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Tram tracks and tollways… Tips for visitors to Melbourne, Victoria

on March 20, 2013

Historically, I have found the public transport system in Melbourne to be very good.  On my most recent trip to Melbourne, I chose to hire a car to travel between my accommodation and yoga workshop/classes.  Whilst driving to and fro I had several interesting experiences relating to trams, which lead me to write this post.

281Experience A – Whilst making a right turn I began to enter the “tramway” area rather than the road way (eek!). Fortunately, I realised my error and swiftly, and safely,  moved on to the correct area of the road

Experience B – Whilst driving around a roundabout, I had a very close encounter with a tram. I failed to notice that trams travelled across/through the centre of the roundabout, and had the right of way. Upon realising that my car and a tram were on a collision course I applied the brakes – ABS activated – the car juddered to a halt – the car stalled. Impact was narrowly avoided (pheww).  The tram driver was not impressed and dinged the tram bell repeatedly until I restarted the car and reversed out of the path of the tram. A little shaken, I continued on my journey. NTS – research trams and other traffic/transport information in Melbourne and share with others.

Following are a few tips for visitors to Melbourne – know of other useful tips/info? please use comments section 🙂

Trams

Trams, motor vehicles and people share the roads of Melbourne. Following are some of the rules for motor vehicles relating to trams:

  • You must stop level with the rear of a tram at a tram stop until the doors close and passengers have cleared the road.
  • Once the tram’s doors are closed and it is safe to proceed, you must not exceed 10km/h while passing a stationary tram at a tram stop.
  • You must give way to all trams at roundabouts.
  • You must not move into the path of a tram.
  • You must not drive over raised dividing strips or double yellow lines.
  • You must not make a U-turn across a solid line in the centre of the road.
  • You must not park or stop within 20 metres of a tram stop unless there is a sign which permits parking. (Fines apply for non compliance with road rules and increase annually on 1 July) (Source: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au 20/03/2013)

For further information visit –  http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/Moreinfoandservices/PublicTransport/TramProjects/TramPriorityAndSafety.htm
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/RoadRules/Trams.htm

Hook Turns

A hook turn is a right turn from the left-hand lane. A hook turn is required to be made at most intersections in central Melbourne where trams operate.

These intersections are clearly marked, with a sign hanging overhead or on the side of the road. Some intersections have flashing signs and line marking to help guide you, but most intersections will only have static signs. (Source: www.racv.com.au 20/03/2013)

Visit https://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/Internet/primary/road+safety/roads+_+traffic/road+rules/common+road+rules/hook+turns for further information

Tollways

A Melbourne Pass is ideal if you are visiting Melbourne or need to travel on Melbourne’s toll roads for a period of less than 30 days. A Melbourne Pass allows you to travel on both CityLink and EastLink only.  With a Melbourne Pass:

  • You pay a start-up fee of $5.50.
  • Is valid up to 30 days and can be extended for a further 30 days if extended before the pass expires.
  • No e-TAG device required.
  • Each trip on CityLink will be charged a vehicle matching fee.
  • Each trip on EastLink will be charged the applicable fee.
  • Charges are billed to your credit card.

This pass can be opened 48 hours after travel and there is no limit on the number of Melbourne Passes that can be purchased. (Source www.citylink.com.au 20/03/2013)

For further information visit http://www.citylink.com.au/1090.htm

myki

myki is a re-usable smart card that stores value to pay fares on public transport, eg trains, trams and buses. You need to buy a myki card prior to travelling on public transport.  Please use this link for further information about myki for visitors to Melbourne http://ptv.vic.gov.au/fares-tickets/myki/myki-visitor-pack/

Other useful links:

Information for tourists http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/Licences/NewToVictoria/InformationForTourists.htm

Road rule animations http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/RoadRules/CommonRoadRules.htm

Safety and Road Rules http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/RoadRules/

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from my experiences 🙂

Namaste

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