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By johnboy - 7 October 2011 32

An unlicensed 19-year-old Narrabundah learner driver, with her small child in the rear of the car and her unlicensed male partner in the front passenger’s seat, was among the drivers caught by ACT Policing’s RAPID Team yesterday (Thursday, October 6).

A total of 22 unregistered vehicles were also detected by RAPID yesterday, during mobile operations conducted in Belconnen and the city areas in the lead-up to the forthcoming long weekend.

There were also nine vehicles detected yesterday without CTP (Compulsory Third Party) insurance, and two unlicensed drivers (including the 19-year-old female learner).

RAPID scanned more than 7000 vehicles yesterday, and 40 Traffic Infringement Notices were issued for a range of offences including failing to stop at a red light in Civic and using a handheld mobile phone whilst driving.

Police were disappointed at the high number of unregistered vehicles detected and reminded motorists that should their vehicle be detected as unregistered, it may result in their registration plates being seized on the spot, and the car therefore required to be towed away.

Earlier this week, members of the RAPID Team arrested a 44-year-old Kaleen man after he was detected driving on Ellenborough Street. The man had been driving in contravention of an immediate licence suspension notice issued previously. He was later bailed from the ACT Watch House.

ACT Policing Traffic Operations will be patrolling key arterial roads in and out of Canberra this long weekend.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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RAPID strikes
what_the 12:03 pm 08 Oct 11

dungfungus said :

buzz819 said :

dungfungus said :

Why do mobile police patrols with a “cool” acronym and bristling with technology have to be the only way to detect unregistered vehicles in the ACT? Surely the RTA can do a print-out at any time of all the details; vehicle, rego number, name and address of registered owner etc. and then the patrol cars can make a home visit. While one officer is removing the plates off the car and issuing defect notices the other one can be checking out the property to see what stolen property is around and how the crop is growing. The RTA should make it a condition that plates have to be handed in immediately the rego expires and enforce non-compliance with heavy fines.
Physical police presence in the ‘hood is reassuring for those of us that are law abiding and sobering for those who aren’t.
Why is it that these days, nothing can be achieved unless the latest gee-whiz technology is being used followed by heaps of media spin?

So what you are saying is you want the Police to go over to every house where there was a car registered there and that is not out of rego? Are you mad? They would have to go to every single house in Canberra.

How are Police supposed to enter the property to check for stolen goods? The RTA give them a warrant at the same time?

My post was referring to UNREGISTERED vehicles, dimwit. Seeing that you appear to know everything, please advise me how unregistered vehicles were detected before RAPID?

I wouldn’t be throwing the dimwit tag around when you’re advocating that instead of using the technology available (which would definitely be more cost-effective) that police should go door to door in the case of unregistered vehicles. Being that the car is unregistered, how are they supposed to ascertain that where the driver of that unregistered car lives? I’ve got a car out the front which has been unregistered for a couple of years now, it’s last rego was for my mate across the road. Are you expecting that the police then question the last registered owner of the house, then start the trail from there just to fine a person for an unregistered car? I dont think you’ve thought this quite through given the resources restraints police currently have even getting patrol cars out on the streets.

what_the 11:58 am 08 Oct 11

krats said :

I meant to say registration labels

I’m not sure how you’re coming to this conclusion. You do realise we already have number plates which the RAPID car is scanning to ensure registration, no label required, same when police do roadside checks.

I glad they’re doing away with rego stickers if that’s actually happening. When you can pay rego online, can check registration online, and cars already have identifying plates, what’s the point of having a sticker? It’s a bit outdated.

ScienceRules 10:48 am 08 Oct 11

How are Police supposed to enter the property to check for stolen goods? The RTA give them a warrant at the same time?

My post was referring to UNREGISTERED vehicles, dimwit. Seeing that you appear to know everything, please advise me how unregistered vehicles were detected before RAPID?

I’m pretty sure that the idea of RAPID is to make the best use of available resources. You can have one or two officers checking thousands of cars a day while driving around but doorknocking takes the efficiencies away. Also, I’m pretty sure that they are looking for unregistered vehicles that are on the roads, not on blocks in someone’s front yard.

dungfungus 10:09 am 08 Oct 11

buzz819 said :

dungfungus said :

Why do mobile police patrols with a “cool” acronym and bristling with technology have to be the only way to detect unregistered vehicles in the ACT? Surely the RTA can do a print-out at any time of all the details; vehicle, rego number, name and address of registered owner etc. and then the patrol cars can make a home visit. While one officer is removing the plates off the car and issuing defect notices the other one can be checking out the property to see what stolen property is around and how the crop is growing. The RTA should make it a condition that plates have to be handed in immediately the rego expires and enforce non-compliance with heavy fines.
Physical police presence in the ‘hood is reassuring for those of us that are law abiding and sobering for those who aren’t.
Why is it that these days, nothing can be achieved unless the latest gee-whiz technology is being used followed by heaps of media spin?

So what you are saying is you want the Police to go over to every house where there was a car registered there and that is not out of rego? Are you mad? They would have to go to every single house in Canberra.

How are Police supposed to enter the property to check for stolen goods? The RTA give them a warrant at the same time?

