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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?

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OpenYourMind 10:36 pm 09 Aug 12

gazket said :

edited for accuracy

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

Why just why are cyclists 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 cyclists being on the road at these times. So I ask should they be banned from the road in morning traffic times?

I call BS on this one. This just sounds like an anti cyclist rant to me. I drive the parkway a fair bit and cyclists are such a rare sight and those that I have seen have been riding in the bit off the road. If car drivers are too incompetent to deal with the odd random cyclist, then we’ve got a much bigger problem than bikes being on the road.

chewy14 8:08 pm 09 Aug 12

justin heywood said :

SiteForeman: ‘Hey Fred, where are you with the backhoe? There’s a bunch of blokes just standing around until you get here’

Fred: ‘ Well, I’m waiting here at home boss. I thought I’d wait until 9.30 just to make sure all the suits aren’t late for their morning coffee and general chinwag.

Site Foreman: ‘ ‘%#@!*% !!! ‘

Perhaps the fluoro brigade can be made to only come out at night, so as not to inconvenience us keyboard jockeys doing the real work?

Or they can start at 6:00am like they all claim to?

gazket 8:00 pm 09 Aug 12

edited for accuracy

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

Why just why are cyclists 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 cyclists being on the road at these times. So I ask should they be banned from the road in morning traffic times?

justin heywood 6:45 pm 09 Aug 12

SiteForeman: ‘Hey Fred, where are you with the backhoe? There’s a bunch of blokes just standing around until you get here’

Fred: ‘ Well, I’m waiting here at home boss. I thought I’d wait until 9.30 just to make sure all the suits aren’t late for their morning coffee and general chinwag.

Site Foreman: ‘ ‘%#@!*% !!! ‘

Perhaps the fluoro brigade can be made to only come out at night, so as not to inconvenience us keyboard jockeys doing the real work?

HenryBG 6:16 pm 09 Aug 12

Intel70 said :

More often than not, when I’m attempting to transport my backhoe to or from a job site, a scary number of Canberran drivers swerve around and carry on like muppets in a fit of self righteous rage… somehow under the impression that the ~$250 odd component of their motor vehicle rego each year pays for the entire road network of Australia, thus gives them the right to always travel as fast as they want to under all circumstances.

Whatever their problems are, nothing justifies you being a selfish and irresponsible cheapskate by not floating your vehicle to its destination.
Backhoes do not belong on public roads.

chewy14 5:00 pm 09 Aug 12

Clown Killer said :

Gold! There’s nothing like a good traffic story to get a frenzied daisy chain of douche-bags all pumping away furiously in the hope of increasing their self inflated sense of entitlement.

A digger on the park way! Oh golly my! I can see the bulging veins and purple faces of outrage!

I just enjoy the part where they queue up to regail us all with tales of their incompetence – how they can’t deal with other traffic, how other road users pose a threat to their right to drive like twats. Here’s a tip numpties … If you’re having difficulty dealing with other road users – irrespective of the speed at which they travel – the its best you pop down to the police station and hand in your license – we don’t need people like you on the road.

I certainly wasn’t saying that I have any trouble dealing with things like that. Years of motorcycle riding has taught me to look ahead for possible obstacles and adjust. However, after the amount of stupid driving I’ve seen on our roads, I realise that not everyone has equal skills and some of the Muppets with licences are down right scary.

OpenYourMind 3:51 pm 09 Aug 12

As I’ve said before, these types of problems will cease to exist in the relatively near future. Apart from the inevitable autonomous (self driving) cars, all new cars will eventually be sporting V2V communication. Your car will know about the backhoe up ahead, the car in front of the semi-trailer who has stopped suddenly or the car stopped around the blind corner.
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=24564
Google has recently clocked up 300,000 accident free miles with their autonomous fleet and are now moving to their workforce testing these vehicles for single person commuting.
http://www.tgdaily.com/mobility-brief/65271-googles-autonomous-vehicle-tech-is-on-a-roll

dazzab 3:20 pm 09 Aug 12

I have the perfect solution for this. A helicopter with one of those big magnets handing underneath it. When a crash happens or some other vehicle is causing trouble, they swoop down and pick up the car (including the driver). Then they just fly over the lake and release it. Problem solved.

