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Action buses vs Speed Cameras?

By JessP 3 August 2010 38

Yesterday afternoon about 3.30pm heading from Woden up Yarra Glen towards the city when a Action bus (who shall remain nameless, OK a 315) came thru the roundabout and changed lane to go into the bus lane.

Situation normal so far.

I was travelling at 80km/h on cruise control and the bus passed me at a very reasonable pace.  At about this point we passed a roadside speed camera.

My question is… do Action Buses get picked up by speed cameras? More importantly, don’t Action Buses have to abide by the speed limits?? 

Appreciate advice!

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ex-vectis 8:07 am 17 Aug 10

I’m a fantastic driver with a fully calibrated digital speedometer that has an error margin of only 0.0001%. As i’m a much better driver than all the other other fools on the road who are either driving too fast, too slow or too far back from the vehicle in front of them, I am absolutely correct (in 20 years of driving I have never been wrong. In fact I have never been wrong about anything ever) to drive 3.5 Meters behind the idiot in from of me who is driving at 78Kmh when the limit is actually 80Kmh!

When I get to traffic lights and there is a vehicle in the left lane I move to the right lane so I can wheel spin away from lights to gain an extra 670mS, even though I need to turn left 150 Meters after the lights (well, the vehicle in the left lane is red and a stupid colour for in the summer and so must have a stupid driver in it who can just brake sharply when I cut in front of him to turn left). Why cant every drive like I do! The world would be such a better place.

dvaey 8:02 pm 05 Aug 10

Gobbo said :

How unusual. Doesn’t explain how the buses on the highway are more than capable of doing 100 in the signed 100 zone.

Are these buses on the highway ACTION buses? I didn’t no they had branched out.

‘Highway’ doesnt have to mean the Hume, we do have highways in Canberra that have buses running on them, Barton and Monaro come to mind, if you want to be pedantic and read into the ‘highway’ word instead of the ‘100 in the signed 100 zone’ bit, which obviously covers other roads such as the parkway.

scoot said :

People may be wondering, I know I am, about how you can easily check whether your speed is being reported properly by your car. If a GPS is possibly inaccurate, how does a person tell for sure?

Not saying its any more accurate, but along the road to Melbourne and back, theres a speed measuring device which displays your speed on a big sign above the road. I travelled through over the weekend, my GPS and the overhead sign both said 101 while my speedo was hovering just below 110. So, as others have said, GPS can be accurate in some settings, but short of putting your car onto a dyno-style machine that can measure accurately, you just have to hope its right and put your faith in the speed camera justice system if it turns out to be inaccurate.

buzz819 10:22 am 04 Aug 10

JessP said :

God bless you buzz819….

or is that bus 315??

Definitely not a bus driver or I’d be whinging about not getting paid enough money to sit on my arse all day…

JessP 10:07 am 04 Aug 10

God bless you buzz819….

or is that bus 315??

buzz819 10:00 am 04 Aug 10

JessP said :

Well I asked a question about a Action bus speeding and whether they get caught by speed cameras and ended up with a blog on the relative merits of cruise control and GPS units.

If I wanted this level of confusion I would have gone to work.

Yes they can get caught speeding.

JessP 9:55 am 04 Aug 10

Well I asked a question about a Action bus speeding and whether they get caught by speed cameras and ended up with a blog on the relative merits of cruise control and GPS units.

If I wanted this level of confusion I would have gone to work.

Thoroughly Smashed 9:33 am 04 Aug 10

James-T-Kirk said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

James-T-Kirk said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

All a speedometer really tells you is how fast the driven wheels are turning.

I disagree…. I know of a small red VW beetle that measures how fast the front left wheel spins, while it is the back wheels that are bring driven…

Oh dear. Is this the new beetle or the original? The former would surprise me a bit, the latter… not so much.

The new one is electronic – the old one (in the garage of my house) is definitely mechanical

That doesn’t actually answer the question. Not being a mechanic I can’t say this with any great authority, but every remotely modern car I’ve looked at gets its speed signal from the transmission, whether it’s electronic or mechanical.

screaming banshee 10:48 pm 03 Aug 10

Very Busy said :

All ACTION buses have speed limiters which limit their top speed to 85kmh.

