Category Archives: Transport traffic Safety

Bringing a car to Spain.

I need to bring a car from Dublin to Alicante, (not me actually … it’s a mate, I’m just going along for the ride).
We’re hoping to avoid the UK motorways and instead are thinking about going from Rosslare to Saint Nazaire (a twenty one hour crossing) and then continuing from there on to Gijon in Northern Spain (another sixteen hours) using LD lines who now operate ferries from Rosslare, it will cost about €800 for the two of us and the car (four berth cabin on both ferries), strangely enough it would only be about €900 for four of us so it seems we’d be better trying to make it more of a lads session, (probably not too much hope of getting the girls on board and into a four berth?), we will then be heading from Gijon to Alicante using the excellent Spanish motorway system.
We expect to be fully rested after the two ferry crossings and ready to take on the eight hour road trip, sharing the driving with as few pit stops as possible.
Have any of you done this trip or do you know of anyone that has?
How did it work out?
(Mainly the ferry crossings)
We’ve done a few road trips down the years but nothing on this scale, I don’t think the scale of it or the time involved will faze us too much as we tend to enjoy adventures of this nature, hopefully I’m not being too naive, we’ve done a few five hour ferry crossings/road trips thankfully and the friendship has survived intact.

Always Assume!

Assume that the guy reversing out of his driveway doesn’t see you and will keep coming.
Assume that a boy racer will fly through a junction at 3am even though you have a green light that suggests otherwise.
Assume the guy driving too close is going to hit you and let him pass
Assume everyone else on the road is an idiot.
It’ll serve you well!

I Spoke too Soon!

Yesterday I posted a picture of a flooded rank, tonight I was faced with rivers instead of roads!

It was difficult to navigate around the city tonight with road closures, but thankfully it was a little more lucrative than a usual Monday, much needed to replenish dwindling (nonexistent) funds

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Latest Updates
28th February 2011

Public Consultation launched on long-term strategy for transport in Greater Dublin Area
The National Transport Authority today launched an extensive public consultation on its Draft Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area. Looking ahead to the year 2030 and beyond, the Strategy and its associated environmental documents are available for download at www.2030vision.ie. Public comments and feedback are welcomed, through the consultation website, until the closing date of April 11th.

Dodgy Junctions

There are a number of these spread around Dublin, junctions were you might think you have the right of way, or even a green light but in fact you don’t.
For example:
Pembroke Street turning right on to Leeson Street;
You get a green light, the traffic you think you should be watching for (coming from Hatch Street) actually have a yield sign and must yield to you, the traffic you think should be stopped by a corresponding Red light (coming from the left down Leeson Street) actually get a Green light at the same time you do and have the right of way.
Clapeizod Road heading straight into Chapelizod Village (Knocmaroon hill)
Here the Village is the road straight ahead and a continuation of the road you’re on, When you get a Green light you might assume you can travel straight ahead without worry? But no, you must give way to traffic turning right on to Chapelizod road coming from the West.
Hume Street on to the Green
No lights, no left turn, just take your chances turning right into the outside lane of a busy 3 lane carriageway, while watching out for the odd Bus coming from the right.
Turning right from Dawson Street on to Nassau Street
Should be fairly simple but the amount of people who cross the continuous white line coming from Trinity and who park opposite the white line makes it dodgy enough.
Every long faded painted Roundabout in every housing estate or straight road.
For example, Cooley road in Drimnagh, or Strand Road in Sandymount. Rumours abound that lads watch while unsuspecting drivers approach these junctions and on signal will cause a shit heap to pull out quickly from minor roads onto these large lumps of tippex thereby causing the driver on the major road to damage the shit heap inflicting multiple stress related injuries to its occupants.

There’s 1000’s more ……………..

Timing at Traffic Junctions

a real bug bear of mine and I’m sure every other night driver is the timing of Traffic lights at junctions particularly in suburbia. Sitting at a quiet intersection at 5am with not another car in sight waiting while little green men appear to beckon all the pedestrians across safely as various filter lights appear disappear and reappear again as you watch for your permission to proceed.
It’s hard to believe there are complete departments assigned to traffic management whose sole purpose is to keep traffic moving safely around the road network, this would be a simple matter to sort out, what exactly are these people doing all day?

Elected Lord Mayor of Dublin

Election to be held in June 2010
What, if any benefit could/should this be to Taxi drivers?
It is obviously an opportunity to once again show our displeasure of the governing parties.
What power will the newly elected Lord Mayor have over the Taxi industry?
Will the elected Lord Mayor have any influence over the Taxi Commission or the soon to be appointed NTA?
Who should we lobby to insist that the Lord mayor should be allowed influence the Dublin Taxi industry.
They say the Lord mayor will earn the same salary as a cabinet minister (€220,000) and will be the CEO of Dublin City………surely this must include some control over Transport policies?……probably one of the most important issues concerning the city.
I remember Ken Livingstone made Tranport his number one priority when he became Lord Mayor of London

Meanwhile over on the forum………

During our recent inclement spell the following thoughts occurred to Swords Driver (A contributer to the Blog/Forum) –

1. Street parking where off street parking is provided, as in most estates should render the owner liable for any accidents caused by a car slipping or sliding on ice and hitting the parked vehicle.

2. Pedestrians should become liable for accidents caused by their reckless behaviour.

3. Accidents caused by speed bumps causing a vehicle to loose traction should render the local authority liable.

4. Bad weather speed restrictions need to be legislated.

5. L drivers should be barred from the roads during such times.

6. PSV (Taxi Driver) applicants should have to do a practical driving test to show that they can actually drive.

7. Any Taxi Driver caught charging “danger” money should lose their licence.

When is 4 lower than 1?

