Obey the yellow – yeah, right.
Driving down Glenferrie Rd at 6:45 yesterday morning, I found myself stuck behind a number 16 heading North. It was limping along at 15km/h as it does every day – so it wasn’t faulty. With so many cars parked in the lane we’re supposed to drive in, I had to join the queue of people who couldn’t pass it.
Why does it move so slowly? Does the driver receive some sort of bonus for delaying everyone or is he/she trying to stick to an ill-planned timetable which hasn’t allowed for the relative lack of passengers waiting along the route?
Traffic congestion in Melbourne has reached its deliberately planned peak and our ever-fumbling government now wants to burden us with a tax for daring to get from A to B. While it won’t solve the problem completely, here’s an idea for you… Forget all the nonsensical sentiment and get rid of the trams – replace them with buses!
While the Tramway and Omnibus company were visionaries that provided our wonderful city with this portion of our public transport system, they for reasons I cannot fathom, positioned them in the center of the road. So wherever a tram shares the road with other motorists, every time it stops to let people off, it forces all forward traffic to halt.
When combined with extra traffic lights, speed humps and reduced speed limits everywhere, it’s no wonder Victoria is no longer on the move.