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September 7th, 2018

I emailed the Alan Jones Show just now 

 He understands common sense

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 I emailed my Local Liberal Member Mr Lee Evans

 

 My emails and his replies

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/frustration

 I asked him when he said he couldn't help, to wander down to Ms Pavey's office and speak to her in person, as obviousily her staff don't bother her to tell her about thousands of  clearway signs avertising RMS incompentence.

The bracket the RMS uses are the same ones the DMR and the RTA used on the white clearway signs 

 They have one fixing bolt, and can't hold up their own weight.

 
 So as I have been saying, and emailing for all this time use TWO bolts.

 

Every which way and loose

September 2nd, 2018

Things haven't improved down Blakehurst way.

 

www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/rock-the-boat

 

I took this picture last week

 
These three new Hi-Vis clearway signs ( King Georges road Blakehurst,) were put up about two months ago. 
 
 
 

Across the road from those three is this sad example of incompentence.

No more needs to be said

August 26th, 2018
 

 

                                                                                                                             


 

 

      I took this photo as an example of what many of Sydney's old white  clearway signs look like, put up  using a bracket that doesn't work. 

         

 

I used that  photo along with an example of two newly installed Hi-Vis yellow signs in the Sutherland Shire numerous times in letters to higher powers over the last two and a half years  

 


 I said that the new signs are also not staying up straight

 

The bracket needs two fixing bolts 

I was going to say " the idiots don't listen.  But in all my phone calls and letters and emails I have been courteous, as usually the ones I contact are on the first rung on the Local Member's, the Road Minister's or The Premier's ladder.

It appears that  the ones further up, are the ones that think that my concerns are  not worth bothering about.

Who cares about crooked signs?  

 

        Have a close look at the next two

 


  

Yes it shows the old crooked white clearway sign, I have shown as an example many times have been replaced., with the new beaut HI- Vis yellow ones.

One does now have it's own post, and both have adopted the same familiar crooked stance.

 And these obviously have been erected to the "Australian Standard"

 

The reason for a new steel post?

Maybe the rule says  100 meters between signs, and the power pole was 101.

 Another example of lack of common sense

www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/rms-perfection

 

 There was another silly look at Blakehurst where the RTA put up a flashing light school zone sign and no doubt the paperwork said  "erect parallel to road way". Because the road bends at that intersection, the only people that could clearly see the flashing lights, are in Yum Cha restaurant

 

 And these obviously have been erected to the "Australian Standard"

 
 
 
 
 

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Give me strength

August 15th, 2018
 
 

When I told my wife of the email I recieved yesterday from my elected representative in the NSW ParliamentMr Lee Evans, she said give it up.

After two and a half years trying to get someone with a sintilla of common sense to have a look at a problem, and not do something about it

No I will not give up.

Miranda Devine wrote in The Telegraph today  15 August about the RMS letting India have our jobs, said  The Roads Minister Melinda Pavey is not being straight with the people of NSW

 All I want is the RMS to do is when they renew the white clearway signs with HI-VIS yellow ones is to put them up properly. Straight 


Do the job properly first time, and it will save money

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This below is from a post on 21/3/017

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 I emailed the new road minister on the 25th of January 2017, and today March 21st 2017 a reply came, here's an extract

 

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     "   Roads and Maritime Services has advised the new 'Clearway' signs in some sections
 had been fitted incorrectly. Roads and Maritime has directed their maintenance contractor
 to review and adjust signs that were not properly fitted.

    Roads and Maritime contractors are required to follow strict specifications when placing
signage. For more information about road signage and their design, you may visit the Roads
and Maritime website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au ? search 'traffic signs'.

 


I hope this has been of assistance"

 

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" To review and adjust signs that were not properly fitted"

How often are signs reviewed, and re-adjusted?

 Why do signs  need to be reviewed, and re-adjusted ?

 Why,  because using the same bracket that was used to put up the old white clearway signs,

 that  sadly doesn't work with the new Hi-Vis yellow ones either.

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That was in 2017

 

 What has really got me going as you can see further down this page is 

signs that were put up three weeks before, looked like this, when I took the photo

 

 

 By an stretch of the imagination


can this be called erected


 "to Australian  Standards ??"

