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RAPID Rising

By johnboy 5 August 2010 24

Simon Corbell is letting us know that two more vehicles fitted with the RAPID system (Recognition and Analysis of Plates Identified) are hitting the road.

A successful trial of RAPID during the first half of 2009 saw:

— 2,348 individual vehicles and people of interest being identified;
— 1,820 infringements being issued; and,
— 200 suspensions or disqualifications issued.

RAPID has also contributed to general crime reduction in the ACT with a number of stolen motor vehicles recovered as part of RAPID operations over the past 12 months. It has also identified some people with outstanding warrants for arrest.

“The RAPID system now operates from three specially designed vehicles and will also be used to identify vehicles owned by suspended or unlicensed drivers, and vehicles associated with persons wanted on warrant,” Mr Corbell said.

Terrifying to think we last so long without it, but nice to see.

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Spideydog 11:19 pm 11 Aug 10

johnboy said :

The other point for road safety is that the statistics show unregistered cars and unlicensed drivers are massively over-represented in crashes.

Because they are cockheads.

Johnboy, you haven’t had a run in with an unlicenced/unregistered driver have you by chance ????

cranky 8:50 pm 11 Aug 10


I think you’re wrong.

I believe a thing called the ‘nominal defendant’ or some such exists for just these events.

You ARE covered if the car that hits and hurts you is not covered by valid 3rd party insurance.

The only time you are not covered is if you are a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident where the law deems no one is responsible. As in, if your driver dies of a heart attack whilst driving, crashes off the road, and as a result you sustain an injury. Probably a very rare occurence, but Sonic and Co have no intention of correcting this glaring anomaly.

smithy 8:19 pm 11 Aug 10

One thing to keep in mind with all these drivers and cars

Read your insurance PDS and it clearly states they have the right to not honour your insurance claim as it has to be a registered roadworthy vehicle and the driver must be an active licence holder.

Further if the car does not have the third party insurance and there is an accident. You are liable for all your medical costs and will have to sue the other person to claim this money back also for loss of earnigns,. pain and suffering.

Medicare does not cover your for any costs when you are involved in an accident.

If they have no money you are up shit creek without a paddle.

Bad news, you pay your rego and therefore your third party insurance, this will cover the other driver for all medical costs and loss of earnings/ pain and suffering.

Get these unregistered, unlicenced drivers off our roads.

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