The Transport Accident Commission in Victoria has been caught, again, producing an expensive media campaign that is just plain wrong.
It seems like only yesterday when TAC made that terrible TV ad on motorcycles & scooters. They got that wrong too. Consultation with users was token. The motorbike ad was withdrawn. The latest bicycle ad was too.
How could a corporation like TAC get it so wrong ... twice???
Well, these campaigns are taxpayer funded so there is little incentive to get it right there. TAC CTP insurance is a compulsory product and TAC has a monopoly.
Then there's the TAC Board. It has never, to my knowledge, filled all 9 seats. It has a high turnover so the part time board members are mostly not very experienced in TAC operations. And, the board members that attend meetings are administrators and financiers skilled at balancing books and keen on corporate image.
There's little or no road safety or transport expertise on the TAC Board.
It is time to review the way the TAC works and let the Auditor General study what TAC does with our taxes and premiums.
In my opinion TAC should concentrate more on helping crash victims and their families and less on expensive media campaigns, sponsorships and corporate image. If they must make TV ads etc., at least get it right. Victorians pay a lot of money for the TAC. They and TAC front line staff deserve a lot better.
BICYCLE RIDERS BLAME CAR DRIVERS for the majority of pushbike crashes.
Motorcycle & scooter riders also blame car drivers for the majority of casualty crashes. The science supports both motorcyclists and bicyclists claims about the cause of most road crashes being due to car driver error.
The difference between pushbike and motorbike riders safety claims is close to nil in on-road situations. But when Victorian motorcycle or scooter riders complain about car driver negligence or aggression we get VicPol telling the media that riders are to blame for 86% of bike crashes and the TAC putting about that motorbike riders are 34 or 36 or 41% more likely to get hurt on their bikes than drivers are in their cars.
I admit it was late but I think I heard a Monash University Professor (first name Rob?) say that when robot cars came in driving should become illegal!
This bloke was an "ethisist". I gather that's an academic with a licence to pontificate about everything even if he/she is totally ignorant of the subject being discussed.
Personally, I resent automatic gear boxes because they remove control of the vehicle from the operator. Don't get me started on cruise control and sat nav and all the rest of the reduce-human-involvement product they want to sell us. Blokes like Rob are social engineers for hire.
His call to ban human involvement in the driving (and presumably riding) task is based on opinion and what will get on TV, NOT science. This is an opportunity to pontificate on possible gizmology, probably for a fee, that Monash, and other, academics are not shy of leaping to. Like the conclusions they leap to when telling us that wire rope barriers are good for us.
CAR CRAZY is right. (H/S 28/7/2017) Melbourne is one giant smelly traffic jam.
Good on the Herald Sun for printing the ABS figures showing 500,000 more vehicles on our roads in five years. Too many cars are bad for productivity and bad for health.
The ABS figures do not show that more than half the cars on our streets are oversized 4WDs/SUVs. They don’t show that three quarters of all private cars carry just one person. They don’t show that many trips are unnecessary. This car boom is as nonsensical as the “yank tank” madness in the 1960s.
Solutions include more people walking, bicycling, riding motorcycles & scooters and travelling by tram, train or bus.
Part of these solutions must be a reform of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). Compulsory third party (CTP) insurance premiums don't reflect the efficiency of privately owned vehicles or the space they take up. So bicycles no premium, motorbikes & scooters 20% of the current rate and cars according to size, efficiency the largest and dirtiest paying a lot more than they do now.
Independent Riders Group
Just an after thought. If they can find stats on which houses, where, have 4 or more cars, why can't they find out how many motorcycle & scooter riders have paid the unfair TAC tax more than once?