 

 

 

Frustration

August 14th, 2018

 I sent this email to my local Member Mr Lee Evans a week ago

 

 

From: Hans Stephens <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>
Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 2:40 PM
To: 'heathcote@parliament.nsw.gov.au' <heathcote@parliament.nsw.gov.au>
Subject: clearway signs

 

 

 

  Hi,

 

I did email Mr Evans about this matter before, my email and Mr Evans reply are below. This saga has gone on for over two years and RMS incompetence is getting worse. Might I say the way Ms Pavey?s office has handled my concerns also leaves a lot to be desired

 

 

Please have a look at my website   www.schoolzonesanta.com and all will be explained

 

Thank you

 

Regards

 

Hans Stephens

 

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Today came this reply.

 

 

From: ElectorateOffice Heathcote <ElectorateOffice.Heathcote@parliament.nsw.gov.au>
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:14 PM
To: 'Hans Stephens' <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>
Subject: RE: clearway signs

 

Dear Mr Stephens,

 

Thank you for your email and concerns. I understand your frustration, however You have presented your case to the minister and the final decision is with the minister's office. I regret you are not happy with the lack of support for your idea. However I cannot change the outcome

 

Thank you for your concerns

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 Tonight 14/8/2018 I sent this email.

Sorry about the misplaced   ????????? there is a IT gliche, and I don't have a help desk.

 

 

Dear Mr. Evans,

 

Thank you for your prompt reply.  You say you understand my frustrations.  The only thing I have tried to do is save money.  I once wrote to a Premier and said that it must be difficult to run a State like NSW. Only so much money coming in, and everyone with their hand out, wanting some of it. So you mustn?t waste it.  Do you think that the examples of the RMS's preferred contractors way of replacing clearway signs is value for money?

 

To have to come back time and time again to re-adjust clearway signs is wasting money. How can the RMS spend no doubt, hundreds of thousands of hard earned tax payer dollars  testing driverless buses when they can't put up a clearway sign competently.  "You may say that  the final decision is with the ministers office"  and you say ?" However I cannot change the outcome" . I am perplexed that you say that you can't change the outcome.  Could you as least  on behalf of one of your constituents wander over to Ms. Pavey's office, and ask her to peruse a few pages of my website www.schoolzonesanta.com

 

  The thing about websites and e mails, they are a record. Two and a half years of records are here, for all to see. Given the right publicity there will be clicks, and embarrassment.

 

 Thank you for your time.

 

Regards

 

Hans Stephens

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To be continued....................................................

 

 

 

 

 

The proof is in the pudding

August 7th, 2018
 
 
 
 
  

Before the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened, to prove that the bridge was strong enough,most of Sydney's railway locomotives were rolled out onto the bridge

 

To prove that 2 fixing points on a clearway sign bracket can hold up a little aluminion sign, I drilled an extra hole in a RMS clearwaysign bracket, and reattached the bracket, and Yellow hi-Vis sign back in it's original position.

 

The hole in the pole underneath the bracket was where the RMS had put  in a coach bolt to hold up the bracket after the original one fixing bolt let the sign, and the RMS down.

Which didn't help as the one original bolt was so loose, that the sign flapped up and down in the wind as you can see by the damage above the bracket.



 

and as with all the locomotives on the Harbour bridge, and one extra coach bolt in the clearway sign bracket, neither the bridge collapsed, nor did the sign.

 The stack of weights I hung from the sign show quite clearly I think, that  two bolts could be better than the "Australian Standard" of one.


 

 
 

The Hi-Vis clearway sign was pushed up,  in early may this year, and since then has adopted  it's preferred angle,  then is the one with the now, two bolts, and further along is another one on the lean.

 

When I took the above photo, the two clearway signs visable were put up less than three weeks earlier.

 A couple of fat irate budgies may have landed on those two signs.

 

 It's all a bit sad


 Would that have happened if there had been TWO fixing bolts?


 To be continued..........................................

