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23rd February 2016Bridge strikes - action needed!
Providing you are not living under a rock, or concerned with political coups, you no doubt noticed that there was a very serious bridge strike in Melbourne yesterday.
A bus was topped, fortunately only minor injuries this time.http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/bus-crashes-in-south-melbourne-trapping-commuters-20160221-gmzyko.html
There was also a bridge strike at Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast Line yesterday as well, disrupting services ( http://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=1862.msg169624#msg169624
We have been advocating for years now for some real action to help get this scourge under control. It will take firm action from here.
This what needs to happen, and happen fast in our opinion.
1. First offence, 3-6 months automatic licence suspension with fine, and cost recovery. 2nd life with cost recovery. This might focus some minds.
2. Education campaigns, bridge protection and warnings in all its guises, transport company be responsible for ensuring drivers have safe routes as well as the driver acknowledging their height and loads, and documented safe route selection
. The placement of more protective beams will stop strikes on actual bridge structures themselves, but vehicle operators still manage to drive into them with chaos following. Repetitive bridge strikes might well weaken structures to a point of unpredictable collapse.
3. In cab warning devices if all else fails - alarm, preferably a loud klaxon sounds in cab if an oversize vehicle approaches a low level bridge, be it rail over road, or road over road, pedestrian over road.
The bridge that was struck by the bus in Melbourne has been struck at least 95 times (yes 95 times) in the last six years.
Doing nothing from here is not an option.
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