Percrime wrote:None of which has anything whatsover to do with what I was saying. Or to put it another way. Hmmmm cconvincing arguament. Go drive another 2 million klicks in heavy traffic and come back and make it again.
You obey the rules and you don't get fined, it is quite simple. I've never asked a taxi driver to break the law, drive an unroadworthy car, or pass a physical competancy test. However if they cannot drive the car correctly because they fail any of the above - sorry i'm out.
Percrime wrote:I should point out that following your perfectly rational arguament would ensure even more inexperienced cab drivers on the road. Is it just me or is that totally blindingly obvious to all? Make it harder to keep a cab licence and you will only ever have beginners. And the other self regulating thing that happens is that owners wont hire drivers with a high accident record if they can avoid it. If you have a smaller pool of drivers then guess what? And yeah they would rather have someone in the car who is likely to have an accident than have the car empty in the majority of cases.
See above - drive safely and within the law and deal with the restrictions that it places on you. If you don't agree with them, either don't drive or lobby to have them changed - don't break them. It truly is that simple.
Percrime wrote:And I dont really want to hear your stories of D$%#head cab drivers. Hell I have heaps of them .. And before I have a go at you lycra louts for running red lights perhaps you should wake up and have a look at yourself.
Yup I will thanks for the offer. I stop at every red light on my commute and recreational cycles - why? It is the law. Also it benefits my safety to stop at a red light.
Whats funny though - I only have stores of "D$%#head cab drivers" from Melbourne. I've caught heaps of taxi's in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, LA, San Francisco, San Diego, London and Amsterdam. I can tell you the only ones that scare me witless are in Melbourne.
Percrime wrote:I loved the bit about the choice they make to work those shifts. Clearly you are in favour of the new workplace agreement laws. Yeah everyone I know makes a choice to work up to 36 hours straight. Its a thing of joy. Sheesh......
Tell me - assuming i'm not being fed a bag of lies here, how does someone who looks about 30 years old (maybe 35) - end up driving a taxi when they have done a Masters within an IT discipline? You want to know why? they apply for $100k with no experience to back up the qualifications and get knocked back - but at not willing to do the base yards as a 'junior'. Yet this same person is willing to drive a taxi rather than get ground floor experience.
But that last question is off the topic of this. Basically the point is I got ganged up on by two taxi drivers while I was riding within the law last night. I have since notified the taxi company and my local police station. Will it get followed up on? no real idea. Since I was able to keep pace with the taxi's in traffic at we arrived at the same stop lights - I guess they are lucky they didn't get someone that was riding a bike because their licence was revoked due to road rage.
Anyone less restrained could have easily kicked in body panels, smashed a window and pissed off in traffic down a side street never to be seen again.
My original purpose of this post was not to have a go at taxi's so much but to relate my own potential of an accident when I was doing the right thing. Perhaps I should have just anonymised the cars and not called them taxi's. The point of this thread was the generate true discussion about how to fix the so called SMIDSY effect on cyclists. Hence my call at the bottom of the thread for BV to lobby and flex some muscle on an advertising campaign before someone else gets hit from behind and ends up in TAC care.
I've read too many newspaper articles in the past fortnight in regards to people being knocked down or left for dead by cars. With more and more cyclists to hit the road from September, the time to fix this is now.
I think we can all agree on that last point.