 

I have just rung the Kempsey Office of roads Minister Pavey, and spoke to Jodie, who said she would let head office know I rang. Head office might know I rang  but what happens then? I asked Jodie to show Ms Pavey  www.schoolzonesanta.com  when she pops in, (she is from Kempsey) as by the lack of meaniful action over the last two and a half years from head office Ms Pavey is being kept in the dark,  or is being mis-informed.

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I ALSO EMAILED MY LOCAL STATE  MP MR LEE EVANS TODAY

 

 

  Hi,

 

I did email Mr Evans about this matter before, my  earlier email and Mr Evans' reply are below.

This saga has gone on for over two years and RMS incompetence is getting worse.

Might I say the way Ms Pavey's office has handled my concerns also leaves a lot to be desired

Please have a look at my website   www.schoolzonesanta.com and all will be explained 


Thank you

Regards 

Hans Stephens

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 My earlier email and response March 2017

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Dear Mr Evans,
   I sent an email to my old MP, Mr Kerr, and his office said my email would be forwarded onto you.
As I haven't had a reply to my RMS concerns, I will repeat them. The RMS is renewing old white clearway signs  with new Hi-Vis yellow ones
 My website   www.schoolzonesanta.com  explains it all,  with photos of clearly incompetent installation of the new signs using rubbish brackets which didn't work with the old white signs either. I have emailed the new roads minister weeks ago, with no response.
 All that needs to be done is for someone to take charge, scrap the old brackets, and use a bit of common sense, and two screws as shown in one photo. Hope you can help, before they go right through NSW changing signs at great in unnecessary expense to the taxpayer.
Regards Hans Stephens 

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From: ElectorateOffice Heathcote [mailto:ElectorateOffice.Heathcote@parliament.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 12:22 PM
To: 'hans stephens' <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>
Subject: RE: Clearway signs
 

 

Dear Mr Stephens,

 

Thank you for your email, I do appreciate your concerns. The RMS have all new staff and it does take time to get their portfolio together. 

I am still waiting on replies myself!

 Kind regards

 Lee

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Wise words

August 3rd, 2018

       Peta Credlin          on "THE CREDLIN SHOW" early this  week  said  this  phrase , or words very similar to  this famous quote: 


"A fool is (someone who) does the same thing and expects different results". 

 




     




 











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"If you do today. what you did yesterday, you will get yesterday's results"

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 Wondering why, when I've tried to get a bit of publicity ( with no result) for the lack of traction with the RMS maybe I have to do something different.


To be continued..........................................................

 Saturday morning and I have sent this to the leader of the National PartyJohn Barbilaro

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Hi,
  I wrote a letter and posted it to Ms Pavey

without  meaningful  change, I rang Ms Pavey's

Kempsey office. I rang her Sydney office.

I contacted the Premier's office. All I wanted

is a bit of common sense. I contacted my local

member Mr Kelly. His response is on my

website, a website that has catalogued over

2 years of inaction. How can any person with

brains not see that this pathetic saga  is

potentially embarrassing?

 My website is

  www.schoolzonesanta.com 

I will ring the Queanbeyan office on Monday.

yours sincerly Hans Stephens

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Then and now

July 30th, 2018
  
 

 

 

I sometimes seem to get a bit verbose so here's a simple  2 photo explanation of why the old brackets used by the RMS to hang clearway signs don't work

            Old white sign

 
 
 
 New sign put up less than a month ago, and this photo was taken on July 2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And this morning July 31  the angle is worse

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Throughout this site a couple of old white clearway signs have featured. 

These ones on Roberts Rd.



 
 April this year
 
 


 
 
Those two old white signs were replaced in March/April  this year (one on a steel post) with the new yellow Hi-Vis ones.

Things look a bit differant now the trees have grown, but the signs like so many others, have adopted the angled look since 
 

     



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Simple things first Minister

July 27th, 2018
 
 
 

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Roads Minister Ms Pavey
 
 
 


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Forget driverless buses, get the simple little things right first.


 
 

These two clearway signs are less than a month old.


to be continued......................................

How many clearway signs are there in NSW?

July 24th, 2018
 
 
 

  


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Going the long way home because of an accident (sorry incident) I turned left onto Stacy St. off the Hume Highwat and guess what 

 
 Stacey St has had the old white clearway signs updated.
These two signs show a similar angle to the previous photo of 3 week old  in Hurstville.
 
 and are sadly similar to the old two which were  on the Princes Highway Gymea

 

 
Isn't it sad
 
Here's  another Stacy st one

 
 

 And this one on Stacy St North of the Hume.

