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Parkway mayhem

By Zeital - 7 August 2012 40

Ok so I’m going to start the day off with a bit of a rant.

Why just why are tractor/diggers allowed on the road in morning traffic? This is the second morning where one had been on the road going about at 20 Km/h in a 100 zone and it’s causing people to be even more jumpy and risky trying to get around the damn thing.

I also have a feeling that both the crash yesterday and today was in part the fault of the tractor being on the road at these times. So I ask should they be banned from the road in morning traffic times?

What’s Your opinion?


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Parkway mayhem
EvanJames 3:26 pm 07 Aug 12

chewy14 said :

People going significantly slower than the traffic around them are just as dangerous as those going significantly faster.

And axe murderers. I see a slow vehicle and think “bad as an axe murderer”.

chewy14 2:25 pm 07 Aug 12

Grail said :

Just remember that getting everyone to work on time is a cooperative effort. If you find yourself speeding up to overtake someone who is “only” doing 95, the chances are that you are part of the problem, not the solution.

Yours truly,
White Honda Jazz doing 90km/h maximum during peak hour on the Parkway & GDE.

I can understand the GDE because it’s speed limit is 90 but why travel that speed on the Parkway?

Yes getting to work on the roads is a co-operative effort. So why don’t you co-operate with the majority of people and travel at the prevailing speed?

People going significantly slower than the traffic around them are just as dangerous as those going significantly faster.

p1 2:18 pm 07 Aug 12

Russ said :

Firstly, it’s a backhoe, not an excavator or tractor or digger.

Ummm, backhoes can both excavate and dig holes. So it is all three.

Russ 2:12 pm 07 Aug 12

Firstly, it’s a backhoe, not an excavator or tractor or digger.

Secondly, they should be able to do around 40km/h.

Thirdly, they have no place on a 100km/h road during peak times – their speed is completely incompatible with the prevailing flow of traffic.

Finally, if someone really needs to move a backhoe along such roads at peak times, they can get it floated on a truck just like every other piece of earthmoving machinery.

Chop71 1:51 pm 07 Aug 12

They could make it 4 lanes on madness

pete09 1:40 pm 07 Aug 12

The Parkway is a motorway grade road, in every other major city in this country slow vehicles, tractors, bicycles and mopeds etc are not allowed on motorways. Why should the parkway be any different?

Grail 1:33 pm 07 Aug 12

So there was a crash, and there was an excavator on the road at the same time, therefore the excavator cased the crash?

You will find that crashes on the Parkway are usually due to people trying to merge into 100km/h traffic at 80km/h, coming to a sudden halt at the bottom of the entry ramp when halfway merged into the parkway when they see something in their rear view mirror and panic, idiots trying to enter the exit ramp from the right hand lane (cutting off whoever was in the left lane and either colliding with them or triggering a rear-end collision that they are not involved in themselves), or people who for whatever reason slow down suddenly in traffic: typically of a morning if there is any car, bike or person near the shoulder, there will be someone who slows down to rubberneck.

The slow traffic does serve to test the tempers of impatient and selfish drivers. I would prefer to remove the impatient and selfish drivers (you know who I mean: the folks complaining that everyone else is not doing 110 in a 100 zone) rather than the productive and useful people.

Just remember that getting everyone to work on time is a cooperative effort. If you find yourself speeding up to overtake someone who is “only” doing 95, the chances are that you are part of the problem, not the solution.

Yours truly,
White Honda Jazz doing 90km/h maximum during peak hour on the Parkway & GDE.

Madam Cholet 1:17 pm 07 Aug 12

There are crashes on the Parkway every week and is the reason that I studiously avoid it as once you’re on there you’re pretty much stuck if there’s an accident. It’s the divers not the tractors. You should be prepared for such things on the road from time to time, even if it is annoying in peak hour – perhaps it was a farmer going to work?

