Your say April 2017

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Glow worms cartoon

Light entertainment
Make them wear proper clothes
I hope rail link takes flight
Paint the roads
Monash madness
Fine the boss
Get visible
Milestone town?
Get into line
Stats tell story
Give me dash-cam

Light entertainment

That was an interesting story about Lake Elizabeth, near Forrest (“Landslide Victory”, RA, February), written by Anson Cameron. Maybe Anson didn’t know as it could be a local secret, but towards the end of that walk up on the embankment there are lots of glow worms, which provide a really pretty display at dusk.

Tricia Read, Torquay

Make them wear proper clothes

As an older returning rider I could not agree more with your article (“Two-wheel toll”, RA, March). I had a 10-year break and resumed riding when I retired at 61. I did a refresher course and when riding and driving I see many riders crossing unbroken lines and splitting traffic in an unsafe manner. Of great concern are riders and pillion passengers wearing shorts, tank tops, singlets and thongs. There should be a law requiring pillion passengers to at least wear shoes, a full-sleeve jacket and long pants. While not offering the protection of full riding leathers, this would be better than nothing. At the end of the day the one thing you cannot legislate against is stupidity.

Dan Mckee, Doreen

I hope rail link takes flight

Given that the world is on a “light rail” bandwagon (“Make Light Work”, RA, March), it is clever of the Airshuttle consortium to market its proposal as “light rail”, even though it wouldn’t run on rails. It is a form of Group Rapid Transit, medium-sized shared automated vehicles running on a guideway.

Guideway transit has been proposed (and feasible) since the 1970s but has faltered because of lack of boldness by governments, and opposition to overhead structures. An Australian company tried for years to market a system called Austrans, but couldn’t overcome decision makers’ fondness for the 19th-century technology that is light rail.

I wish Airshuttle every success; it is a more visionary proposal than another railway line out to Tullamarine – but where are they going to get 40,000 passengers an hour from?

Dr Ray Brindle, Editor, Road and Transport Research, Malmsbury

Paint the roads

I read with interest the letter from Frank Graham (“What’s the Limit”, RA, March), where he says there are little or no speed limit signs in some areas and suggests VicRoads colour-code the lines on the road to a particular speed, so you immediately know the speed limit.

About five years ago I wrote to Vic Roads suggesting that. The reply said VicRoads has done a lot of testing to ascertain the correct line colours and white was best and VicRoads would not entertain line colour changes. In this day of fluorescent paints, I believe this proposal could be revisited.

Don Bain, Vermont

Monash madness

When is this madness on the Monash going to end? The current rules on one section of the freeway where trucks are forbidden from the outer lane, but restricted to 90km/h in all inner lanes, means that all inner lanes are effectively restricted to 90km/h and cars held up by trucks in these lanes must all funnel through the outer lane to overtake.

Why can’t we restrict all trucks to the inner lane at 90km/h and only be allowed into the adjacent lane to overtake, then immediately return to the inner lane. The slower inner lane can also be used by all vehicles not wishing to travel at the speed limit

Similar rules to this are in place overseas, and from first-hand experience are a safer option for all types of vehicles.

Adriaan Maan, Rye

Fine the boss

To help deter some people using mobile phones while driving, perhaps the employer of a person caught using their mobile phone for business-related matters could also be issued with a fine? This would encourage those employers to install hands-free technology or insist that their employees don’t use their phones for business-related matters while driving.

Chris Drummond, Trafalgar

Get visible

How disappointing your article “A Tale of Two Cyclists” (RA, February) didn’t stress the importance of high-visibility clothing when cycling on roads with other traffic.

As a motorist and a bike rider, I think it should be mandatory for cyclists to wear hi-viz clothing. I want to be seen when riding, and to clearly see cyclists when I’m driving a car.

Yvonne Carr, Southbank

Milestone town?

The town 262 miles north of Melbourne is Holbrook. Could this be the home of Pam Graham’s milestone on page 14 of RA (Your Say, “Remember this milestone?”, RA, March).

Margo Clarke, Burwood East

Get into line

Mr Mullett of Werribee, in his letter “Crossing the Line” (RA, February), has identified an increasing problem and nasty road hazard – vehicles on the wrong side of the road. Our household of three drivers has experienced a number of these incidents in recent months and a dozen or so in the last few years. They are memorable as typically there is only a few seconds to solve the situation if the offender does not correct their error. Also, as a cyclist I regularly see drivers overtake on blind bends and blind crests.

In none of these incidents were cameras present to record the offender.

David Smith, Ivanhoe

Stats tell story

Maree Wragg (“Change reporting”, RA, March) is spot on about the recording and reporting of road statistics.

Many years ago, when I decided to become a driving instructor, I looked at the road statistics for examples to put before pupils. Two stats stood out: the ratio of injuries to deaths (at that time eight to nine injuries per death), and that every family in Australia would experience a road accident within its lifetime. (So far, my family has experienced two.) Has anything changed?

Derek Williams, Donvale

Give me dash-cam

Janet Pountney (“Stop means stop”, RA, March) could not have put it better. Twice while using  a pedestrian crossing I have had a vehicle drive right in front of me as I crossed, as though it was their right. Even though the traffic lights were red.

There should be cameras so that the driver can be traced and fined. I am elderly and need to feel safe while using crossings. Maybe we should all carry a “dash-cam” around our necks to prove we were not breaking the law.

Thelma Morris, Deepdene

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