My post was referring to UNREGISTERED vehicles, dimwit. Seeing that you appear to know everything, please advise me how unregistered vehicles were detected before RAPID?

buzz819 9:50 am 08 Oct 11

dungfungus said :

Why do mobile police patrols with a “cool” acronym and bristling with technology have to be the only way to detect unregistered vehicles in the ACT? Surely the RTA can do a print-out at any time of all the details; vehicle, rego number, name and address of registered owner etc. and then the patrol cars can make a home visit. While one officer is removing the plates off the car and issuing defect notices the other one can be checking out the property to see what stolen property is around and how the crop is growing. The RTA should make it a condition that plates have to be handed in immediately the rego expires and enforce non-compliance with heavy fines.
Physical police presence in the ‘hood is reassuring for those of us that are law abiding and sobering for those who aren’t.
Why is it that these days, nothing can be achieved unless the latest gee-whiz technology is being used followed by heaps of media spin?

So what you are saying is you want the Police to go over to every house where there was a car registered there and that is not out of rego? Are you mad? They would have to go to every single house in Canberra.

How are Police supposed to enter the property to check for stolen goods? The RTA give them a warrant at the same time?

dungfungus 9:18 am 08 Oct 11

Why do mobile police patrols with a “cool” acronym and bristling with technology have to be the only way to detect unregistered vehicles in the ACT? Surely the RTA can do a print-out at any time of all the details; vehicle, rego number, name and address of registered owner etc. and then the patrol cars can make a home visit. While one officer is removing the plates off the car and issuing defect notices the other one can be checking out the property to see what stolen property is around and how the crop is growing. The RTA should make it a condition that plates have to be handed in immediately the rego expires and enforce non-compliance with heavy fines.
Physical police presence in the ‘hood is reassuring for those of us that are law abiding and sobering for those who aren’t.
Why is it that these days, nothing can be achieved unless the latest gee-whiz technology is being used followed by heaps of media spin?

krats 8:47 am 08 Oct 11

I meant to say registration labels

krats 8:44 am 08 Oct 11

And the numbers of unregistered cars will only increase if the ACT goes ahead with abolising vehicle restoration labels.

Tooks 7:22 am 08 Oct 11

gooterz said :

what_the said :

Well of course she’s an unlicensed Learner, how can you be a licensed learner when you’re on a permit?? Who writes these things? At least it didn’t have alleged in it fifty billion times for things that are actual facts.

Two things: You need a licence to learn to drive. Meaning that you’ve done the theory and have taken steps to learn to drive properly! Also a learner needs someone with experience in the car to teach them. She had an unlicenced person so fails on two counts!

Thirdly she had a kid in the car! Learners have the highest accident rate and having a small child in the car is both dangerous to them (espically since no one in the car knows how to drive) and distracting!

How well does rapid work in a car park?

Wrong. A learner’s permit is just that – a permit. It is not a licence.

Henry82 11:16 pm 07 Oct 11

gooterz said :

Learners have the highest accident rate

no. licensed learner drivers are the safest on the road. P1 drivers are the most dangerous.

mr_wowtrousers 11:09 pm 07 Oct 11

@what_the – agreed. I have a 6cylinder and a bike and just had to plank down $600 for the bike, car coming up soon. I couldn’t help but notice that almost $400 of the rego fee for the bike was CTP.

I note that the NSW government is undertaking an internal review after it was noticed that the insurance companies were doing, ahem, “very well” (25%+ profits) out of green slips by consistently overestimating payout amounts and jacking up premium prices:

http://smh.drive.com.au/roads-and-traffic/the-25-billion-green-slip-slap-20110917-1kf01.html

Apparently “The Insurance Council refused to comment but its submission says the system is effective and equitable.”

I am sure they think it is . . .

gooterz 10:36 pm 07 Oct 11

what_the said :

Well of course she’s an unlicensed Learner, how can you be a licensed learner when you’re on a permit?? Who writes these things? At least it didn’t have alleged in it fifty billion times for things that are actual facts.

Two things: You need a licence to learn to drive. Meaning that you’ve done the theory and have taken steps to learn to drive properly! Also a learner needs someone with experience in the car to teach them. She had an unlicenced person so fails on two counts!

Thirdly she had a kid in the car! Learners have the highest accident rate and having a small child in the car is both dangerous to them (espically since no one in the car knows how to drive) and distracting!

How well does rapid work in a car park?

Henry82 10:25 pm 07 Oct 11

what_the said :

Well of course she’s an unlicensed Learner, how can you be a licensed learner when you’re on a permit?? Who writes these things?

Learner license expired i think, but i agree with you its poorly written. Judging by that car vs bus thread, i don’t think it will change in the next generation

thatsnotme 7:59 pm 07 Oct 11

Driving along Parkes Way into the City yesterday, I saw a car pulled over by one of the RAPID cars. Today, there was another – pulled over by the same RAPID car, in almost exactly the same position. Took a moment and a bit of thinking to decide that it wasn’t in fact deja vu!

I’m kinda surprised though – I’d have thought that scanning 7000 cars would be all part of a normal day’s work for the RAPID fleet, not the result of any type of special effort. My understanding of the RAPID technology is that none of the equipped cars should have any dramas scanning each and every car they come across in Canberra traffic, and surely these cars would spend a lot of time every day driving around scanning merrily away. Each car scanning a few thousand plates a day shouldn’t be that uncommon?

what_the 6:45 pm 07 Oct 11

Well of course she’s an unlicensed Learner, how can you be a licensed learner when you’re on a permit?? Who writes these things? At least it didn’t have alleged in it fifty billion times for things that are actual facts.

And if police are concerned about the rising number of unregistered cars, maybe they should have a chat to the ACT RTA, I just got renewal – $800 for a 4 cylinder and $600 for my motorcycle. No surprises in the rise of unregistered when the rego fee is catching up to the unregistered fine.

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