 
This sign is so loose on it's  one fixing bolt that a Stacey St. breeze blew it up, where it stayed
 
 

 
which happened on Ryde Rd Gordon where this sign even has an extra bolt under the bracket to stop it drooping, but didn't stop it going up because of a Gordon zephyr..
 
 
Obviousily  "all were fixed in place in accordance with Australian Standards " as Terry explains below
 
 

 

Santa's walk against waste

July 13th, 2018
 
 

 I was a bit hasty yeserday with my idea to walk to Kempsey next month, it would make  more sense to get a few brownie points here by catching up on home and garden maintainance

Mrs Santa thinks I should spend" more time with family and friends " not drive around the countryside taking photos of lamposts. 

 So here's my plan, unless things change in the way clearway signs are  installed,  I'll walk to Kempsey next year after the NSW State Election is announced, with a portfolio of photos of clearway signs for Minister Pavey.

 I'll recruit a couple of suitable santa's helpers to hand out flyers in the Kempsey electorate explaining why this old goose is up there, and  as we all know nothing gets the media interested more than a couple of good looking ladies, just ask  Sir Richard Branson

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=branson+publicity+stunts&FORM=HDRSC2


I'm sure I can find a couple of photogenic young ladies  (who would like to get onTV)


Media like photogenic santa helpers


     https://www.dreamstime.com/photos-images/sexy-santa-helper.html

 

 Why do this when I should be back home with my  little grand daughter and my special needs gandson, It'sbecaues of the nonsense explained on this website over the last two years 

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 One letter to the Sutherland Council and less than 10 days later , common sense.

On the "Woronora cemetary" category on the right you will see at the bottom of the page   a bit about a commutor carpark in Sutherland.  

The photos have  vanished off the page, but I will dig them out and put them up later.

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Sometimes a suggestion or obvervation is noted, and acted upon

 

Near Sutherland Station there is a commutor carpark from where poor Janine Balding was abducted by lowlife and murdered.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Janine_Balding

The Council resealed the car park and planted shurbs along the road frontage.

 

These shrubs over the years grew into a hedge that hid most of the carpark from the passing traffic,and low life like those that murdered Janine like to hide to do their dirty work.

          

 

I wrote to the Council pointing out that someone from a nearby business had the front seats stolen from his car in broad daylight in that carpark with the thieves doing their work hidden by the hedge.

 

I asked if something could be done to make it safer for commuters returning to their vehicles.

 

 
 

The following week every 2nd shrub was gone and the rest pruned to "improve sight lines"

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Two years on and to show my suggestion was valid, I took this photo today 21/7/09

 

 

now you can more clearly see what's going on in the carpark.

 

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To be continued..............................................

 

 

 

 

It's time

July 11th, 2018

On May 21st this year I put this page on this site


 http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/push-up-the-bad-ones

 

It shows a yellow clearway sign that had been droopy, and I saw on the 21st May that it had been straightened.

Guess what the little coach bolt added underneath the bracket hasn't worked because this afternoon the sign has adopted it's preferred angle.

The two new photos I took this afternoon shows what incompetence looks like

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May 21st July 

Well there's been movement at the station.. Some of the worst droopy clearway signs on the Sutherland to Blakehurst section of old white to new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs have had some attention This photo taken earlier this year of one on the Princes Highway at Gymea, now looks like this

to make sure it doesn't come down again a little coach screw was added under the bracket

Which is all very well as long as the wind doesn't blow the sign up as happened up North as I pointed out in a previous page I will take photos of other wonky signs between Blakehurst and Sutherland that weren't " bad" enough it seems, to warrant attention.

 

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Wed 6 July 

It appears that the sign doesn't like being horizontal, and wind and gravity have overcome the extra little coach bolt added in May.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 Now I agree that the angle hasn't reached the same a degree as May 21 but if the bracket had 2 fixing bolts (as I've been saying and writing about over two years) all the new clearway signs  would be leval. Then there are the thousands and, thousands  throughout NSW yet to be upgraded to the new  Hi-Vis  yellow ones. 

