Readers’ views on the 40km/h trial in Hutt Street, bushfires and double-decker buses.
MICHAEL O’NEIL: The 40km/h trial is a failure as all frequent road users of Hutt Street will attest (Lower city speed limit? May as well, says Fox, InDaily, 20 January 2014).
Traffic light changes mean there is no actual flow of traffic. You go from one red light to the next red light, with cars adjacent in both lanes, and it is far more difficult for a driver in the right lane who wants to move to the left to travel up Halifax, Carrington or Angas Street to do so. We have councils setting speed limits, State Government as well, we have confusing anomalies all over the city precinct and the state without any real justification. We have speed zones that go from 60 to 50 for a short distance and then 60 again. Little wonder that the Transport Minister suggests that we just default to 40km/h as the problem is too hard to fix.
JUDY MELBOURNE: I would think the best way to learn how to protect houses/farm buildings and animals from pending bushfires would be to have a good study made of what actually did save houses/buildings and animals in the current bout of fires throughout Australia (Bushfires: Rural residents the solution, no the problem, InDaily, 20 January 2014). Some homes appear to have been surrounded yet came out OK; the same for animals and buildings. Wouldn’t an in depth study of this help?
BILL DENNY, Independent ‘Your Voice Matters’ candidate for the Legislative Council: These new “double decker” buses sound fantastic! They almost double existing capacity! Air conditioned! Disability Access! Maybe even WiFi! Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Your excitement could well be curbed somewhat when you realize that over the last 12 months up to 30% of our metropolitan bus services ran late or did not arrive at all.
This creates a shameful situation where our vulnerable senior citizens could be waiting at a bus stop in 40C heat knowing that one in three buses will arrive late or not at all.
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