Dilitante wrote:Looking at the Luas Cross City website recently I couldn't find any reference to the cameras that were going to be installed so that the progress of the construction could be followed. Has that idea been dropped does anybody know?
I'm not at all surprised that the Camera idea has been quietly allowed to slip into the Administrative Quagmire that is the BXD Construction Phase.
IF these Camera's were operational,yesterday for example (Sat 14th March) they would have provided a vast repository of evidence of Serious lack of DCC/GARDA/RPA competence in relation to Public Safety in and around Dawson Street.
Added to this would be further hours of evidence (Complete with Roof-Sign Numbers) of frenzied apopelectic Taxidrivers disregarding every aspect of the Road Traffic Acts (and Small PSV Regulations) as they converge,like Piranah Fish on the NEW-IMPROVED Taxi Rank outside Kapp & Petersens on Nassau Street.
U-Turns ON a left hand bend,U-Turns ACROSS a solid-bordered Traffic Island,U-Turns directly in the path of approaching traffic,only then to sit behind the Legally Parked Taxi's and obstruct the General Traffic Flow....Emergency Stops and figures of 8 ....these,and other stupendous examples of just WHY the Director of Taxi Regulation should be dismissed forthwith,carried on ALL DAY LONG and into the Night,under the baleful gaze of the pre-existing DCC/Garda CCTV systems at the bottom of Grafton Street/Nassau Street.....and the response to this IN YER FACE BUD dangerous codology.....NOTHING! (Unless a toot from a Garda Squad Car Crew being delayed on its way back to Pearse Street for "Refreshments" counts as "action" ).
DCC,with the collusion of the Garda DMR Traffic Section saw fit to change the status of the lay-By outside K&P's from a Loading-Bay to a Taxi Rank,in the somewhat forelorn hope of regularising the guerilla Cab situation which sees Taxi Drivers Rank-Up ON,yes folks ON
the Pedestrian Crossing in the furtherance of their business (Which is most definitely NOT mainstream Public Transport).
Further back in the Dawson St Jungle,alongside the BXD Compound fencing,these same "Professional" grouping see fit to pull ON to,and sit on the FOOTPATH in the hope of attracting custom into their cabs....and they are PERMITTED,even encouraged to do this,even though it's effects quickly feed back through the Single-Lane restricted traffic flowing off St Stephens Green.
I can only deduce from the level of disinterest in applying commonsense,let alone the LAW,that Dublin City Council/An Garda Siochana/RPA have been in someway compromised by the Taxi fraternity to the extent of rendering these bodies incapable of functioning in the PUBLIC INTEREST (Which,in this case may NOT equal the Taxi Industry's Interest )
Not for the first time,do I suggest that a Major Incident,perhaps involving Fatalities is the only thing which will stimulate these so-called "Agencies" into performing their statutory duties.
Rather than focusing on the pressing and urgent need to ban power-tool use in historic areas of the City,this,by now, thoroughly rotten Civic Administration should be waking up to the very real level of ADDED Public Safety Risk it is imposing on ordinary Citizens !!!!