Absurd is the word

July 9th, 2018
 

July 29th 2018

 

 

Last week I drove through Blakehurst, and I noticed that on this section of King Georges Rd,the old white clearway signs havee now been upgradedto the new Hi-Vis yellow ones.

I noticed this new Hi-Vis yellow  sign had a  familiar lean that a lot of the new clearway signs adopt.

Today I went back and drove nearly to Stoney Creek Rd. along King Georges rd, and saw more examples of new clearway signs erected supposedly to "Australian Standard"

 
 
and the best ones were a couple in the next shot.

 

That's two in one photo also on the droop. The brackets don't work with one fixing bolt.
 
When were these clearway signs erected

to replace the old white ones, an example

of which is this one in South Hurstville,
 
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Well I stopped at the shops on King Georges Rd South  Hurstville. and asked two shop keepers,
"I have an un-usual question, but do you know when the new yellow clearway signs were put up?"
 
 Both said two weeks ago.
 
The second lady added that someone came in to warn them that the clearway times have changed.
 
So this is an example of RMS contractors handiwork, after two weeks.

 
To be continued  ......

an artist impression of how I feel

 

"CAN YOU READ THE SIGN?"

June 14th, 2018
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 MR Mc Sweeney tells me clearway signs on Kingsgrove rd, (that I've never mentioned) are the responsibility of 3 differant councils. 

To make sure who owns our local Princes Highway signs, I've just been up to Sutherland council and was assured that the new yellow clearway signs between Sutherland and the Tom Ugles Bridge belong to the RMS. 

 When I showed the lady a photo one of her own  (below)

council's sign with the same bracket problem she asked " Can you read the sign?"

It doesn't matter it seems how they present, but as long as you can read the instuctions.

 

I rang Georges River council and they don't have yellow clearway signs on Kingsgrove road, and anyway"clearway signs are the responsibility of the RMS"

 

 In his email to me Mr. McSweeny does however state that " Councils install and maintain signs in their areas, which are fixed in place in accordance with Australian Standards."

 What sort of "Australian standard" do th RMS adher to, when after less than a year after installation they look like this....


                                                                                                         This one in Sylvania and

                                                                           


                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                              this one was on Ryde Rd. Gordon 


 To be continued.......

30 degrees

May 28th, 2018

The time to switch on the desalination plant at Kurnell to supplement Sydney's water supply, is when the water level in Warragamba Dam is at 30% capacity.

It appears the RMS has the same sort of approach with it's new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs.

Only the really bad drooping signs were re-adjusted recently in the Sutherland to Carrs Park section

By co incidence this one in Sylvania mentioned two pages ago, looking as above,

now looks like this,

but the photo below of a sign not far away, it appears is not at the correct angle yet to qualify remedial action

Push up the bad ones .....again

May 21st, 2018

Well there's been movement at the station..

Some of the worst droopy clearway signs on the Sutherland to Blakehurst section of old white to new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs have had some attention

This photo taken earlier this year of one on the Princes Highway at Gymea, now looks like this

to make sure it doesn't come down again a little coach screw was added under the bracket

Which is all very well as long as the wind doesn't blow the sign up as happened up North as I pointed out in a previous page

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/admin.php?ctrl=items&action=edit&p=1004&redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.schoolzonesanta.com%2Findex.php%3Fblog%3D2%23item_1004

I will take photos of other wonky signs between Blakehurst and Sutherland that weren't " bad" enough it seems, to warrant attention.

OLD AND NEW

May 1st, 2018

This morning 1st May on the way back from Rockdale I took these two photos .
Two from the many examples on the Princes highway.

First one of the old white clearway signs opposite Wheeler St Carlton

and then one of the many new yellow ones on the lean.
This one in Sylvania

Timeline of one new clearway sign

April 19th, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 


Someone wise once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.  


Once apon a time someone at the  RMS decided that the white clearway signs that line major roads needed a new look, as they were looking a bit sad and down cast
 

"Let's make them a bright yellow so they really stand out". could have been what someone in a  RMS think tank suggested. 

