Passing Stationary Trams
Last edited 17/06/2017 - 11:07 by 1 other user
I travel on the 72 tram route every weekday and share the tram with a wide range of passengers, including children on their way to school.
In the last 2 years i have nearly been hit by cars driving past the tram as i was embarking or disembarking at least 6-7 times, sometimes traveling at relatively low speeds, simply ignoring passengers, or traveling at speeds of 50-60 KM to get past the tram.
I have also witnessed various other passengers nearly fall victim to drivers nearly mowing them down for sake of getting to their next red light quicker…
Putting aside my frustration of how my own personal safety has repeatedly jeopardized for a moment. I am a father, and my daughter will no doubt be put into the same dangerous position when riding trams when she begins going to school. This scared me to death.
It is illegal for a car to pass a tram which has stopped and opened its doors. Yarra Trams staff can and do report vehicles for passing stationary trams and these reports are forwarded to Victoria Police for their action.
You must stop level with the rear of a tram at a tram stop until the doors close and passengers have cleared the road. Fine $292
Once the tram's doors are closed and it is safe to proceed, you must not exceed 10km/h while passing a stationary tram at a tram stop. Fine $292
What baffles me is why trams simply don't have cameras installed on them to capture drivers committing these crimes? And it is a crime, a crime that could very easily result in the loss of someones life.
I'm sure that many drivers will voice their frustration of having to deal with trams on the road, and it is a frustration i experience myself as a driver… However i do not value the saving of a few seconds i would potentially save by getting past a tram over the potential injury, or loss of life of another human being.