Ntp 18 June 2007 33

Last week a new Canberra web site,, started with the aim to:

…to hold Canberra drivers accountable for their actions in an effort to better the quality of Canberra’s driving standards.

It’s off to a slow start with only a few vehicles added to date (I see more incidents than currently listed on my drive to work) but it’s an interesting outlet for other drivers who get pissed off at someone driving with their head up an orifice and don’t want to or can’t be bothered calling the cops to report someone talking on their phone, etc.

As usual Samuel Gordon Stewart was all over it before it even launched and his views and the start of an interesting discussion can be found here.

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ant ant 9:59 pm 22 Jun 07

Imagine Canberra policing doing that! Hah. Some hope. I guess country cops really had to maintain relations with their local communities, and so had to use their judgement as to when to act, and how.

Someone on (newsgroup) was saying today that the ACT gov’t has started doing ads about tailgating. Like that’ll change anything.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 12:32 pm 22 Jun 07

Don’t get me wrong Ant, the cops went through the whole due dilligence thing while I filled out the forms. He asked me when I got my Learners permit, confirmed that he’d seen me driving around the district a few times (pointed out that as a Learner permit holder I was technically supposed to have someone else in the car with me), he asked me if I’d had a prng since getting my Learners and the one I loved most – he asked how I got to the test that day, I told him I’d driven and he said, ‘well then, you’re right to go’ and gave me my probationary license.

Thumper Thumper 12:22 pm 22 Jun 07

I should report the DILDO in a blue Commodore Ute who flicked his cigarette out of the window at roughly 1915 on Wednesday night travelling north on Northbourne (north bourne on Northbourne?) near Dickson.

You are a tool.

ant ant 11:29 am 22 Jun 07

Yeah, I can’t see that the rural driving test was deficient! The cop could tell if you could drive or not in that trip. You either can, or can’t. It’s fair enough.

I wish they’d introduce an element of skidding into driving tests. Either on wet, or gravel. Just to ensure that new drivers have learned how to handle this situation.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 3:20 pm 21 Jun 07

You’re probably right. I sat my drivers test just the once, over twenty years ago in rural Victoria. Those were the rules back then.

I remember the driving test too. It was at the cop-shop and we drove down the road to the shops, I parallel parked out the front of a take-away, the cop who was my examiner, ducked inside to get a box of pre-ordered sandwiches and drinks, and we drove back to the station to fill out the paperwork for my license … those were the days.

ant ant 3:03 pm 21 Jun 07

I can’t copy and paste the Australian road rules as they’re a pdf.
However, part 11, Divison 2, rules 129 and 130.

Driver must keep to the left, unless on a multi-lane or 2 lane road. This rule also applies on multi/2 lanes roads where the speed limit is above 80 km/hr, or there is a Keep Left Unless Overtaking sign.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 1:40 pm 21 Jun 07

But Ant, you’re still obliged by law to drive as far to the left as practicable (note that’s not ‘practical’ but practicable, which means as far left as physically possible). Unless you are about to turn right in the next 100m you should be in the left hand lane – keeping out of the way of the busy people.

ant ant 11:01 am 21 Jun 07

It was in the bit coming through campbell, when there was only one lane. And it’s 60 there. And in those days, the cops used to use that area to get a few easy speeding fines.

By the way, Mr Berlina, right lanes are NOT overtaking lanes where the speed limit is below 80 km/hr. Most Canberrans don’t know that.

So on Limestone, the left and the right lanes are transit and turning lanes, not overtaking lanes.

el el 9:48 pm 20 Jun 07
VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 3:18 pm 20 Jun 07

Ant – were you in the left or right lane?

ant ant 9:26 am 20 Jun 07

I did report a taxi once (their numbers are veyr easy to remember). It was on Limestone, around the war memorial, where police sometimes actually do lurk (probably from Qbn, practising, as Canberra doesn’t have police any more). I was doing the limit 60 (and it’s 60 all the way to the RMC gun gates, btw) and he was dodging around behind me, flashing his lights and blasting his horn, crazy stuff. When he passed me, he was looking at me mouthing abuse. so I wrote to aerial, AND got a reply.

(and yes, I gave them the plate AND the time, location etc, as lots of drivers use the same cabs). Mind you, a lot of Canberra drivers drive like this. I wonder what’s wrong with them?

shiny flu shiny flu 6:26 pm 19 Jun 07

If only I could report TX – XXX… ie all freakin Taxi Drivers for well, being the worst drivers out there… too fast, too slow, in considerate, greedy… el bastardos!

FB FB 11:04 am 19 Jun 07

Ah yes Kane Bond. I believe I may be partially responsible for his *ahem* leaving 2CC.

Thank You, Thank You, Hold your applause please I was only doing what anyone else would have done!

The funny thing is that as far as I’m aware Kane does not hold a licence nor know how to drive.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 9:07 am 19 Jun 07

I just a look at the site, and it seems to me that many of the listed ‘issues’ would be resolved by having greater marked police presence on the roads.

Thumper Thumper 9:01 am 19 Jun 07

And I note that Sammy has taken up the fight against abandoned post it notes.

We can sleep safely in our beds at night…

Thumper Thumper 8:16 am 19 Jun 07

Ah… Kane Bond and SGS….

There’s a link for you..

Having said that, I can see such a site open to massive abuse as it basically says you are guilty before being able to prove your innocence.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 7:25 am 19 Jun 07

Stuff the website. I just ram ’em.

tybreaker tybreaker 7:11 am 19 Jun 07

The web form allows for uploading a photo – wonder how dangerous that is to attempt while driving?

Hmmm, wonder if I can upoad my number plate and say “Driver too sexy?” Is there a moderator that vetts the entries?

Ruby Wednesday Ruby Wednesday 6:10 am 19 Jun 07

Or call the number listed on the website while driving!

bighead bighead 12:05 am 19 Jun 07

‘Wouldn’t it be dangerous to try to find pen and paper to write down the licence plate number whilst tailgating…’

Who does that, that would be stupid. They all send a text message to their partner. Much safer.

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