Sure enough in August 2015 I noticed nice new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs on the Princes Highway between Blakehurst and Sutherland, and wrote a letter to  The Sutherland  Shire Leader, our local paper.



Well I suppose  having nice new shiny signs that all could see, is progress of sorts ....

But it wasn't long beforefor all to see, that  the new signs started to look like the old white ones


 This photo was taken on 21/9/2016 Princes  Highway Sylvania

 Why do the new signs look that way ? 

Simply because the bracket is fastened to the pole with one bolt, and gravity takes over.

  Emails, phone calls, letters to the Roads Minister, have not really made a differance and from Kinsgrove to St Ives,   there are Hi- Vis yellow signs at untidy unprofessional angles.


This one was the worst of many on  Ryde rd Gordon 

 

 


  Sure after my whinging, contractors push them back up again. 


  Here's a timeline of just one sign on the Princes Highway opposite Southgate Sylvania


Swapped from white to new Hi-Vis yellow August 2015

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April 2016    .... Down

 

November 2016..... Up


5 January 2017.... down again


 So I added something extra for passing traffic and


 guess what I'm repeating myself here is an earlier page with more photos


http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/for-how-long


Head office

April 11th, 2018
 
 
 

I have just spoken to a lady at The Minister's electoral office asked her to look at this website. I explained that the clearway signs droop because of one bolt and she asked 
"Why don't they put the bolt in the middle?"

"It seems going by the reply last week from another  staff member " Why don't they use two bolts?"

there's common sense in Kempsey but not in the big smoke.

 The lady is sending a link to this website and my email  address to the city office, and I expect that after two years wasting ( it appears) time on this a, prompt reply.




Same old same old

February 12th, 2018
 

 

 Did the same person that designed those stable doors in NZ, get a job in the RMS  (nee RTA nee DMR) ?

 

This "near new"  clearway sign on the Princes Highway Miranda ( going south), stands proud and loud, advertising  RMS compentance in putting up a simple sign.

 

I drove up to Pymble yesterday to see how the clearway signs were holding up there

 

This one near Kendall st caught my eye, it was pointing up. It had been re-arranged once before and as you can see in the next photo it has a small coach bolt that stops the bracket fom pivoting down past the horizontal.

But  the one fixing  bolt the bracket has, is so loose that Pymble winds have blown the sign  up, and there it stayed.

 



Until I eased it back into a near horizontal position.

 

Over the Princes Highway along Mona Vale Rd through St Ives there are a growing number of New Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs developing jaunty angles.

 Below are just two of the many, vividly displaying RMS ineptness (new buzz word)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       

 

Maybe this year?

January 5th, 2018

Back in August 2015     

I first saw the new HI-Vis yellow clearway signs that replaced the old white ones and wrote to the leader.


I did call it "stupidity" and then the  lack of common sense showed itself  soon after.

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/rms-perfection


More of the same.

November 12th, 2017

  He'll give up in time.

This is what they thought about a Barrister in Perth.

In 2010 he asked questions abut the citizenship  status of a Mr Abbot and a certain Ms Gillard.

Earlier this year he inquired about the citizen status of a Green's senator Scott Ludlam.

Mr Ludlam resigned from the Senate 48 hours later, as he was still a Kiwi.

The Weekend Austraian today, has an article explaining it all.

"Ludlam's nemisis on scalps he's claimed, others he's after"


 Is my clearway sign mission (as my wife calls it) worth the bother?

I said right from the beginning of this new sign rollout, that the way of mounting the new hi-Vis yellow signs needs a rethink.  

 Now they're putting up more signs where they are not necessary.

Why oh why are clearway/towaway signs needed on the Bangor by-pass

 

There are 4 of the signs between the start of the by pass and where the Bangor traffic enters.

 

This just wastfull madness. 

No one parks on the by-pass.

Maybe because of a breakdown, but park and walk off?

I think not.

 

 

 Who is running this circus?

 

 

Does it have to come to this?

October 25th, 2017

Another less than common sense on display 
 
 
I noticed as I was driving more and more number plates that were hard to read on cars.  

