Changes in traffic rules that everyone is waiting for
The need for large-scale revision of the Rules of the road is being discussed more and more often. We wrote about this.
And in the expert center of Probok.net, we prepared a list of specific proposals, placing them in a colorful album, our editorial staff also reviewed it.
In the introductory part, we can subscribe to every word! The cameras have become a source of income, compliance with traffic rules does not guarantee the driver safety and the absence of fines, because the rules are partly outdated, partly contrary to reality. The reasons for a significant part of the accidents are called outdated standards, which are still used in the design of roads.
We unequivocally support the calls to put fewer road signs on the roads and to minimize the time for completing accidents. True, about the latter – it is addressed to insurers. For them, any client is a rogue by default, and therefore must be overlaid with a bunch of pieces of paper proving that this is not so.
The proposal to narrow the lanes on roads to three meters in Moscow has not yet proved its effectiveness: throughput seems to be increasing, but speed is decreasing due to a feeling of tightness. In our opinion, it is possible to introduce three-meter lanes only in cities and with markings on the road. Outside megacities, it is often absent for months.
Speed in the city – 50 km / h? This offer is not new. In combination with the discussed reduction of the threshold of non-fines over 10 km / h, we obtain flow inhibition from 80 to 60 km / h. For European and small Russian cities – suitable. For Moscow, with its abundance of wide highways, no. An idea has the right to life, but only after a thorough analysis of the road network. However, in this case, drivers will receive a bunch of different restrictions within the metropolis (from 40 to 80 km / h) and will be forced even more often to look at signs instead of the road. Safety is down, but cameras are up.
The same phrase can be used to characterize the call to build more pedestrian crossings and allow a right turn into a red light. Moscow (and after it, there is no doubt, other cities will follow) actively sets up monitoring cameras for pedestrian zebras. Each transition not regulated by a traffic light is a potential fine and a source of traffic jams due to drivers who are afraid to get a “letter of happiness”. But at other crossings the flow of people in some hours does not stop.
Rules of the road: all changes (for half a century!)
“Anti-pockets” for buses are likely to be implemented in Moscow. The idea is that there is no place to stop outside the sidewalk line – the bus stops right in the lane. A great opportunity to slow down the whole stream! Particularly cool combined with a growing population of cameras controlling the intersection of the continuous between the bands.
Well, I don’t even want to comment on the idea of streets with “weakened control”. Slugger.net offers them to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway anywhere. One has only to “advertise” this, and drivers will face real lawlessness on the part of pedestrians and cyclists. Motorists also have a concession – a U-turn anywhere through a solid one. True, not everywhere, but only on those streets where it is single.
But why, if there is always enough room for legal maneuver on such quiet roads? Moreover, it is more convenient to turn it around after entering the courtyard: they draw one solid road on two-lane roads, the width of which is usually not enough for a one-turn turn.