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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 327..


Motor vehicles—footpaths

(Question No 1772)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 15 November 2007:

(1) What are the laws with regard to cars leaving car parks obstructing footpaths and blocking the passage of pedestrians;

(2) Is any data available on the number of accidents and injuries which occur at the intersection of footpaths and car park exits;

(3) Would the Government consider pedestrian markings, such as zebra crossings, at the entrances and exits of major car parks to remind drivers to give pedestrians on footpaths right of way.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Under Australian Road Rules 74 and 75 it is an offence for a driver not to give way to a pedestrian when the driver is crossing a footpath (road-related area) to enter or leave an off-street car park. The Australian Road Rules provide clear diagrams demonstrating this.


It is also an offence under Australian Road Rule 236 for a pedestrian to cause a traffic hazard by moving into the path of a driver.

(2) No crashes involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on the footpath in front of carpark access roads have been reported over the last five years.

(3) It is not the current practice to install pedestrian (zebra) crossings at the entrances and exits of major carparks to reinforce the pedestrian priority. Such practice will give the wrong message to motorists at driveway crossings without pedestrian (zebra) markings in relation to the priority.


However, warning signs are erected at locations with limited visibility for pedestrians and motorists to advise them of potential conflicts.

Drugs—diversion initiative

(Question No 1776)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 15 November 2007:

(1) How much funding has the Commonwealth Government provided to the ACT by way of the Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative each year since 1999;

(2) Where has that funding been allocated for each year since 1999;

(3) What treatment services and facilities are available in the ACT for the treatment of alcohol and other drug issues in either (a) residential or (b) non residential facilities;


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