Colour combinations like black numerals on a red back ground, or dark blue with black letters . So I emailed the road Minister at the time, Mr Gay
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Yesterday I spoke to someone,and he had a look at this clearway sign thing on this website.

He asked why do you bother?

Yes it is a small thing in the big scheme of things and it is small, why does it take so long to fix?

 I'll ring Harry .

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  I did try to ring Mr Harry Liaw today Thursday 26/10  but line is dead .

So I looked in Linkedin for contact details of Mr Terry McSweeney, the Principal Manager at the bottom of my email, and sent him a note.

With this website URL

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My wish is simple is for every new yellow clearway sign have  two fixing points onto poles so they,( the signs) remain horizontal.

 Common sense?

To be continued............

and who pays?

October 20th, 2017

 

 




In May this year I sent the below letter in a stamped envelope to the Roads Minister.

I was told by her Kempsey office that it was received



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Dear Minister Pavey,

I'm very sorry to bother you as this letter should not have been necessary, but as other options don't seem to have made a satisfactory  difference, I'll try again.

 The RMS is renewing the old white clearway signs on major roads with new HI- Vis yellow ones, but the old brackets used to hold up the white ones didn't work, and they don't work on the new ones either.

My website  www.schoolzonesanta.com has many photos showing examples and explaining the problem.

Something has to be done before the new yellow signs are rolled out across NSW

 Please spend a couple of minutes to have a look at my site, or if too busy, delegate someone with a bit of common sense, and who can get something done, to fix this very simple problem.

 These are two examples of the old white clearway signs on Roberts Road Greenacre




 And the two above, are less than a year old, and were on display advertising RMS incompetence in  Hi-Vis yellow, on the Princes Highway Gymea.

 Many more examples on www.schoolzonesanta.com

 Thank you for your time.

 Yours faithfully,

  Hans Stephens

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That letter was sent in May 

Today September 20 I received this email


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 The RMS  " is working with its maintenance provider DM roads to fix clearway signage"


So if I see the result of other incompentent installation of clearway signs I ring in, and Harry will get them fixed. 

I think maybe the signs should be put up properly in the first place.

I can't always get to Dubbo, the Blue Mountains, or other locations in NSW to check and report on shoddy RMS contractor's work. 

So will the new yellow ones  (unless I get out and about more) end up looking like the white ones?


 I did ring "Harry" on the number provided but the line didn't work for me 

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The 2-3 year old Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs between Sutherland and Blakehurst are starting to droop again.

The photo below I took today 22 Oct  017 and there are scores more on the way down.

I think the problem is gravity!!!!!!!

 

 

 

This lot have "fixed" 3 times, as posts on this website over the last two years have documented, and should not need fixing.

 

A post I wrote when new signs went up in Ryde and Gordon


 

  http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/waste-on-display        

 

and this post was November 2015

 

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/rms-perfection

 


As I said clearway signs put up less than two years ago  should not need to be " fixed." 


I ask the question who pays?

 

to be continued....................


Traffic report

October 15th, 2017
 

 

Every weekday morning one of the traffic holdups mentioned on 2GB's traffic report is "slow traffic on the Woronora bridge leading up to Sutherland.

It is also a nightmare on Saturday mornings.

So what have we on the Sutherland overpass? 

Clearway signs on this two lane main artery onto the Princes highway .

 

Which means one can block off one lane legally with a registered motor bike (or even my registered box trailer) from 10 am till 3 pm 5 days a week, and have to take them  inside between 9am and 6 pm on Sat/ Sun and public holidays.

One explaination could be that there will be no standing signs added sometime later.

But why have clearway signs when you can't stand there anyway?

The RMS wastes money in obvious ways.

 By the way the covered signs on this same overpass in my previous page

 
 

are uncovered, but the Tow truck signs have gone.

The RMS as I said wastes money in obvious ways and in Hi-Vis.

 

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 And  now the clearway signs without the extra weight of the tow truck sign  are now  horizontal .... for the moment at least.

 

To be continued

Not learning

October 11th, 2017
  

As part of the $121 million clearway program the RMS is going to do a fair bit of work on the Princes Highway in the Sutherland/Kirrawee area.

 A start has been made, and new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs have been put up in preparation of this  work.

 A number of these signs have caught my eye.

