuel, and the driver pays by punching in a code for a pre-arranged account. Admittedly, I don't know for sure if they have these in Germany, but perhaps they do.