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- garry on Students told to take off Poppy Sack the teacher for imparting there own views on the children. How disgustingly disrespectful of our fallen fathers.I could ... more
- Tess on 'It can happen to anyone' I year it was NOT AN ACCIDENT IT WAS A DELIBERATE ONCE SHE CHOSE TO DRIVE ....... and she gets congratulated and rewarded ... more
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- Graeme Porter on 'It can happen to anyone' Could somebody look at these wire traffic barriers that are being installed everywhere. On the South Gippsland Highway the ... more
- marypenny on 'It can happen to anyone' yea yea yea!allthese rogue booze filled drivers are having a revival and are all successful whatever.Yea we can do it! ... more
- Sean Murphy on Students told to take off Poppy Last time I looked a poppy was not a religious item nor was a bracelet. Where did this teacher get the idea that Remembrance ... more
- Rachel on 'It can happen to anyone' This is a brilliant campaign. Amanda is making such a statement in sharing this story.I frequently attend functions and then ... more
- Gloria on Students told to take off Poppy I am an RSL Poppy Seller and I find this story incredible.What is this teachers background? more
- Irish on Students told to take off Poppy Disgraceful! I hope the principal doesn't take the side of the teacher concerned but as usual the minority win don't they? more
- johnson on Students told to take off Poppy who's...Poppy's...hmmm...looks like the ten year old is not the only one in need of schooling more
- PatQuickCrazy on Students told to take off Poppy Seriously, who are we catering for here?? This is outrageous! Sack the teacher I say! more
- Kate on Students told to take off Poppy So should the teacher now ignore all of the school policies just in case a parent decides their child should be an exception ... more
- Daniel on Students told to take off Poppy So there is a kid wearing a piece of jewellery which he shouldn't be wearing and a teacher confiscates it ... Fair and ... more
- Carl Thompson on Students told to take off Poppy If one of my children was at that school the teacher would get a crowbar around the ears. I hope that there is a patriot ... more
- Dave on Students told to take off Poppy What was the teachers nationality.????It could explain a bit. more
- Eejay 68 on Students told to take off Poppy How unaustralian of this teacher. The wearing of poppies/badges should be encouraged in schools for the week of the event. more
- Vicki simpson on Students told to take off Poppy I've had kids going there for the last 17 year the school has always sold Anzac badges and have sold Poppy's as well the ... more
- Peggy on 'These women have shaken us up' Why should any murder be considered average? The victim is still dead and the impact on the family is just as great so why ... more
- Gloria on Breakfast clubs for schools And how do they determine whether the children are disadvantaged or the parents just plain lazy. more
- Susie on Breakfast clubs for schools Parents get money from Centrelink to do this yet they spend elsewhere. School breakfast program started here years ago when ... more
Motorcyclists call for lane filtering, Police remain to be convinced
Motorcyclists are calling for legislation to allow for filtering in order to ease congestion on Victoria’s roads, but Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay says he remains to be convinced that the practice won’t see an increase in road trauma.
Speaking with Neil Mitchell, John Eacott from the Victorian Motorcycle Council said filtering was different to lane splitting, which sees a motorcycle moving through slow-moving or stationary traffic to reduce congestion as opposed to high speed traffic, and was encouraged in many countries throughout the world.
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Mr Eacott said UK Police ran training courses on filtering for motorcyclists, and France was on the precipice of introducing it into their road laws.
"It benefits everyone; I just can't understand why it should be perceived as an issue such that it doesn't get encouraged," he said.
Mr Eacott said a Belgian study showed motorcycles reduced road congestion – if 10 per cent of vehicles on roads were two-wheeled, congestion would be reduced by 40 per cent.
"Filtering is just an adjunct of safe use of motorcycles in order to get them through the traffic, out of the way," he said.
However Police Chief Ken Lay said the vital information on how it will affect road trauma was missing.
"Whilst it's great to make the traffic flow better, and I understand a whole host of reasons why that should occur, show me the data that says this isn't going to kill and seriously injure more people," he said.
"My understanding is the Parliamentary Inquiry is actually recommended that some sort of pilot be run so we can actually get that data.
"Show me the research, let's make sure we're not hurting people and then we can go forward with it."
LISTEN: John Eacott from the Victorian Motorcycle Council speaks with Neil Mitchell:
Most motorcyclists do not have the slow riding skills to competently filter in traffic. The systems for putting riders on the road have not taken this into account. But they certainly believe their skills are far superior than is evidenced. Just another political ploy by activists with no regard to improving rider onus on safety.David Monday 20 May, 2013 - 8:01 PM
If Motorcyclists and Scooter riders has the opportunity to access bike lanes in the City than they could readily lane filtering and move to the front without any risk to road safety.
Te Government should allow lane filtering with the City of Melbourne and then look at the data to see if it compromises road safety. Lane filtering only occurs when cars are stationary or moving slowly (less than 10km a hour) at intersections..Melbcity Thursday 18 April, 2013 - 3:12 PM
Good question jay. Line Filtering, I assume, is allowing the motorbike to go down between lanes to ge to the front at traffic lights or move through jammed traffic. Without being allowed to "line filter' all advantages except fuel economy are extinguished. I rode a bike for five years in jakarta and I didn't ever see an accident caused by 'LF'. There should be actual motorbike-only lanes. A bike only needs a metre.jim morris Wednesday 23 January, 2013 - 9:43 PM
The atitude of drivers in Melb has a lot to do with why lane filtering is not as safe as other countries. In other countries drivers are motorbike / scooter / bicycle and pedestrian aware. In Melb it is none of the above. Teach motorists what drivers in other countries already do. Gia in Port Moresby. PNG.Gia Mann Sunday 23 December, 2012 - 3:49 PM
I am flabbergasted that Ken Lay claimed not to know the difference between splitting and filtering, he has been in the top job and co-ordinating motorcycle counter-measures long enough to know. By the way, I thought the Chief Commissioner's job was to implement, not determine the rules of the State.Dazzler Saturday 15 December, 2012 - 2:34 PM
Motorcyles; are hard to see when they filter on the left side of a moving semi not so long ago one rider was killed doing this near the westgate>..Steve Saturday 15 December, 2012 - 11:03 AM