Melbourne’s Swanston Street: once upon a time you could drive down it, until last year when four new platform stops were built to make it easier for passengers to board trams.
One would think these new obstructions to traffic would make it impossible for motorists to accidentally drive down the road, but it seems that the universe is quite capable of creating an even more clueless form of idiot.
Some dingbats have trouble understanding the ‘don’t queue through an intersection’ concept.
This person figured queuing across the intersection in front of a police car was a good idea. (unfortunately they didn’t get booked – see footnote…)
With tram stops or pedestrian malls on all sides, I’m not how the hell this red car ended up at the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets headed south, but they managed to block a westbound tram for a minute or so.
This moron from north of the border drove west through the middle of the Bourke Street tram stop, then south into Swanston Street.
The other platform stops along Swanston Street present a similar challenge to other clueless motorists, who attempt to follow tram along the tracks.
But this P plater takes the cake: she drove right through the bike path section of the Bourke Street stop.
With concrete blocks guarding the narrowed entrance and exit of the platforms, along with ‘bike lane’ signage, anybody with a clue would have noticed that they were heading the wrong way and had second thoughts.
Somebody on Twitter reminded me of this incident in October 2012, when a taxi tried to drive with one wheel on the tracks and the other on the platform stop, getting stuck and blocking trams for a few hours
Victoria Police seem more than happy to have regular blitzes at CBD intersections to book pedestrians to jaywalk – how come they never both booking motorists who queue through intersections? An idiot pedestrian is only going to injure themselves, but inconsiderate motorists block trams full of dozen of people, and cause gridlock on adjoining streets.