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Police Wrap – 7 October 2010

By johnboy - 7 October 2010 32

1. Rapid Results:

A total of 469 unregistered and/or uninsured vehicles were detected on Canberra’s roads during the first three months of operation by ACT Policing’s specialist RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified) team.

Since officially beginning operations on July 1, the high-visibility three-car RAPID team also detected 147 unlicensed drivers, 69 suspended drivers and 22 disqualified drivers.

In addition, nine warrants were executed during the period, three stolen cars recovered, and with the assistance of ACT RTA vehicle inspectors, over 2000 vehicles inspected. More than 500 cars were found to have minor and major defects.

The establishment of the specialist RAPID team, consisting of three Falcon XR6 vehicles with eye-catching signage and “viper” paintwork, received a specific funding allocation in the ACT Government’s May 2010 Budget.

Acting Deputy Chief Police Officer Mark Colbran said the team, led by experienced Traffic Operations Sergeant Andrew Warry, was delivering on expectations but said that the success of the program reflected on the attitudes by some ACT motorists toward complying with the law.

Of concern to police is that despite the high visibility enforcement activities, too many motorists are continuing to drive whilst unlicensed or disqualified, or simply ignore the requirement to register their car. This attitude appears span all income groups, as two of the more recent cars detected by the system were brand new: a Honda Accord and a Mercedes-Benz 350 CLK sports coupe.

“There’s some clear proof to us that some motorists are taking a deliberate economic decision not to register their car or take out CTP (Compulsory Third Party) insurance, and that has implications for all Canberra’s road users,” a/DCPO Colbran said.

“Unregistered and unlicensed/suspended/disqualified drivers are significantly over-represented in serious and fatal collisions so RAPID’s role will continue over the summer months to make our roads safer.”

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Police Wrap – 7 October 2010
p1 4:53 pm 07 Oct 10

johnboy said :

Actually RAPID was intorduced because of a massive correlation between accidents and unregistered vehicles.

Basically if you can’t organise rego you’re very likely to be a menace on the road.

And two of the most common reasonsª for not having a car registered are (i) it not being safe enough to pass an inspection (not really a problem in Canberra, so long as you keep rego current), and (ii) not being able to afford rego (in which case, probably not being able to afford upkeep on vehicle).

ª – This statistic is a blend of guesses and assumption.

georgesgenitals 4:38 pm 07 Oct 10

The system should be updated to be Recognition and Analysis of Plates and External Defects.

johnboy 4:33 pm 07 Oct 10

Actually RAPID was intorduced because of a massive correlation between accidents and unregistered vehicles.

Basically if you can’t organise rego you’re very likely to be a menace on the road.

john87_no1 4:26 pm 07 Oct 10

KB1971 said :

john87_no1 said :

I wonder how much revenue in total that is?

Whats that got to do with it?

Dont you want safer roads or would you prefers speed cameras?

KB1971 I usually only explain myself to people that weren’t around for the cold war…. but here you go.

I would like safer roads. However roads arent unsafe because people forget or don’t pay rego. They are unsafe because people are generally impatient and inconsiderate. Safer roads don’t come from a police camera that traps 1000’s of motorists everyday and sends out 1000’s of fines a month.

Actively and aggressively impounding and crushing cars would push people to be safer more responsible car owners/drivers.

johnboy 4:13 pm 07 Oct 10

And how long is he going to be sleeping on the couch?

Jillbob 4:06 pm 07 Oct 10

I got done in my husband’s car. Silly bugger told me it was registered but he’d lost the sticker when we moved…apparently it had expired since again leaving the car unregistered. I have never driven around unregisterd and the one time it slips…blammo!! $1086 thankyouverymuch. And they wouldn’t let me leave until it was paid. So my trip to work cost me nearly $2000. I hate Mondays…

Dagget66 3:57 pm 07 Oct 10

I was pulled over for having and empty bike rack obscuring my number plate.

Which they kindly let me remove without slapping me with a fine .

🙂

I was very appreciative .

Erg0 3:16 pm 07 Oct 10

john87_no1 said :

I wonder how much revenue in total that is?

Probably not a lot more than what it would have been if these idiots had just paid their rego in the first place.

KB1971 2:04 pm 07 Oct 10

john87_no1 said :

I wonder how much revenue in total that is?

Whats that got to do with it?

Dont you want safer roads or would you prefers speed cameras?

p1 1:54 pm 07 Oct 10

Solidarity said :

I got pulled up twice by them for defect checks in my registered car, (they found nothing wrong with it) and in my highly defectable car (unregistered, overseas number plates, but with a permit so I was able to drive it to my mechanics workshop) I drove past the RAPID units a few times and they didn’t do anything.

Just an observation.

I guess which ever country the plates are from hasn’t shared their numberplate database with the RAPID system?

Solidarity 1:14 pm 07 Oct 10

I got pulled up twice by them for defect checks in my registered car, (they found nothing wrong with it) and in my highly defectable car (unregistered, overseas number plates, but with a permit so I was able to drive it to my mechanics workshop) I drove past the RAPID units a few times and they didn’t do anything.

Just an observation.

john87_no1 12:55 pm 07 Oct 10

I wonder how much revenue in total that is?

p1 12:29 pm 07 Oct 10

captainwhorebags said :

I can’t think of a situation where a vehicle is registered but doesn’t carry CTP (and vice versa) as it’s a job lot at renewal time.

NSW registered vehicles I guess could somehow have their insurance expire and still be registered?

Tooks 12:02 pm 07 Oct 10

captainwhorebags said :

Unregistered and/or uninsured… is it possible to be one but not the other?

I can’t think of a situation where a vehicle is registered but doesn’t carry CTP (and vice versa) as it’s a job lot at renewal time.

Once your rego runs out, you still have CTP insurance for two weeks (in the ACT).

captainwhorebags 10:58 am 07 Oct 10

Unregistered and/or uninsured… is it possible to be one but not the other?

I can’t think of a situation where a vehicle is registered but doesn’t carry CTP (and vice versa) as it’s a job lot at renewal time.

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