Zeital 12:22 pm 07 Aug 12

I think its more the point that it CAN only do 20 and the person moving it around is going about in a peak traffic time…

I am just trying to raise the point as i have almost been side swiped 2 days in a row, and there also have been crashes on the parkway on said days

Solidarity 12:05 pm 07 Aug 12

Yeah, but wouldn’t a reason be “my digger only does 20” ?

Zeital 11:46 am 07 Aug 12

carnardly said :

Should they be banned from morning rush hour? No. absolutely not.
Any accidents that happen are usually the result of bad or stupid decisions by motorists.

And those stupid decisions are made worse when people get stuck behind a very slow moving vehicle in an otherwise fast moving traffic condition…..

chewy14 said :

bughunter said :

Pesky tractors and diggers, make a list of vehicles that you don’t want on the road at the same time as you. Submit that to the gubmit so they can make more rules for others to ensure there is less inconvenience in your life. Also remember a 100 Km/h speed sign represents the maximum speed, not the minimum. That hour I spent on the parkway today was well and truly wasted but I’m not looking to scapegoat some minor portion of ‘traffic’ for the behaviour and mistakes of car drivers.

I thought there was a law for impeding traffic?

Driving too slow can be just as dangerous as driving too fast, speed differential from the mean speed of traffic is a risk factor for accidents.

I think that is the right one?

125 Unreasonably obstructing drivers or pedestrians

(1) A driver must not unreasonably obstruct the path of another
driver or a pedestrian.

Offence provision.

Note Driver includes a person in control of a vehicle — see the
definition of drive in the dictionary.

(2) For this rule, a driver does not unreasonably obstruct the
path of another driver or a pedestrian only because:
(a) the driver is stopped in traffic; or
(b) the driver is driving more slowly than other vehicles
(unless the driver is driving abnormally slowly in the
circumstances).

Example of a driver driving abnormally slowly
A driver driving at a speed of 20 kilometres per hour on a length of road
to which a speed-limit of 80 kilometres per hour applies when there is
no reason for the driver to drive at that speed on the length of road.

HenryBG 11:44 am 07 Aug 12

I drove past some kind of digger on Tuggeranong Parkway yesterday and wondered why it was there. In Europe, these kinds of vehicles (along with bicycles, horses and gypsy caravans) are quite sensibly banned from trunk roads.

As for people who crashed “because there was a digger on the road”, they should have their licences cancelled and be required to prove they have learned to drive before being allowed back on the road.

In fact, shortly after overtaking the digger, I found myself behind a total cretin driving in the right-hand lane at about 90km/h. It’s about time the police stopped their random driver testing and actually pulled over the great many drivers who are actually breaking the law by clogging up the fast lane, tail-gating, and driving with fog lights on.

chewy14 11:20 am 07 Aug 12

bughunter said :

Pesky tractors and diggers, make a list of vehicles that you don’t want on the road at the same time as you. Submit that to the gubmit so they can make more rules for others to ensure there is less inconvenience in your life. Also remember a 100 Km/h speed sign represents the maximum speed, not the minimum. That hour I spent on the parkway today was well and truly wasted but I’m not looking to scapegoat some minor portion of ‘traffic’ for the behaviour and mistakes of car drivers.

I thought there was a law for impeding traffic?

Driving too slow can be just as dangerous as driving too fast, speed differential from the mean speed of traffic is a risk factor for accidents.

carnardly 11:05 am 07 Aug 12

Should they be banned from morning rush hour? No. absolutely not.

Any accidents that happen are usually the result of bad or stupid decisions by motorists.

bughunter 10:31 am 07 Aug 12

Pesky tractors and diggers, make a list of vehicles that you don’t want on the road at the same time as you. Submit that to the gubmit so they can make more rules for others to ensure there is less inconvenience in your life. Also remember a 100 Km/h speed sign represents the maximum speed, not the minimum. That hour I spent on the parkway today was well and truly wasted but I’m not looking to scapegoat some minor portion of ‘traffic’ for the behaviour and mistakes of car drivers.

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