Take European route to end freeway congestion

Take a leaf out of the European system of congestion management.
Take a leaf out of the European system of congestion management.

FURTHER to the front-page report in last week’s Times about freeway congestion, we have a government transport department using public funds to pay for advertising to tell us how smart they are when it obvious to all that our general road system is sadly flawed.

Why not emulate the European system, as it is far more efficient in moving traffic flow. Their dual carriageways shift more traffic faster than our three-lane freeways.

European driving is opposite to ours, whereby travelling on their motorway/auto route/bahn is a more relaxing than general highways.

It is illegal to overtake a vehicle on the blind side (dangerous/chargeable offence) so you do not have the problem of trying to get back into a lane to exit the freeway.

You are obliged to return to your inside slower lane after overtaking to allow others to pass (no travelling side by side in three lanes) blocking traffic flow and inducing road rage or dangerous manoeuvring.

Heavy vehicles are not permitted to use the third lane, which assists light traffic flow and so forth.

Highway police are focused on all facets of correct driving (not just speed as a convenient blame for everything). If you are observed blocking lanes or traffic flow, you will be pulled over and questioned.

WA Transport Police and the public should adopt ideas from a mature European system to improve traffic flow in Perth as opposed to Transport’s PR propaganda.

It is got to be cheaper than building more-lane roads to assist an ad hoc system.

JAMES NICHOLSON, Applecross.