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ACTION Bus sees only green

By Barcham - 24 July 2013 33

We just got sent in some footage of a naughty bus driver from Rioter Chas:

The Bus Driver likes to entertain us with clips of car drivers and bike riders doing the wrong thing. Here’s one where the accelerator shoe is on the other foot.

The scene opens with traffic heading west out of Luxton St Belconnen, either proceeding down Southern Cross Drive or turning north into Coulter Drive. My vehicle (indicated) was waiting at the lights intending to continue north.

The traffic thins as (one assumes) the lights change on Luxton Street.

The lights for Coulter Drive go green.

And then an ACTION bus thunders through, presumably against a rock solid red light.

Lucky thing nobody planted the accelerator as soon as the light went green.

tsk tsk

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33 Responses to
ACTION Bus sees only green
mouldy 11:59 am 25 Jul 13

Buses should have to be registered and display number plates. That would stop this type of behaviour.

Hang on…

Madam Cholet 10:51 am 25 Jul 13

I get on buses a number of times a week that run red lights. Not to this extent, but I would say that mostly, the bus driver could be more prepared to stop instead of maintaining their speed with no intention of stopping.

If the powers that be are reading then they need to take note, instead of the usual ‘please submit a complaint formally through our website’ – which is what you get if you tweet an ‘incident’. If that’s not enough then they obviously don’t care.

Holden Caulfield 9:31 am 25 Jul 13

Wowsers, luck Chas didn’t shoot off in a TLGP or else that could have been nasty!

KB1971 9:27 am 25 Jul 13

Objective said :

As much as the bus driver is in the wrong, I have to wonder about the mental state of individuals who go to the effort of installing on-board cams. It takes a special type of person to record, upload, and whinge about every infraction they observe.

Some places exist where on-board cams are entirely justifiable, e.g. Russia. But Canberra? Questionable.

Yep, I wis I had one for the idiot in the yellow Datsun 1200 ute who chopped me up on a corner while riding my bike in Campbell yesterday.

Couldnt wait the 10 seconds for me to negotiate the corner, luckily I was turning otherwise I would have hit the side of him. They then had a go at me for not signalling my intentions, IT WAS TRYING TO NOT RUN INTO YOU!!!!!!

He got a gobful for his actions.

SheepGroper 9:14 am 25 Jul 13

Objective said :

As much as the bus driver is in the wrong, I have to wonder about the mental state of individuals who go to the effort of installing on-board cams.

I got myself one after too many near misses, plus sights like the hairy guy on the mobility scooter causing a traffic snarl at the Woden roundabout when he decided to putt putt across the path of cars entering it in peak hour causing a lot of people to test their brakes and observational skills. If someone wipes me out I’ll have an objective record of it. If someone does something really stupid within sight of the camera it shall be shared at work for the amusement of others. The really striking stuff shall be Tubed for the amusement of the general public.

Are you worried you’ll be filmed by people concerned by your driving?

RadioVK 8:59 am 25 Jul 13

Has this footage been passed on to ACTION? I’m sure they’d be interested in seeing it, or at least they should be if they care at all about public safety.

Given that you can identify the exact time and place, and possibly the bus number, it shouldn’t be too difficult to identify the driver responsible and hold him or her to account. And they should be held to account. A driver whose job is to drive such a large vehicle, loaded with paying members of the public no less, should be expected to set a much higher standard for driving than this.

bundah 8:47 am 25 Jul 13

This is exactly the type of thing I see EVERYDAY without fail.What farking pisses me off is that the muppets in power starting with Corbell and filtering down to police are not prepared to adopt high visibility policing.

Apparently costs too much money and isn’t worthwhile FFS!

magiccar9 8:26 am 25 Jul 13

Objective said :

As much as the bus driver is in the wrong, I have to wonder about the mental state of individuals who go to the effort of installing on-board cams. It takes a special type of person to record, upload, and whinge about every infraction they observe.

Some places exist where on-board cams are entirely justifiable, e.g. Russia. But Canberra? Questionable.

I think Canberra is an essential place. Within the space of a few weeks I had buses nearly collect me several times – prompting me to get one. I’m all too sick of people thinking its the mist difficult task in the universe to drive a car. Casing point, the absolute moron in a red camry this morning on Adelaide Av who – for no apparent reason – decided to emergency brake from 80 to 60 then carry on again. This happened 3 times in about 1km of road. Had someone hit her I would have been happy to provide the footage from my cam.
So no it doesn’t take a special type of individual, just one who is sick of Canberra drivers.

c_c™ 9:06 pm 24 Jul 13

I see ACTION drivers go through reds quite often, one of these days there’s going to be an inquest no doubt, I just hope it’s not for anyone I know. Idiots.

miz 8:41 pm 24 Jul 13

Dear Bus Driver, slightly off topic, has there been an ‘economy drive’ this year ordering drivers not to put the heaters on (or not warm enough) in the buses? Almost every bus this winter (old and new, including articulated buses and the newish ones with vomitesque patterned seats) have not been heated sufficiently for passenger comfort.
Please advise.

TheBusDriver 7:01 pm 24 Jul 13

Ohh, that would have made a mess of some one not paying attention. That wasn’t me though. I always slow down as I approach lights, just in case they do change. Besides, I have never driven through that intersection.
Good thing you were on the ball. Out of curiosity, what model dash cam do you hqave?

Objective 6:32 pm 24 Jul 13

As much as the bus driver is in the wrong, I have to wonder about the mental state of individuals who go to the effort of installing on-board cams. It takes a special type of person to record, upload, and whinge about every infraction they observe.

Some places exist where on-board cams are entirely justifiable, e.g. Russia. But Canberra? Questionable.

grump 6:22 pm 24 Jul 13

seen buses do that there several times,turning right off Southern Cross south onto Coulter,and as per this one. Saw 3 blatant red light runs today going into civic,the last with green for my traffic stream when 3 cars made the run!

magiccar9 5:58 pm 24 Jul 13

Wow! There’s a difference between squeezing through an orange light and this sort or blatant ignorance. From the speed he was doing its clear no attempt was made to reach for the brakes.
Its my opinion that ACTION drivers really need to wake up and realise the weapon they’re driving and behave accordingly. I’ve had far to many near misses with them to believe their pleas for more respect from the rest of us.

bigred 5:50 pm 24 Jul 13

Very timely. I caught an Action bus at lunch time today. I captured the stats below while it was going down the Adelaide Ave bus lanes. While I was only using an android GPS app, the numbers are consistent with the quality of the ride. And I await the first comment that I was not using a scientific instrument. Why did I post this? Because I know Shane or his office staff read this forum.

Total distance: 1.93 km (1.2 mi)
Total time: 01:23
Moving time: 01:23
Average speed: 83.30 km/h (51.8 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 83.88 km/h (52.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 87.32 km/h (54.3 mi/h)
Average pace: 0.72 min/km (1.2 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 0.72 min/km (1.2 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 0.69 min/km (1.1 min/mi)
Max elevation: 612 m (2008 ft)
Min elevation: 590 m (1936 ft)
Elevation gain: 0 m (0 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: -3 %
Recorded: 24/07/2013 12:06PM

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