Clown Killer 3:10 pm 09 Aug 12

Gold! There’s nothing like a good traffic story to get a frenzied daisy chain of douche-bags all pumping away furiously in the hope of increasing their self inflated sense of entitlement.

A digger on the park way! Oh golly my! I can see the bulging veins and purple faces of outrage!

I just enjoy the part where they queue up to regail us all with tales of their incompetence – how they can’t deal with other traffic, how other road users pose a threat to their right to drive like twats. Here’s a tip numpties … If you’re having difficulty dealing with other road users – irrespective of the speed at which they travel – the its best you pop down to the police station and hand in your license – we don’t need people like you on the road.

Intel70 2:16 pm 09 Aug 12

From another perspective:

I say we ban any motor vehicle capable of traveling at over 20 km/h, from any road during peak hours.

More often than not, when I’m attempting to transport my backhoe to or from a job site, a scary number of Canberran drivers swerve around and carry on like muppets in a fit of self righteous rage… somehow under the impression that the ~$250 odd component of their motor vehicle rego each year pays for the entire road network of Australia, thus gives them the right to always travel as fast as they want to under all circumstances.

KB1971 1:17 pm 09 Aug 12

Innovation said :

Many posters here don’t seem to see the irony of their attitude towards slow movng vehicles and cyclists. If the “tractor” bothers you so much, why aren’t you threatening to run it off the road and do serious harm to the driver. Many are complaining about other vehicles hitting each other in their rush to get around it but I don’t see many suggestions that people are ikely to run into the machine itself. Is that perhaps because it is a lot bigger than you and you can miss these things when it poses a greater risk to you than the other driver/rider?

Hahahahahahaha, exactly what I was thinking. Self absorption & hypocracy seems to be the rule of the day here.

KB1971 1:16 pm 09 Aug 12

troll-sniffer said :

yellowsnow said :

Haha! Have you guys actually driven in mainland Europe? I’ve encountered all sorts of slow-travelling diggers and tractors, military tanks, horses pulling carts overflowing with cabbages (or illegal immigrants), elderly cyclists and even donkeys travelling on 100kmh + roads. I’ve never seen a driver bat an eyelid, let alone shake a fist or rush to get onto the nearest internet forum to vent their anger. People just accept it, take it in their stride … well, they might engage in some skilfully executed if risky overtaking manoeuvre but they cope, instead of stressing about it for more than five seconds they move on.

No wonder people laugh at Canberra drivers – there’s not many cities in the world where a single digger on a road creates such a flurry of impotent rage. I love Canberra, but posts like this really make me question its residents’ priorities and ability to cope with the real world.

+eleventy billion squared.

+1.

rhino 12:20 pm 09 Aug 12

I definitely wouldn’t get the government to ban them driving at certain times, but it is common courtesy to try and avoid driving your tractor on the road in peak hour. In some circumstances, it may be crucial that you get somewhere asap, but otherwise they should try and go either early like 7:30 or later like 9:30, to avoid the largest chunk of traffic being held up.

You can’t fully hate them though, because surely they must realise that it’s bad to drive a tractor in peak hour, so they must really have to. Or their boss ordered them to, and he is an inconsiderate person. I’m sure they are absolutely flooring it to get the most speed they can out of it. If they were just at half speed, chilling out watching ppl get frustrated, I’d hate them. But I imagine mostly that they’d be thinking “:S I’m sorry guys! I’m flooring it as much as I can”. And they tend to pull over to let people past when they can in my experience. In peak hour they’d never get back into their lane though.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:04 am 09 Aug 12

yellowsnow said :

Haha! Have you guys actually driven in mainland Europe? I’ve encountered all sorts of slow-travelling diggers and tractors, military tanks, horses pulling carts overflowing with cabbages (or illegal immigrants), elderly cyclists and even donkeys travelling on 100kmh + roads. I’ve never seen a driver bat an eyelid, let alone shake a fist or rush to get onto the nearest internet forum to vent their anger. People just accept it, take it in their stride … well, they might engage in some skilfully executed if risky overtaking manoeuvre but they cope, instead of stressing about it for more than five seconds they move on.

