Posted by: Scott
Posted: 31st Aug 2011
Ok, first, licensing in Australia is a joke, it's far too easy, and it's been getting easier. Second, getting a gold license in Australia is far too easy. Third, there is no compulsory retesting for licenses, despite the fact that road rules change - there is NEVER another knowledge test to make sure drivers actually know the new rules.
If the government(s) of Australia actually cared about road safety, they'd make licensing requirements much higher, and REQUIRE compulsory driver training by accredited driving schools, rather than just allowing your mum who nips down to the shops once a week to teach you how to drive!
I will give the NSW government _some_ credit - they have set up a website to try and address all the stupid speed limit zones, where they jump around in the space of a few hundred meters. I hit one on the weekend - a 60 zone that changed to a 70 zone that changed to a 40 zone (school days only) back to 70 in the space of a few hundred meters. Why the government could leave the 70 zone for a few more meters is beyond me? Hopefully that will be addressed.
I have to admit, slow cars in the right lane on _any_ road is a pet hate of mine. I always make an effort to pass cars doing that on a dual carriageway and give them a dirty look on the way past. But I'm sure it won't change their behaviour... it's just driven by selfishness or complete lack of awareness, or both. Like those same people who leave a few meters space between them and the car in front and block a slip lane... it takes a toot to wake them up. Reply