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Driver suspended after light rail vehicle runs red light

By Lachlan Roberts 13 March 2019 62

A Canberra Metro spokesperson said the light rail vehicle ran a red light. File photo.

A driver of a light rail vehicle has been suspended after he ran a red light and narrowly missed a car over the weekend.

Around 8:30 am last Saturday (9 March), dash cam footage from a car travelling on Randwick Road towards the T-intersection on Flemington Road, Mitchell, showed the tram almost colliding with the car after running a red light.

A Canberra Metro spokesperson confirmed the light rail vehicle drove through a red T-light on Flemington Road and a review of the CCTV footage from the vehicle has confirmed it was the driver’s error.

The driver has been suspended from driving duties while a full investigation takes place.

“Safety of the public and our staff is Canberra Metro’s highest priority and we regret that on this occasion this founding principle of the Canberra light rail project has not been upheld,” the spokesperson said.

“Following the rules of the road is the key to staying safe around light rail and this applies as much to ourselves as it does other road users.

“As the investigation is still underway, we are unable to provide further information at this stage.”

be careful guys when u drive around the light rail. He didn’t stop on red light??

Posted by Khawar Jadoon on Saturday, 9 March 2019

The near-miss occurred less than 40 minutes after a man was hit by a light rail vehicle at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Cooyong Street. It is believed the man, who suffered leg and upper body injuries, jaywalked in front of the light rail vehicle while wearing headphones.

ACT Police are still investigating the incident and are calling for any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage of the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website

In response to the latest light rail incident, the Canberra Liberals transport spokesperson Candice Burch said the Government should audit and report on all incidents that have occurred during construction and testing to ensure the safety of the Canberra community.

“The Minister’s Rail Ready campaign is considerably lacking in actual public safety awareness,” Ms Burch said. “The Government has not done enough to raise awareness amongst pedestrians, cyclists or drivers about light rail testing, and how to be safe around light rail vehicles.

“The Labor-Greens Government owes it to the Canberra community to audit and report on all incidents that have occurred during construction and testing. This is the least they can do to ensure all is being done to keep people safe.”

The ACT Minister for Transport Meegan Fitzharris has been approached for comment.


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1:17 am 15 Mar 19

Ben Meeuwissen your dad? 😂😂

11:01 pm 14 Mar 19

I've seen the movie Speed, maybe he was building up speed to derail the tram at the Epic bend?

BlowMeDown 10:15 pm 14 Mar 19

It’s 2019 and we have a tram that doesn’t automatically stop at a red light. Why does it even need a driver? It’s on rails, how hard could it be?

It just proves that we’re paying a 21st century price for a 19th century solution to a transport problem.

6:57 pm 14 Mar 19

Near miss?? That’s funny

Capital Retro 6:07 pm 14 Mar 19

We don’t have these problems in Tuggers. Being devoid of a transport/urban renewal corridor is a blessing. Our rates should be adjusted accordingly.

5:28 pm 14 Mar 19

Ellie this is what i was talking about

10:54 am 14 Mar 19

I’m a private business owner so I understand that it’s my responsibility to keep myself informed and responsible for my own safety around the light rail. I’m diligent each time I leave the house to keep myself safe on the roads around the light rail or otherwise. We’re all well aware of the light rail, road rules and the testing. I’m being extra cautious during this time as everything new requires a “settling in” phase and human error is standard. We need to get ourselves informed and have and show conscientiousness everyday on the roads in general and especially until we settle in as a community around the light rail.

bigred 7:25 am 14 Mar 19

Running red lights should be totally unacceptable, moreso for the drivers/operators of vehicles that carry fare paying passengers including light rail, buses, taxis and Ubers. However, one has to feel sorry for this light rail driver a little. He probably learnt to drive locally and has picked up the culture of red lights being somewhat optional. In addition, from my look at the video it appears the light may have been faulty because it changed without a vehicle being in the induction loop. Also, the Uber driver was most likely speeding in the roadwork zone and then also ran the following red light cycle.

But the benchmark behaviour has now been set and I expect a media release from transport Canberra today announcing the number of bus drivers stood down for running red lights. I expect we will run out of bus drivers early next week from what I see on a daily basis.

1:01 am 14 Mar 19

Seems police can't do their jobs unless someone has it on video for them to lazily present to the prosecutor....

12:51 am 14 Mar 19

How many light rail cars are there?

11:02 pm 13 Mar 19

So did the pedestrian who got skittled cross the red light or was it the train?

    6:23 pm 14 Mar 19

    Ken Quilty yup, that's what they said but as the train then had a problem recognising a red light and the pedestrian didn't have a dash cam to prove his point.....?

10:50 pm 13 Mar 19

Lachlan Scott now the same news as Melbourne...

10:40 pm 13 Mar 19

So two incidents on the one day and it's not even operational yet. This will make for some interesting entertainment

10:35 pm 13 Mar 19

Leane Watt it’s not even running yet and someones been fired and someones been hit by one 😂😂😂

10:34 pm 13 Mar 19

Tram drivers should be paying rego too if they want to share the road with drivers...

10:29 pm 13 Mar 19

Pedestrian jaywalks into an oncoming tram. Tram driver runs a red light and nearly takes out a car. What is wrong with people? 🤦

10:08 pm 13 Mar 19

Susan O'Meara oh good, now someone’s been hit by one and one of them has run a red light 🤦🏻‍♀️

10:01 pm 13 Mar 19

Hopefully all of the safety requirements for design were identified and the Human Machine Interface design requirements were agreed prior to entering service?

10:00 pm 13 Mar 19

I’m just interested to see how it actually works. Being in Canberra, I have to assume all the tram drivers will want to drive in the friggin right lane all the time.........

9:53 pm 13 Mar 19

Sue I'm shocked!!

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