Fuel Guzzling Speed Camera Vans

paperboy 19 June 2008 48

Like most motorists, I’ve only ever driven past those dreaded roadside speed camera vans. Today I was on foot, and as I passed, noticed the van’s engine was running. I’m not sure how long the van had been in place, but it was there for at least 15 minutes as I walked up to and past it, so it wasn’t as if it had just arrived. I can only assume the operator wanted to keep warm. And I suppose in summer the engine is running to keep the operator cool. But at what cost? I know these ‘safety’ devices also bring in a whole swag of revenue, but at $1.60 a litre for fuel, how much petrol are these vans going through? And at what environmental cost. Not to mention the wear and tear on the van’s engine, just sitting there for hours on end.


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Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:18 am 24 Jun 08

“They use the equivalent of about 1.5 litres an hour on idle.”

Oh my God, think of all those toxic fumes that might affect all those poor people in O’Malley, Isaacs and Macarthur!

vg vg 9:30 am 24 Jun 08

Pandy said :

How can an annonymous avatar sue?

When he isn’t anonymous and is very broadly known under that tag

“doubt he will. Even if he gets up the courage to talk to a lawyer, as soon as they see what he posts here, the insults and aggression, they’ll back right off and advise him to do the same.”

Fant, I don’t need courage to speak to a lawyer, I look at one in the mirror every morning and sleep with another every night……but if you want it to turn into a courage competition (oh no, big bad VG is threatening someone again!! I might soil my online bridge undies).

Have a look at the action of the mods and tell me who won that little battle and who now looks like a prat.

Fant

Font

Foot

Flot

Flop

Flap

Greg Greg 8:26 am 24 Jun 08

Thanks god he didn’t walk past a taxi rank..

Pandy Pandy 7:09 am 24 Jun 08

How can an annonymous avatar sue?

DJ DJ 3:32 am 24 Jun 08

ant (or is it Farq – are you the same person?), you obviously didn’t read the offending comments that were removed. Without a clue, off you go making stuff up without any idea. Do you always do that? Twisting things to validate your opinions?

The comments made by VG are backed up by the actions of the mods. Twist that….

ant ant 11:29 pm 23 Jun 08

VG was ranting about on a closed thread last night. Somewhat ironic, as most would agree. I didn’t see the post that annoyed him so much, but I did see *his* posts, that’ll blow any suit clean out of the water. But he rattled his defamation sabre.

It was yesterday’s main post, about the police being useless. It’s still there.

madman madman 10:44 pm 23 Jun 08

who’s wanting to sue the site and what the hell for. There’s really no visual reason that i can see, and i work in a legal area.

Thumper Thumper 9:18 pm 23 Jun 08

Now this place is a puff piece like any Jessica Wright story in Sundays Times…

Agreed Mr Ferret

ant ant 9:12 pm 23 Jun 08

farq said:

farq said :

Still planning on suing the site? Look forward to hearing of the outcome.

I doubt he will. Even if he gets up the courage to talk to a lawyer, as soon as they see what he posts here, the insults and aggression, they’ll back right off and advise him to do the same. You can’t wander around a bar, trying to pick fights, and then successfully sue someone who finally reacts.

Mælinar Mælinar 6:15 pm 23 Jun 08

Taxi’s, Buses, Trucks, Couriers – they also are on the road all day with professional road users behind the wheel.

Take up with them, why they should turn off their vehicles on account of their services make your woolies milk cost more just for their personal comfort while they are busy ensuring you no longer have to live the hunter/gatherer lifestyle.

Danman Danman 2:43 pm 23 Jun 08

My guess is that they use a dual battery setup with all auxillary appliances powered off a deep cycle battery that is not used to crank the engine.

From the 12 volt battery the power would go into an inverter to produce 240 volts of pure sine wave AC – wattage would have to be well over 1KW I would assume, to run all that gear.

Did you really think that all motor homes (Winnebago’s etc) have to keep their engine running to run powered appliances?.

I agree with others… Storm…Teacup..

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 2:34 pm 23 Jun 08

Thanks. Now I get it.

Whatsup Whatsup 2:28 pm 23 Jun 08

Paperboy: Why did it take you 15 minutes to walk past the van ?

vg vg 1:57 pm 23 Jun 08

Farq + Ant = Fant

They are the same creature

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 1:28 pm 23 Jun 08

Who the hell is FANT?

farq farq 10:56 am 23 Jun 08

vg said :

You’re on fire FANT

Can’t even get your traffic law enforcement agencies right.

Oh my hat!

Again, jumping to incorrect conclusions. I never accused the plods of running the vans, just jumping down the original posters throat because that what they do on law and order issues. Are you so desperate to score some points that you need to put words in my mouth? That is kind of sad.

Still planning on suing the site? Look forward to hearing of the outcome.

BTW: I missed what was said, but I can guess. Not cool.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:04 am 23 Jun 08

I’d be surprised if the vans ran the engines constantly during operation. I would expect there’d be an operating procedure that said ‘run the engine for 15 mins every hour’ or some such to ensure the battery doesn’t get flat. The vans would probably run the equipment from the van battery (maybe have dual batteries installed). Car batteries (especially heavy duty commercial ones) actually have a fair bit of electrical capacity.

1.5 litres of fuel per hour at idle sounds about right to me. They run 4 cylinder engines, and my 5.7V8 only uses about 2 and a quarter litres per hour at idle.

This whole story is a storm in a teacup, something that is becoming disturbingly prevalent on RiotACT these days.

minime2 minime2 12:39 am 23 Jun 08

Post 26: did you not read Post 25? I would imagine if you were face to face talking , you would be the one doing it.

ant ant 10:50 pm 22 Jun 08

vg said:

vg said :

You’re on fire FANT

Can’t even get your traffic law enforcement agencies right.

Oh my hat!

I haven’t posted in this thread, but VG seems to want me to, judging by the above comment. He likes to hear disparaging comments about police, it seems. Can’t imagine why, maybe he hates them.

vg vg 9:18 pm 22 Jun 08

You’re on fire FANT

Can’t even get your traffic law enforcement agencies right.

Oh my hat!

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