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Giving way to ACTION buses

By busdriver - 31 July 2010 53

In the ACT if a bus have a give way sign on the back of it then you must give way to that bus when the right hand intercator is flashing!

I know that some bus drivers abuse it but you have to remember that as a bus driver you are resposible to get people to there places on time all the time. If 1 car or truck driver fails to giveway to us then that is 30 seconds late then if 2 cars fail to giveway then thats 1 minute.

Today I was pulling out of a bus stop and 30 cars failed to giveway and I was then late but lucky the runs that I do are easy to catch up.

So please giveway to buses when pulling out of a bus stop.

It only takes less than 1 second and it helps us a great deal.

What’s Your opinion?


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Giving way to ACTION buses
Postalgeek 2:37 pm 31 Jul 10

Might makes right. If getting pushed around on a bike gets all to much, I want to be able to get on a bus and watch it crush all those pissy little cars under its big monster truck tires.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g62/compactVotive/monster-school-bus.jpg

p1 2:20 pm 31 Jul 10

Wow, that is an awesome collection of typos and smelling pisstakes.

p1 2:19 pm 31 Jul 10

There is another issue here that I have experienced.

I I approach a bus which is stopped at a bus stop, I am able to just drive passed, with right of way, since I am in the lane, and they are stopped.

If the bus is indicating that they intend to enter the flow of traffic, then I have to yield, as they have right of way, yes?

What if the bus is sitting there, with customers still entering/exiting the vehicle, yet have already begun to indicate to the right?

I am required to give way, but give way is not the same as stop. So if they are obviously still stopped (i.e. doors open with person half way through), then surely I can commence passing them? If they then shut the door and immediately start moving, do I suddenly become in the wrong?

bd84 2:15 pm 31 Jul 10

screaming banshee said :

“you must give way to that bus when the right hand intercator is flashing!”

Sigh, some bus drivers seem to be under this impression but the correct interpretation of the rules state that traffic must give way to a bus leaving a bus stop. Having your right indicator on does not give you right of way to change lanes in normal traffic.

Similarly a bus’ right to pull into traffic from a stop does not extend to the right to pull into anything other than the left lane of a multi-lane road. A point in which my experience tells me quite a few bus drivers need re-training or just to calm the f#ck down.

To the wider tax-paying audience: And this lot want more money?

(Butters popcorn)

Idiots like you are exactly what this driver is talking about. The bus driver is only required to give way to any car beside the bus after he indicates his intention, all cars behind the bus are required to slow and give way to the bus. Other motorists approaching a bus at a stop should be slowing in anticipation of the bus pulling out, not driving like an idiot.

Also, while it is not law to give way to a bus changing lanes in general traffic, common sense would indicate that the bus needs to change lanes for a reason as they can’t exactly change their route. People with half a brain would realise that they should let the bus in when safe to do so.

But having said that, there are bus drivers who break the rules and try changing lanes without looking etc. However, most of the time it is the fault of other stupid drivers and their lack of knowledge about the road rules rather than the fault of the bus driver.

georgesgenitals 2:01 pm 31 Jul 10

I don’t mind giving way to buses, but it’s pretty difficult when you’re crawling in heavy traffic and are half way along the stopped bus when it starts to pull out!

Nemo 1:22 pm 31 Jul 10

There is a pedestrian crossing on Chan St Belconnen that bus drivers seem to think doesnt apply to them. Myself and my family have had many near misses on this crossing because bus drivers simply do not stop. Several months ago a woman was hit by a bus on this crossing resulting in serious injuries – broken bones, punctured lung etc.

While I appreciate that slowing down and perhaps even stopping may take up precious seconds, it is not worth someone’s life.

nhand42 1:21 pm 31 Jul 10

I give way when I can, but all too often the bus driver indicates at the same time as they’re pulling out, giving me no warning that a 10 ton vehicle is about to inhabit the same time and space as my car. The result is hasty braking and the very real potential of a multi-car pileup. Maybe you bus drivers could leave the indicator on for… oh I don’t know, 1 second… before gunning the accelerator and pulling into fast moving traffic.

54-11 1:21 pm 31 Jul 10

busdriver, I will always give way to a bus, provided they provide timely notice of what they’re doing. Just flashing the indicator and then pulling out is not quite the way to do it.

What shits me, however, is when a bus barges it’s way into the traffic, and then tootles along at 40km in a 60 zone, because they are ahead of schedule. If you’ve got time in hand, just take your time working your way into traffic, and then travel at a reasonable speed that’s not holding up a line of vehicles behind you.

Thanks in advance.

el 1:10 pm 31 Jul 10

If 1 car or truck driver fails to giveway to us then that is 30 seconds late then if 2 cars fail to giveway then thats 1 minute.

That’s some slow moving traffic!

Today I was pulling out of a bus stop and 30 cars failed to giveway and I was then late

Well of course, that must have been excruciating. I mean, going by your calculations, you were 15 minutes late due to those 30 cars. I bet the passengers had sad faces too.

You must’ve been driving like Webber to make that time up…

AussieRodney 12:54 pm 31 Jul 10

Antagonist said :

If ACT drivers cannot merge, what hope do we have of them knowing when to give right of way ???

[Generalisation] So true of ACT drivers. [/Generalisation]

vg 12:31 pm 31 Jul 10

A bus driver cannot just arbitrarily whack on the right hand indicator and forcibly insert themselves into traffic either.

“If 1 car or truck driver fails to giveway to us then that is 30 seconds late then if 2 cars fail to giveway then thats 1 minute.”

Bullshit

Your not immune from either common sense, courtesy or the traffic laws themselves just because you’re encased in something 10 times the size and weight of your fellow road users.

As a regular bus passgenger I can tell you the driving behaviours of many of the bus drivers are equally as poor as those they rail against

screaming banshee 12:09 pm 31 Jul 10

“you must give way to that bus when the right hand intercator is flashing!”

Sigh, some bus drivers seem to be under this impression but the correct interpretation of the rules state that traffic must give way to a bus leaving a bus stop. Having your right indicator on does not give you right of way to change lanes in normal traffic.

Similarly a bus’ right to pull into traffic from a stop does not extend to the right to pull into anything other than the left lane of a multi-lane road. A point in which my experience tells me quite a few bus drivers need re-training or just to calm the f#ck down.

To the wider tax-paying audience: And this lot want more money?

(Butters popcorn)

Antagonist 11:44 am 31 Jul 10

It just demonstrates yet another failure by TaMS – this time educating road users. It amazes me how often I hear people complaining about buses pulling out from bus stops, completely oblivious to the fact that the bus has right of way.

Then again, I guess it is to be expected. If ACT drivers cannot merge, what hope do we have of them knowing when to give right of way ???

el 11:06 am 31 Jul 10

Couldn’t you just barge out into traffic like all the other bus drivers do? The cars will then give way. Bus does beat car, after all.

(Grabs popcorn)

toriness 10:59 am 31 Jul 10

don’t want to tell you how to do your job and totally agree that cars should give way – but maybe rather than waiting for the line of cars to stop and give you a spot, you should just indicate and pull out (slowly so it’s obvious) – and don’t give them a choice but to give way. who’s going to take on a bus in a head-to-head? not me!

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