On 14 June 2013 I sent the ACT Chief Minister the following email:
Urgent action required! Danger to life and property in the Homeworld carpark
Some time ago the rows in the Homeworld carpark in Tuggeranong were changed from 2 way to 1 way. (I make this statement assuming that my interpretation of the evidence is correct. Prior to the change there were no markings on the bitumen and no signage. After the change there were arrows on the bitumen indicating one way only, and at one entrance/exit there was a sign erected indicating that users must turn left only into the main part of the carpark. To me there is no contradiction in these measures in this carpark. However, based on my extensive use of many other carparks in Canberra it is not uncommon for the bitumen/concrete markings and signage to be clearly contradictory. It is as if there is no ACT Government legislation or regulations governing such things. So my interpretation of the evidence may not be correct. However, for the purposes of this letter to you I am going to assume that it is.). I do not know why this was done as I have used this carpark for many years and it worked fine the way it was. Initially when the changes were made by the owners of the carpark, Mirvac, small white arrows pointing in one direction were painted on the bitumen in the middle of each row. For me this was sufficient to communicate the new situation. However, due to the epidemic of stupidity and disrespect that has swept the Australian community over the last couple of decades or so, this made no difference to the behaviour of a large proportion of the users of the carpark who continued to travel in both directions.
Then, just recently, a second sign has been erected at the same entrance/exit indicating that users must turn left only into the main part of the carpark. As was to be expected, this small change has not made any difference to the carpark user’s behaviour.
Based on many months of observation, I estimate that at least 50% of the carpark users travel the wrong way along the one way rows. This represents a very large number of drivers travelling the wrong way along our streets.
This is an urgent issue as, clearly, large numbers of drivers travelling the wrong way along our streets presents a serious danger to life and property.
I request that the ACT Government take urgent effective action to remedy this extremely dangerous situation.
To date, almost 1 month later, I have not received a reply. Apparently the ACT Chief Minister is unconcerned by mass dangerous driving on ACT roads that endangers life and property .
Of course this is only to be expected given the generally appalling management of the usage of ACT roads exercised by the ACT government.