Intersection priority: Australia at the crossroads

This paper argues for the introduction of a major/ minor rule of precedence at t junctions and the provision of stop signs and give way signs at currently uncontrolled cross intersections. In this context the give way to the right rule (off side priority) would become merely a last resort provision, preferably subordinate to a rule of prior arrival. A case is also made for expressing intersection priorities in terms of the privilege of right of way rather than in terms of creating an absolute obligation to give way. It is argued that the off side priority rule, especially as applied in Australia, has resulted in aggressive driver behaviour, high accident rates, an inadequate road system and a debased residential environment. Priority road schemes and other forms of surface street traffic management, although useful, are seen as means to buy time until freeways are selectively constructed to overcome the shortfall in road capacity made manifest by moves to remove from local streets the traffic which has been attracted to them by the operation of the off side priority rule.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 233-44
  • Monograph Title: Procedures for analysis of traffic flow patterns using detector loops
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 10
    • Issue Number: 4

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  • Accession Number: 01439202
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:04PM