Gravel on the road.
Gravel on the road.

Road signs offer little comfort

HAD your vehicle damaged on a new section of road lately, had a cracked windscreen or a smashed headlight or a badly chipped bonnet, well according to the Department of Transport this couldn't have happened because they put "SIGNS" up to protect us.

Yes folks, "SIGNS" that magically stop all damage to vehicles on new sections of road where stones are left for the motorist to push into the tar but in no way throw them at other vehicles.

I'm not a scientist but in my 65 years of living on this planet I've never found a sign that is as miraculous as these are supposed to be.

Forget for a moment that the Road Contractors have not cleaned the road properly, forget for a moment that the sweeping they do on the roads leaves a pile of stones in the centre of the road and on the edges, these all pale into insignificance and become null and void when a SIGN is put up.

LET'S look at the road works currently going on just in the Maryborough to Childers areas at the moment.

Some sections of new road are as smooth as silk, no loose stones but a smooth tarmac that is a pleasure to drive on and little or no chance of any damage from shoddy workmanship, then we have other sections where the road is left with the gravel not completely imbedded and the driving public is expected to embed this whilst using the road.

Of course if you happen to damage your vehicle or someone else's whilst driving on these sections of road you must be mistaken because the magical signs should have protected you.

If this is the case then the Department of Transport should allow other Departments like the Police Department to use their knowledge of signs so that signs saying no hold-ups in this area would alleviate the threat to shop owners, no killing would stop all deaths by violence etc, except for one small thing, like the Department of Transport signs, they wouldn't work.

Sounds crazy doesn't it? But this is the excuse that the Department of Transport uses when a person puts in a claim for damage that occurred from their lack of quality control and shoddy workmanship.

Their argument is that because the signs were in place no damage could have been suffered by you and it must be a figment of your imagination.

Their experts have determined that the speeds shown on the signs were safe but under what conditions and why should signs be necessary if the work was done correctly in the first place.

Just placing those signs in these places shows that the work has not been done to a standard that is acceptable and this in itself should make the Department of Transport liable for any damage incurred by motorists.

Common sense dictates that if a job is finished properly no signs should be needed as all safety measures have been seen to and there is no reason for damage to occur.

I would like to know how many other people in this area or even any area where the Department of Transport has been doing work have suffered damage to their vehicles because of the signs placed to prevent this damage.

Once again we are seeing a Department who is self-serving and judgmental to the point that they are the be all and end all of any claim that comes their way.

It's time that the government was held to account for work they contract and damages incurred through negligence, shoddy workmanship and quality control, after all its our tax dollars that are paying for this work and paying the wages of those responsible and we the public should expect better but as usual are doomed to disappointment once again.



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