Thoroughly Smashed said :

What Very Busy said above is correct, ACTION buses are limited to 85km/hr.

I call bullshit.

Anyone care to take a GPS on their bus trip and see what results you get.

I can’t do it myself because I wouldn’t be seen dead riding on a bus.

scoot 10:40 pm 03 Aug 10

Clown Killer said :

Troll-Sniffer, you’d imagine that what you say would be a fair appraisal and I’m not necessarily disagreeing with the reasoning. in my own experience over many years I’ve found that the majority of GPS units – including your hand held Garmin units will give an error between 2-4km/h and that’s in open country with high sat. counts. We’ve found that differential units linked to both satellites and the phone network give excellent accuracy but they’re an order of magnitude beyond the sort of product that finds it’s way onto people dashboards.

People may be wondering, I know I am, about how you can easily check whether your speed is being reported properly by your car. If a GPS is possibly inaccurate, how does a person tell for sure?

vg 9:33 pm 03 Aug 10

“My car is a 6 month old Golf and I am told the cruise control settings are spot on”

Who ‘told’ you? The salesman?

justin heywood 7:13 pm 03 Aug 10

James-T-Kirk said :

The new one is electronic – the old one (in the garage of my house) is definitely mechanical

You must be referring to the old ‘Galaxy’ class there Jim.

(nerd alert)

James-T-Kirk 5:01 pm 03 Aug 10

Thoroughly Smashed said :

James-T-Kirk said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

All a speedometer really tells you is how fast the driven wheels are turning.

I disagree…. I know of a small red VW beetle that measures how fast the front left wheel spins, while it is the back wheels that are bring driven…

Oh dear. Is this the new beetle or the original? The former would surprise me a bit, the latter… not so much.

The new one is electronic – the old one (in the garage of my house) is definitely mechanical

Clown Killer 3:52 pm 03 Aug 10

Troll-Sniffer, you’d imagine that what you say would be a fair appraisal and I’m not necessarily disagreeing with the reasoning. in my own experience over many years I’ve found that the majority of GPS units – including your hand held Garmin units will give an error between 2-4km/h and that’s in open country with high sat. counts. We’ve found that differential units linked to both satellites and the phone network give excellent accuracy but they’re an order of magnitude beyond the sort of product that finds it’s way onto people dashboards.

Thoroughly Smashed 3:48 pm 03 Aug 10

James-T-Kirk said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

All a speedometer really tells you is how fast the driven wheels are turning.

I disagree…. I know of a small red VW beetle that measures how fast the front left wheel spins, while it is the back wheels that are bring driven…

Oh dear. Is this the new beetle or the original? The former would surprise me a bit, the latter… not so much.

James-T-Kirk 3:42 pm 03 Aug 10

Thoroughly Smashed said :

buzz819 said :

georgesgenitals said :

If you drive onto wet grass, put your car in second gear, rev it to the redline then drop the clutch, you’ll find that your speedo will be reading 80km/h but you will hardly be moving.

I dunno about that…. Have you tried it?

All a speedometer really tells you is how fast the driven wheels are turning.

I disagree…. I know of a small red VW beetle that measures how fast the front left wheel spins, while it is the back wheels that are bring driven…

Thoroughly Smashed 3:35 pm 03 Aug 10

buzz819 said :

georgesgenitals said :

If you drive onto wet grass, put your car in second gear, rev it to the redline then drop the clutch, you’ll find that your speedo will be reading 80km/h but you will hardly be moving.

I dunno about that…. Have you tried it?

All a speedometer really tells you is how fast the driven wheels are turning.

georgesgenitals 3:14 pm 03 Aug 10

buzz819 said :

georgesgenitals said :

If you drive onto wet grass, put your car in second gear, rev it to the redline then drop the clutch, you’ll find that your speedo will be reading 80km/h but you will hardly be moving.

I dunno about that…. Have you tried it?

Yep. And yes.

James-T-Kirk 3:11 pm 03 Aug 10

la mente torbida said :

A couple of points….

using cruise control in traffic

Of course they were using cruise control – that way they don’t have to look up from their book that often while they are driving.

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