No wonder people laugh at Canberra drivers – there’s not many cities in the world where a single digger on a road creates such a flurry of impotent rage. I love Canberra, but posts like this really make me question its residents’ priorities and ability to cope with the real world.

Spot on.

troll-sniffer 10:03 am 09 Aug 12

yellowsnow said :

Haha! Have you guys actually driven in mainland Europe? I’ve encountered all sorts of slow-travelling diggers and tractors, military tanks, horses pulling carts overflowing with cabbages (or illegal immigrants), elderly cyclists and even donkeys travelling on 100kmh + roads. I’ve never seen a driver bat an eyelid, let alone shake a fist or rush to get onto the nearest internet forum to vent their anger. People just accept it, take it in their stride … well, they might engage in some skilfully executed if risky overtaking manoeuvre but they cope, instead of stressing about it for more than five seconds they move on.

No wonder people laugh at Canberra drivers – there’s not many cities in the world where a single digger on a road creates such a flurry of impotent rage. I love Canberra, but posts like this really make me question its residents’ priorities and ability to cope with the real world.

+eleventy billion squared.

I recently completed a cycling holiday in France, Germany and Holland. Apart from the amazing scenery and great food, the greatest pleasure was encountering mature considerate drivers. The behaviour of Australian drivers by contrast now makes me wonder just how grown up a large percentage of our drivers are.

Innovation 9:49 am 09 Aug 12

Many posters here don’t seem to see the irony of their attitude towards slow movng vehicles and cyclists. If the “tractor” bothers you so much, why aren’t you threatening to run it off the road and do serious harm to the driver. Many are complaining about other vehicles hitting each other in their rush to get around it but I don’t see many suggestions that people are ikely to run into the machine itself. Is that perhaps because it is a lot bigger than you and you can miss these things when it poses a greater risk to you than the other driver/rider?

yellowsnow 10:33 pm 08 Aug 12

Haha! Have you guys actually driven in mainland Europe? I’ve encountered all sorts of slow-travelling diggers and tractors, military tanks, horses pulling carts overflowing with cabbages (or illegal immigrants), elderly cyclists and even donkeys travelling on 100kmh + roads. I’ve never seen a driver bat an eyelid, let alone shake a fist or rush to get onto the nearest internet forum to vent their anger. People just accept it, take it in their stride … well, they might engage in some skilfully executed if risky overtaking manoeuvre but they cope, instead of stressing about it for more than five seconds they move on.

No wonder people laugh at Canberra drivers – there’s not many cities in the world where a single digger on a road creates such a flurry of impotent rage. I love Canberra, but posts like this really make me question its residents’ priorities and ability to cope with the real world.

bd84 1:06 am 08 Aug 12

Having come across many tractors/backhoes/whatever you want to call them dawdling along doing 20-40 kph on a 80-100kph road with traffic backing up for kms behind it, I don’t understand why they are not restricted vehicles. They should not be travelling along any main road with a speed limit above 60kph in peak hours (730-930am and 400-630pm) and it is probably should not be travelling along roads above 90kph at any time.

On a side note I suspect the people having accidents on the parkway are just ass clowns who can’t drive, I don’t understand why there have been so many along there in the past month or so. It used to average a few at most a month, now it’s a daily occurrence.

Evil_Kitten 8:49 pm 07 Aug 12

bughunter said :

Also remember a 100 Km/h speed sign represents the maximum speed, not the minimum.

If you’re incapable of doing the speed limit, hand your licence back and GTFO.

Unless, of course, you’re in a tractor thing (yep, that’s what I’m calling it) and it’s actually the vehicle that’s incapable not the driver lol

I agree with the OP! I used to see this on the Monaro during peak time too! The traffic would be banked up for kilometres with everyone in the right lane because if you didn’t get into it straight away, no one would let you in when you actually came upon the tractor.

God forbid everyone “keep left” like you’re supposed to and overtake the tractor when you get to it.

They have no place in peak traffic on a 100km/h road… ever!

How_Canberran 5:51 pm 07 Aug 12

A single backhoe on the Parkway you say?

How I do yearn for the stately morning drive down Parramatta Road being totally consumed by Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’.

How Canberran.

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