From November 1st, 2012, the road rules for the state of NSW will change on a number of levels. One of the changes will be in regards to the use of a mobile phone; essentially, a driver cannot touch their phone whilst on the move. In some quarters this is being seem as over the top and draconian. To a point, those calls are correct, as most drivers are competent enough to be able to deal with more than one task at a time. On the other side of the equation is this: those drivers that have crashed whilst using a mobile weren’t that good a driver in the first place. Sure, driving a car PROPERLY entails a measure of using your senses and analysing the input….but the drivers that crash simply don’t and/or can’t. Does this make the law fair or unfair?
Some common sense applies; if a pedestrian is on the road with a signalled crossing, if the signal changes to yellow or red, the pedestrian is allowed to continue without penalty. Gee…generous.
One of the major changes is in regards to indicating and roundabouts. This area is one that simply confuses the hell out of drivers, whereas in fact, it’s one of the simplest things to do. For the benefit of around 95% of Sydney drivers, the indicators are operated by moving a lever mounted to the steering column and operated by moving your fingers to said column and causing it to move up or down. This then causes lights at the corner of your car to flash, telling other drivers which direction you intend to go. Surprisingly, most cars, trucks and even the occasional police vehicle have faulty levers….
The law when it comes to roundabouts will be: indicate left or right before coming into the roundabout. The driver must now indicate left to show they are exiting the roundabout, even if it’s a four way roundabout. It’s pretty much guaranteed that it’s the last part that will confuse people. Guaranteed.
Check the link to see the full list: http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/usingroads/downloads/nsw_road_rules_2012.pdf