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The Compliance Targeting Team unveiled – Unregistered drivers beware!

By johnboy - 3 November 2008 47

ACT Policing has announced the formation of a “Compliance Targeting Team (CTT), comprising of ACT Policing officers and ACT Government representatives will target unregistered, uninsured and defective vehicles and unlicensed drivers on Canberra’s main arterial roads through the highly-successful RAPID plate-recognition system.”

Unsurprisingly it turns out that people driving unregistered vehicles are also much more likely to warrant further attention than drivers who can keep their rego up to date.

    “Unlicensed drivers in unregistered or uninsured vehicles are disproportionately represented in national fatal motor vehicle statistics,” Supt Colbran said.

    “Injuries suffered as a result of a collision involving an uninsured vehicle may not be covered by third party insurance leading to lengthy judicial processes to recoup medical expenses and damage.

    “Drivers who ignore the basics of registering their car, are more likely to ignore other road rules, placing other drivers at risk.

    “The earlier these drivers are detected, the safer it is for everyone”,

I think the vast majority of us will be pleased that picking up the unregistered is going to become a systemic process.

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The Compliance Targeting Team unveiled – Unregistered drivers beware!
niftydog 3:13 pm 03 Nov 08

AG Canberra said :

…did they really have to inconvenience thousands of us in the process???

High profile policing – hopefully they scared the gelato out of a few offenders who narrowly missed being inspected.

Gerry-Built 3:08 pm 03 Nov 08

I wonder if this is what was going on yesterday off Ginninderra Drive in Latham? Police had cones set up opposite Companion Drive, Flynn and had amassed a large number of cars in the hour or two they were set up!

An unmarked (but all-too obvious) Police car was set up near the corner of Kingsford Smith and Ginninderra, with some sort of camera, and about 500-700 meters on, a group of 6-10 police were herding occasional cars of the road. Obviously, some people had been asked to leave their cars and walk 😉

youami 3:03 pm 03 Nov 08

Excellent news! We get to remember another TLA! But on a more serious note, I pay my registration and license to drive so I totally support the move to crack down on recalcitrants. The only problem I have is WRT (another TLA if you noticed) speed limits on ACT (a TLA) roads. NRMA (a FLA) did a survey in NSW (a TLA) with the Government about speed limits and the fact that there are too many and not consistent. In the ACT they are not consistent and not representative of the road and conditions. ok ok, I really just wanted to say make Adelaide Av and Yarra Glen 100k and Tuggeranong Parkway, Monaro etc, 110k. And on the reverse side, Alinga St, Bunda St, etc, are all 50k, reduce them to 40k.

AG Canberra 3:00 pm 03 Nov 08

This little “force” was in action on the Monaro Highway last week – at 5.30pm.

Now I’m all for getting bombs off the road but why do the insepctions on a major arterial during peak hour? The traffic was banked back to Hindmarsh from Rose Cottage….yes they are doing a worthy job but did they really have to inconvenience thousands of us in the process???

ant 2:56 pm 03 Nov 08

This initiative is long overdue. As mentioned in the article, if you are involved in a crash with an unregistered vehicle, you’ll have to stump up to pay for your own costs adn then legally pursue the other driver. Third party in particular is to pay your costs when you are rendered quadriplegic etc and if they’re unregisterd, they don’t have third party.

If civvies are doing the speed checks, there ought to be enough police left over to start looking at the rubbish happening on the roads. Like idiots who think you can go 3/4 of the way around a roundabout in the outside lane, ye gods. I saw someone in Qbn do this the other day (at the Red Rooster roundabout), and they were wearing ACT plates.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:50 pm 03 Nov 08

Unregistered but roadworthy cars should be confiscated and used for driver training purposes.

p1 2:39 pm 03 Nov 08

Unregistered cars should be impounded for 3 months.

Or if deemed roadworthy (ie not needing repair) they should be impounded until registered.

Pandy 2:23 pm 03 Nov 08

And when they are caught escaping arrest they should be maced and zapped to teach them a lesson.

poptop 2:11 pm 03 Nov 08

So the AFP and miscellaneous ACT bureaucrats are going to identify unregistered cars and unlicenced drivers? I presume they will then chase these miscreants at high speed for extended periods with lights and sirens and sound and fury.

Sounds like we’ll have a high old time on the arterial roads for a while.

Look twice before proceeding through those intersections, people.

Pandy 2:02 pm 03 Nov 08

Unregistered cars should be impounded for 3 months.

Granny 2:00 pm 03 Nov 08

Yes, I agree with that.

justbands 1:58 pm 03 Nov 08

> The old system wasn’t so good at picking up the unregistered as much as making it much more painful to be registered.

Did a much better job of keeping defective vehicles off the road though…a stated aim of this team.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:42 pm 03 Nov 08

Great news, about time they tackled this issue.

johnboy 1:41 pm 03 Nov 08

The old system wasn’t so good at picking up the unregistered as much as making it much more painful to be registered.

justbands 1:40 pm 03 Nov 08

> I think the vast majority of us will be pleased that picking up the unregistered is going to become a systemic process.

Yes, it’s great to be nearly back to the point we were at 20 years ago!

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