So new are they,  that  wording is still covered.

Will they stay up till  the work is finished and the masked wording is uncovered?

 

 

One example

                                                            And another

                                                                                                                                                                   What can I say.

                                                                                         What sort of contractors

                                                                                            are hired by the RMS?

Not good

September 26th, 2017

On the Princes Highway between Blakehurst and Sutherland  many many of the new Hi-Vis clearway signs have been  re-adjusted at least 3 times,  as previous pages on this website show since 2015.


Many of these again are slowly getting the droopy look, the worst is this one in Gymea of which I took a photo of this morning.

 
 
Slowly under the weight of the bracket with it's one bolt many others will end up looking the same.
 
to be continued.....

 

Contact Details

September 22nd, 2017

I have just spoken to a nice young lady in the Road Minister's Kempsey office.

We had a very amiable chat about badly mounted new Hi-Vis clearway signs.

This has gone on for over two years.

I've waited patiently (since May) for a reply to a stamped, posted letter repeating my concerns to the Minister.

Minister Pavey at a National Party Conferance in Broken Hill, or was it Alice Springs earlier this year, said that she wanted value for money.

She was refering to the high cost of fly in fly out road workere on a local highway project.

I don't think the waste on this $121.000.000  clearway program is great value for money.

 I'm too old to climb up ladders on the side of the road to put up posters.

What I would like is for someone from the RMS to come with me to see for themself the pathetic way this is being handled since  2015

 

 

No Signs

September 22nd, 2017
 
 

 
 
 


Federal Government

 $125 million for a fence around Parliament House
 
 
Which even Politicians, are now starting to question the cost and the appearance.
 
 
 
NSW Government plan to spend $121 Million to replace white clearway signs with Hi-Vis yellow ones
 
 
old ones 
 
 
 
 
 
new ones
 
 
 
 As the last two years of pages on this website show this hasn't worked  too well
 
 
 
 
 

Yesterday afternoon I drove North along Ryde Rd towards the Pacific Highway.

The traffic was bad, stop go from Ryde.

While stuck in this traffic I noticed that some Hi-Vis yellow signs had an extra screw in  the top edge.

 then others had no bracket and were fastened to the pole with two baby screws

 

 

Which I suppose would do for a while,

 

but one of these reafixed signs looked like

this side on,  Daylight

between the sign and the pole

 

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I suggest a small coach bolt be used, with washers

to take up uneveness at the fixing surface of the pole.




To make matters worse in a row of these newly fastened signs was this one

 

Which reminds me of an old one I saw on the way today.

 

                                                                                                              

Why my signs?

September 20th, 2017

 

 I did have posters to put up and this post was prepred before the page above

 

 The reason for my posters is simple.

As the pages of the last couple of years show, is that I have done my best to get a bit of common sense in how to fasten a clearway sign to a pole.

That the $121 million being spent on a "clearway program" to get rid of the white clearway signs and putting up Hi-Vis yellow ones using the same bracket is ridiculous.

The pages are a bit repeditive, but they show in Hi-Vis incompentence by the RMS from Minister Belinda Pavey down.

 

I sent this letter to Road Minister Pavey (with a stamp) in May this year and no response.

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Dear Minister Pavey,

I'm very sorry to bother you as this letter should not have been necessary, but as other options don't seem to have made a satisfactory  difference, I'll try again.

 The RMS is renewing the old white clearway signs on major roads with new HI- Vis yellow ones, but the old brackets used to hold up the white ones don't work, and they don't work on the new ones either.

My website  www.schoolzonesanta.com has many photos showing examples and explaining the problem.

Something has to be done before the new yellow signs are rolled out across NSW

 Please spend a couple of minutes to have a look at my site, or if too busy, delegate someone with a bit of common sense, and who can get something done to fix this very simple problem.

 These are two examples of the old white clearway signs on Roberts Road Greenacre




 And the two above, are less than a year old, and were on display advertising RMS incompetence in  Hi-Vis yellow, on the Princes Highway Gymea.

 Many more examples on www.schoolzonesanta.com

 Thank you for your time.

 Yours faithfully,

  Hans Stephens

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Her office told me that they did receive it.