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Motorists Motoring Policies

By johnboy - 12 September 2012 47

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The Motorists have unleashed ten separate motoring and transport policies.

Let’s get through them then.

    1. Roads and alternative transport

    The Motorist Party recognises the automobile: car, truck, four wheel drive, bus or motorcycle, as the primary mode of transport as it is the most convenient method for ACT residents.

    2. Public transport

    The Motorist Party recognises the need for an effective Transport System to service the Canberra community.
    Given that even though over 90% of citizens presently use cars as their transport, we believe that an effective Public Transport System must exist.

    3. Speed limits, enforcement and penalties

    Currently, fixed speed cameras are responsible for raising large amounts of revenue but they only tend to slow motorists down for 50 metres before it is apparent they speed up again, effectively having little or no positive effect on road safety.

    4. Parking

    The Motorist Party is well aware of things, which are of greatest concern to Canberra motorists and parking is high on their list. The community feels that existing parking spaces are disappearing and that nothing is being created as a replacement, let alone increasing spaces.

    5. Fuel prices and competition

    The Motorist Party have concerns regarding the domination of the fuel market in the ACT by Woolworths and Coles operated service stations. Our current situation sees Woolworths and Coles holding around a 70% slice of our local fuel market.Taking into account the lack of competition in our fuel market we would continue to eliminate Woolworths and Coles from bidding on all fuel retail sites sold in the ACT in the future.

    6. Driver licences

    Licence holders who lose their licence through disqualification or non-payment of fines will have to undertake a full licence test to regain their licence. The Motorist Party want to enforce the point that if you drive badly enough to lose your licence a revisit of the rules is necessary. This would also help to lower the level of unpaid fines, which is an on-going problem.

    7. Motor sport

    It is the goal of the Motorist Party to build a motor sport and driver training centre. It will contain a state of the art driver training facility, which will include driving simulators, skid pan and a road skills driver training area free from other motorists. All drivers being issued L plates would be required to do a short training session and minor car control test before being issued with a learner permit.

    8. Recreational motorcycles and 4WD

    The Motorist Party will strongly advocate for the introduction of a restricted registration system for recreational motorcycles, similar to that, which is available in Victoria.

    The Motorist Party will work with Government, industry and community groups to promote and enhance the enjoyment and objectives of four wheel drive enthusiasts.

    9. Cyclists

    The Motorist Party acknowledges the environmental, social and health benefits of commuter and recreational cycling.

    The Motorist Party will support cost effective and sustainable cycling initiatives, which can demonstrate proven benefits to the majority of the ACT community.

    10. Compulsory third party insurance

    The Motorist Party aim to establish the best possible situation for ACT drivers.

    And on top of that:

    — Even though over 90% of Canberrans drive a car, 4WD, truck or bus, people will not stop using the comfort and convenience of their car and change to buses until there is an effective route system and the buses run on time.

    — The Motorist Party propose using the latest Information Technology so that the Community, through their mobile phones, can download the bus route systems and frequency and also show when the next bus will arrive in their location.

    — The Motorist Party propose that Government buses be free to ride during restricted hours, 5 days a week for a trial period of 6 months.

    — The Motorist Party will support the thorough examination of a Mass Transit System, provided that the Community supports it and the Government can afford it.

    — Whilst ever cars are Canberrans favoured mode of transport, adequate parking is essential, especially near places of work, shopping centres and housing developments.

    — We do not support small housing blocks and skinny streets where parking is a problem along with the difficulties this causes with traffic flow.

    — Parking in the Parliamentary Triangle (PT) for Public Servants, Visitors and Tourists must be improved. We will support the building of a multi-level parking complex, outside the PT, supported by a mini-bus service ferrying passengers in and out of the PT.

What’s Your opinion?


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47 Responses to
Motorists Motoring Policies
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pink little birdie 2:06 pm
12 Sep 12
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“All drivers being issued L plates would be required to do a short training session and minor car control test before being issued with a learner permit.”

if a person hasn’t driven before at all how are they meant to pass a vehicle control course before getting their L’s? Maybe a component of the logbook/test.

I don’t know about everyone else but my first driving lessons/practice were in empty carparks learning how to steer and change gears.

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p1 2:10 pm
12 Sep 12
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caf said :

This is putting the cart before the horse. You can’t legally operate a vehicle on a road or road-related area until you have your learners permit – so how would non-drivers ever get a chance to develop the skills to pass the “car control test” in the first place?

Presumably at the course. It works for motorcycle “L” platers.

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p1 2:14 pm
12 Sep 12
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johnboy said :

Well in theory a strong lead candidate could be picking up second preference votes from non-motorist voting punters.

The way the second or third on the ticket from the major parties pick up enough preferences to get over the line? (serious question, I don’t understand the system that well – probably because I only think about it each election, and have forgotten by the next).

