Cycling in Sydney Australia
Cyclists beware - there are two crazy people driving around Sydney, who do NOT like cyclists. It's a dark red Mitsubishi sedan, their number plates are covered with cardboard with "TRAFFIC" written on in texta.
Yesterday afternoon the guy on the right threw a battery at me, and then got out of the car and punched me. I suppose that's assault and battery?
N.B. I have reported this to the police. They're not hopeful of catching them, given they don't have any good images of their faces, or a car rego.
UPDATE: A friend of a friend said this car is sometimes parked in Petersham. Keep your eyes peeled in that area.
FURTHER UPDATE: My business partners will kill me if I don't plug our bike shop, Omafiets Dutch Bicycles. If the people in the photo are identified, I would love to buy them a beer, and lend them a couple of bikes from the shop for a week, so they could ride around the Inner West. I think they'd be pleasantly surprised - and might make it a regular form of transport? They could even do the City of Sydney's free cycling courses.
I'm not interested in pressing charges. I think a better outcome would be if these people were able to gain a bit of insight, and empathise with other road users. There is too much antagonism on the roads, and I don't want to contribute to that.
More cops on bikes would be a good start. The ones I've seen seem to like it!
Unfortunately the bike cops seem to focus on prosecuting cyclists for trivial offences like not wearing helmets rather than going after the more serious offences of motorists.
That should read, the car driver did this manouver while there was double lines that prevented a wider ovetake (blind corner)
That should read compiling photos
Hi there, I'm very underwhelmed by the News headline about War between a Cyclist and these thug drivers. I commented to the newspaper about where was a war happening when one party wants to sit with the aggressors and share a cool drink? Didn't get published funnily enough.
Another thing perplexing me is this. Can you make yourself a cardboard number plate with Texta characters, blur tac it to your car then drive it around? No compulsory third party no nothing. If this pusbox cleans someone up, where do they go for to make a claim?
We have a permit system here in Vic, 24 hours, 1 week or even longer I think, but to get it you pay Vicroads and your vehicle is in effect registered and CTP covered for the duration of that permit. it's not a once only permit either, but you are supposed to only be driving to or from somewhere that is getting the vehicle ready for RWC and full reg. So if I was driving with a permit and crashed me, or anyone else that was injured would be fully covered by the Transport Accident Commission.
Same situation applies in NSW as in Vic re Unregistered Vehicle Permit. You need a good reason for one though. You can drive an unregistered vehicle in NSW for reasons related to getting it registered, In Vic I think the same applies but only to an Inspection Station.
A UVP needs NOT be used for purposes related to registration in either NSW or Vic. They can be issued for "other" purposes. You can even drive interstate on a UVP provided that is specified in the application and approved - they are mostly recognised interstate (there may be an exception or two).
Bill, that 'License Plate' isnt bluetacked on, it is screwed on, and it IS illegal to mis-represent your registration, if it isn't, please let me know, there is a car up the road whose plates I would like to use.
A UVP is allowed to be used to move you to a location, not to be driven around with, and is -NOT- to be used in place of registration, as 3rd party (TAC) is a legal requirement for car.
The next person that reckons he is not breaking the law, please read it first.
Cheers, Edward from Drive to Work Day
To me, it looks like Mitsubishi Lancer 1988-1991.
When I first saw the picture I thought Lancer too, but they are a bit similar without anything to gauge the size of the pusbox.
With the Vic permits you can drive interstate too I think, but it's all to do with driving it to repairers, I think you'd have a difficult time explaining cruising around on a Sunday.
It's a Mitsubishi Galant SE from Sept 1990 - Dec 1992. By the look of how close the rear window is to the rear seats, it appears to be a sedan as well. Also as mentioned earlier, the driver's side mirror has been damaged (i.e ripped off).
What was this bit about Chris?
"Yesterday afternoon the guy on the right threw a battery at me, and then got out of the car and punched me. I suppose that's assault and battery"