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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wire rope barriers don't stop larger vehicles

Another crash where wire rope barriers fail to protect oncoming traffic. This time in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria. How many people have to die before road authorities admit their deadly mistake.

At Yatala near Brisbane on July 24, 2006, a female driver died, 8 other car occupants went to hospital and 6 cars were destroyed in a similar crash to this Latrobe Valley crash.

Check the Gold Coast Bulletin and the Brisbane Courier Mail. The RACQ went on the TV news calling for wire rope barriers to be replaced with stronger barriers. The manufacturers told reporters that wire rope barriers were not designed to stop larger vehicles.

In a 2008 crash, a car crossed a wire rope barrier at Doveton on the Monash Freeway near Melbourne and ploughed intro oncoming traffic. Miraculously, no one died.

At least 7 motorcyclists have died at Australian wire rope barrier sites this decade.

New 3 strand wire rope barriers on the new Eastlink toll road do not even meet VicRoads safety standards, let alone European safety standards.

Some EU countries have banned wire rope barriers.

VicRoads knows the dangers associated with wire rope barriers.

By Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Lobbyist.

posted by RJC at

Monday, July 21, 2008

$100,000 bikes stolen to order by Sydney thieves

THIEVES are scouring Sydney stealing motorbikes "on demand" for criminals to strip for parts, with rare and expensive machines targeted.

Police have set up a strike force to investigate the theft of 1032 bikes this year with the theft of 10 rare machines, worth $100,000, already identified as possibly linked.

The rare bikes have been stolen from the North Sydney and Northern Beaches area, according to police from strike force Hooley.

"They (have been) stolen from basement parking in unit blocks and in main streets in North Sydney commercial areas," Detective Inspector Andrew Waterman said.

Most of the rare bikes were Yamaha R1 and R6 models while others were Suzukis and Hondas.

The bikes are being stolen for parts and are probably being ordered by motorbike rebirthers, according to Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham from the Property Crime Squad.

"It would probably make sense that they are, we haven't found any evidence to that end," he said.

"Because they are high performance they are being targeted."

Police have targeted motorbike theft because only 30 per cent are recovered, against 70 per cent of cars.

Article by Gemma Jones

posted by RJC at

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Eastlink Toll Protest - Saturday, July 5, 2008

Riders of motorcycles & scooters, sidecars & trikes will assemble on Saturday, July 5 2008 to protest against motorcycle road tolls, Victoria's failure to plan for the increased use of 2-wheelers for commuting and recreation and its' antibike policies, laws and taxes.

posted by KOZ at


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