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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2155

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister for

Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Minister aware that many drivers ignore the 'give-way' signs at Canberra Airport and that eventually a serious accident will result from such careless driving practices.

(2)   Will the Minister investigate the possibility of replacing the 'give-way' signs with 'stop' signs.

Senator COTTON-The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The present 'give-way' signs replaced 'stop' signs about twelve months ago. This was done at the request of the A.C.T. traffic police. The request was agreed to by the Department of Civil Aviation Airport Manager, Canberra.

A close eye has been kept on the situation since the change in signs and there has been a quite significant reduction in the number of incidents since the change to 'give-way' signs. This is believed to be due to the fact that having stopped in accordance with the earlier 'stop' sign, motorists were then entitled to turn into the highway with precedence over traffic on the left; the present 'give-way' sign, however, requires them to give way to highway traffic from either direction.

The situation is being kept under review by the A.C.T. traffic police and DCA. At the moment the use of "give-way' signs is in line with similar intersections of comparable traffic density. When due to traffic build up the A.C.T. traffic authorities consider lights should be installed, this will be done.

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