Motorists to blame for rising rate of car-tram collisions
Three cars a day are crashing into trams and motorists are nearly always at fault.
Would you turn your car in front of a herd of stampeding rhinos? Melbourne motorists do something equally as silly every day – turning in front of trams weighing up to 50 tonnes, the equivalent of about 40 rhinos.
An average of three cars a day collide with trams and almost all these crashes are the motorist’s fault. And figures show the number of tram-car crashes are on the rise.
Transport Safety Victoria figures show that in 2018 there were 1122 crashes involving trams and cars, resulting in 20 tram passengers suffering serious injuries and accounting for 80 per cent of all injuries on public transport that year. Its figures show the frequency of this type of crash has steadily increased, with 818 crashes in 2014.