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pink little birdie 2:17 pm
12 Sep 12
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p1 said :

caf said :

This is putting the cart before the horse. You can’t legally operate a vehicle on a road or road-related area until you have your learners permit – so how would non-drivers ever get a chance to develop the skills to pass the “car control test” in the first place?

Presumably at the course. It works for motorcycle “L” platers.

Motocycle L drivers don’t have an experienced driver with them on the road with them. Aren’t the motocycle courses a full day on top of the Road ready course? Do Motocyclists have the “P off” course as well?

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p1 2:34 pm
12 Sep 12
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pink little birdie said :

Motocycle L drivers don’t have an experienced driver with them on the road with them. Aren’t the motocycle courses a full day on top of the Road ready course? Do Motocyclists have the “P off” course as well?

I’m not saying it is necessary, just that it could work the same way. I drove in car parks, new suburbs and the like before my parents would let me out on the road too.

I haven’t seen stats, but I’m pretty sure new learners (in, say, their first five hours behind the wheel) are not over represented in accidents. I don’t know why they would propose this policy.

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Keijidosha 2:47 pm
12 Sep 12
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I’m disappointed at the lack of policy to build “The school for kids who can’t drive good and want to do other stuff good too.”

Jokes aside, if they want to be taken seriously they should at least get someone with more than a 5th grade education to write their policies/press releases.

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Truthiness 3:30 pm
12 Sep 12
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No mention of their policy on “yellow necks”, do they hate rubber necks and bottle necks too? Or are they just unwilling to stick their red necks out?

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EvanJames 4:38 pm
12 Sep 12
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11. NO POOFS

They forgot that one.

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p1 5:19 pm
12 Sep 12
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Truthiness said :

No mention of their policy on “yellow necks”, do they hate rubber necks and bottle necks too? Or are they just unwilling to stick their red necks out?

I suspect they support long necks.

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Pork Hunt 7:29 pm
12 Sep 12
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EvanJames said :

11. NO POOFS

They forgot that one.

What is their policy on trannies ( or diffs for that matter)…?

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Mr Evil 9:17 pm
12 Sep 12
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I was hoping that there’d be a policy on deporting all cyclists to NSW, or some other sort of ‘final’ solution.

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OpenYourMind 9:44 pm
12 Sep 12
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Apologies for talking about self driving cars again, but it’s amusing that self driving, coupled with vehicle to vehicle communications will negate the majority of those policies in one way or another.

Recently IEEE chimed in with a prediction of self driving cars making up 75% of all cars by 2040.
http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/autosblogpost.aspx?post=fd1dd24a-7eea-4a00-8a97-dd7c3aab7a1c

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thy_dungeonman 10:42 am
13 Sep 12
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KB1971 said :

I am actually surprised to see that cyclists are mentioned, I was expecting to be treated as the antichrist.

I like some of the stuff but it is all really small picture stuff in the sense of a community. Not likely to capture many votes.

I wonder who their preferences go to?

“The Motorist Party will support cost effective and sustainable cycling initiatives, which can demonstrate proven benefits to the majority of the ACT community”

Red between the lines here:
The motorist party won’t support cycling because it costs a lot and and we hate having to keep spending money on cycle paths that need repairing a lot less often than roads. We will spend money on cycle lanes maybe because they are on the road and we will only spend money on the road. We have enough cycle paths anyway they are not even full of bikes yet, Canberra is too sparse and not flat enough, quality infrastructure is pointless, get in a car.

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thy_dungeonman 10:44 am
13 Sep 12
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OpenYourMind said :

Apologies for talking about self driving cars again, but it’s amusing that self driving, coupled with vehicle to vehicle communications will negate the majority of those policies in one way or another.

Recently IEEE chimed in with a prediction of self driving cars making up 75% of all cars by 2040.
http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/autosblogpost.aspx?post=fd1dd24a-7eea-4a00-8a97-dd7c3aab7a1c

Why does everyone keep banging on about self driving cars as some magic solution? Just because a car drives itself doesn’t mean it takes up any less space on the road. Besides a prediction is still a long way off from actual cars on the road, none of which are yet present, and it will still take a while for them to become commonly used and available. Even 2040 is still a long way especially for local governments to plan.

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Truthiness 11:14 am
13 Sep 12
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Driverless cars are not fiction, Google has been running them on actual roads for hundreds of thousands of kilometers. We could roll a fleet out in under a decade.

The reason driverless cars are such a good public transport system is that they essentially function as super cheap taxis. Instead of every person needing their own car, which spends 90% of its time in parking, you just book a car when you need it.

It means you don’t have busses running empty routes wasting petrol and driver time, you don’t have to sit with strangers and you can go direct from A to B. It also uses existing infrastructure unlike light rail.

A fleet of driverless taxis would be a great fit for Canberra, all the comfort, speed and convenience of taxis, for a fraction of the price.

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