Interesting story about the police. Did not had any of this occasions. Once a driver left me at a traffic police post, and the police offers there even stopped a truck for me going my direction. Where is the city you've been located? In the Golan hights it obviously is not allowed to hitchhike, so the soldiers there forced me into a minibus as well when I was on my way back to Damascus. --Platschi 11:44, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
Where did you find the "standard form" you mentioned? "Northwards" and "North towards" mean drastically different in English. The initial hitch-out directions will usually be altered by chosen routings.