During the recent cold snap commentators on the TV and radio advised people to use lower gears when driving on icy roads and particularly when going downhill.
While I realise this makes sense when referring to a bicycle as you can see that first gear is bigger than sixth and therefore going down to sixth is a visual reference rather than a mathematical one, however this visual sense is lost when referring to the gears on a car and therefore far less obvious.
This is possibly an explanation for all the whining gearboxes I heard and for the billowing smoke emanating from exhausts as well as all the cars careering down the hills in the snow.
I have a feeling the clutch replacement specialists will be nearly as busy as the panel beaters over the coming weeks.

Free bikes, coming very soon

Spotted this on Chatham street tonight; there’s another one being started on the Green at the top of Grafton street

Stand for the free bike scheme under construction on Chatham Street

What effect will these have on the Taxi trade, it might only be minimal but there will definetly be some, and we cannot afford any!

Are you worried?…. I am a little

The Luas, Dangerous for passengers?

Two articles from todays Herald:

We cannot lose our once-loved Luas to bunch of brutes

When Dublin’s Luas system finally took to the tracks in 2004, I remember being embarrassed by a comment made by a visiting Romanian, who thought it bizarre that our Celtic Tiger country couldn’t link up the two tram lines.

Five years on, and I’m wishing that this lack of connection was the only thing that embarrassed me about our public transport system.

From the outside, this shiny moving beacon of modernity may seem to be the answer to our transport prayers.

Yet, in reality, it has become another playground for thugs and drug addicts.

Perhaps I should be heartened by the suggestion that we could do with a Transport Police Corps. It would make life easier every time I take a seat on the Luas, fold my arms, avert my eyes and pray that I won’t be the next target.

Unfortunately, there’s just no avoiding the fact that it’s an embarrassing shame that this city requires such a high level of security to preserve its transport assets.

We’re lucky enough to enjoy a tram system that is swift, relatively cheap and highly convenient, given its long operating hours. Most importantly, unlike the grotty subways of other cities, our Luas is above ground.

You’d imagine that would make for a safer transport experience.

I wish.

There’s a certain type of hooliganism that doesn’t require a watch, so travelling on the Luas is an exercise in trouble-dodging at any hour.

Drunk

I’ve had the misfortune to step onto the Luas in the late evening, only to discover that some drunk has used it as their own personal toilet.

We’d all feel more comfortable if gardai were a regular feature of the Luas, but we shouldn’t need them. It pains me to say it but it’s a sad day when our country’s law enforcers have to look upon the tram system as an over-crowded prison yard where tension can spill over into violence at any second.

What’s wrong with us?

Since when did we decide that drug abusers and mindless criminals should be allowed to rule public transport?

It’s high time we took a stand and reclaimed the Luas.

The alternative is to suffer a ghost tram, populated only by brutes and people with no sense of danger. Frankly, that’s an embarrassment this city should be desperate to avoid.

– Aoife Finneran

And this one:

Luas passengers suffer daily journey of fear as drink and drug mobs rule

Luas passengers have voiced their disgust at the state of a main city stop that has become a squalid drink and drugs den.

Huge gangs of drunks and drug users have taken over the Red Line terminus at Connolly Station, sickening passengers and frightening tourists.

Operators insist they are taking every effort to tackle anti-social behaviour, but the Herald watched as a group of 17 people gathered at rush hour, all either drinking or openly taking drugs.

In the space of an hour and a half, none of the crowd was challenged by either Luas security or gardai.

Surrounded by cans and bottles, several of the men and women stood drinking and smoking drugs, with some shouting obscenities and others passing out.

The gathering has become a common sight at the stop at rush hour.

Passenger Michael Quirke from Co Tipperary, who works on the Lansdowne Road redevelopment, said: “It’s very intimidating for people, they do feel threatened.”

Deborah Holton, from Naas, said she only used the Luas because of parking problems in the city centre and would drive if she could.

Confront

“It’s totally unacceptable,” she said. “Nobody seems to be doing anything about it. I saw police giving a ticket to a taxi driver and leaving this crowd here.

“My experience is people like that can do what they want and nobody is going to confront them. I’m not going to say anything, I just want to get home in one piece.”

Another passenger, who did not want to be named, said he had witnessed drunks trying to steal bicycles from a nearby rack, and smashing them when they could not break them free.

“Something needs to be done,” he said. “I don’t think anybody wants to be a have-a-go hero.”

Luas operators Veolia Transport said they were making efforts to address the problem and new measures were being considered.

“We are aware that there is an issue around anti social behaviour at the Connolly stop,” a spokesperson said.

“The issue is more so loitering at the stop. From the garda perspective, when it comes to criminal offences, it is people being drunk and disorderly as well as loitering. Our own security firm are moving people on continuously and discouraging people from loitering. Our customer service officers are continuously moving people away from the stop and the Luas control room is doing the same. We have increased signage telling people it’s an offence to loiter. The gardai from Store Street Station have also increased their presence in the area and are very proactive in moving people on.”

“There has been an increase in lighting, as well as the cleaning up of the stop on a daily basis,” the spokesperson added.

– Andrew Phelan

New NCT related penalty points

Affecting both private cars and Taxis from the 1st of May next, all cars not displaying a valid NCT certificate or cars having a dangerous defect will be liable to 5 penalty points on the drivers licence, also if an advisory note from the NCT has not been acted upon, this will incur 3 penalty points on the licence.

Proper order!