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Journeys : Oct Nov 2010
12 October / November 2010 In our community Who has right-of-way? Could someone out there tell me if there are different road r ules here in Tasmania from those in the rest of Australia? Each morning my husband and I travel dow n Proctors Road at Dynnyrne then head dow n King Street to the intersection and traffic lights at Sandy Bay Road, we then turn left onto Sandy Bay Road going towards the city, as do a lot of others. Now here's where it seems to get tricky for some drivers. Every mor ning the traffic coming in the opposite direction to us, (up past the post office, Dome cafe etc) tur n right on to Sandy Bay Road, thinking they have the right of way over those of us coming down from Dynnyr ne when, according to the road r ules and regulations, they don't. I don't know how many times there have been near collisions at that intersection, so please drivers don't cut across the oncoming traffic! Maybe new traffic lights could be erected incorporating a couple of ar rows or alter natively, add arrows to the already existing traffic lights. That way we could , one would hope, have a problem-free intersection. Roslyn Bridge Tolmans Hill Your views Roslyn, you are quite correct with your understanding of the road r ules. Oncoming traffic turning right must give way to traffic turning left. An even worse example of this situation is traffic heading up Liverpool Street and turning right into Harrington Street, not giving way to those travelling down and turning left. The one way situation in Liverpool below Harrington compounds the situation, but the same rule applies. R ACT has previously raised the operation of this intersection with DIER but at this stage there are no plans we are aware of to change it. The Government has however committed to a road rules education campaign and we will add this one to the list. Darren Moody General Manager, Roadside and Technical Services Excellent service My husband and I had decided to take a much longed-for trip in our caravan, planning to travel as far north in Queensland as my husband's health would allow. In May I called into the Glenorchy Branch of RACT and spoke to Jenny Fulton, the Team Leader at Travelworld. I explained that my husband was terminally ill and had special needs, also that I would be driving and towing the caravan and I was just a bit ner vous. After a few phone calls Jenny had us booked into a disability cabin and she even thought about what day would be best to arrive in Melbourne, so I didn't have to wor ry about heavy traffic. Jenny also gave me her business card and said when we were ready to come home, call her and she would ar range all the bookings for us. Unfortunately I had to cancel our trip as my husband passed away at the end of May. I would like to say thank you to Jenny -- nothing seemed to be a trouble to her and she could not do enough for us. I was am a zed at the ser vice I received and I was given a refund with only a small fee taken for expenses. I will use R ACT Travelworld Glenorchy in future and will be telling my friends what good ser vice R ACT Travelworld gives to their customers. A A Davidson Brighton Trip planner a gem Having recently been alerted to the R ACT's Trip Planner (shame on my ignorance considering my 50 years' membership and tourism-related connections!) I am compelled to emphasise to other members how useful and user- friendly it is in calculating road trip distances, times and route alter natives. I have introduced the site to other volunteers at the Burnie Makers' Workshop Tourism Infor mation Centre as another available tool quickly to service inquiries and I hope the message is also spreading to tourists. Allan Leeson Burnie What's the problem? Icannot understand why people appear to be confused by the End Limit signs. Personally, if I don't understand a situation out on the road, a road rule or a road sign, I take the initiative and consult the Road Laws. These are freely available for dow nload from the DIER website and Tasmanian Legislation online, as well as in print at Ser vice Tasmania. End Limit sign s are not solely a Tasmanian DIER idea. These signs are being progressively implemented across Australia and have been listed in the Australian Standards since 2001. End Limit or de-restriction sign s are also common across Europe upon leaving r ural villages. My personal experiences while driving are that many motorists have a mentality to drive as close to the posted speed limit as possible. They see a number, and drive to the number and not to the road conditions. I believe that the End Limit signs encourage motorists to slow down, drive to the conditions, and drive at a speed one is comfortable with. I would much prefer this scenario on our r ural roads, than motorists
Aug Sep 2010