Having snatched a couple of hours this morning for a ride on the Street Triple, AM was pissed off to find one of his favourite 'scratch' roads had been downgraded from 100km/h to 80 km/h in "the interests of road safety". This road is three lanes wide (one downhill, two uphill to allow passing of slow vehicles), fully laid in smooth asphalt with wide, sweeping corners.
Which leads to the core of this post - rules which are culturally 'incompatible' with the constituency being controlled. AM heard a very stimulating address by Daniel Hannan, MEP for Southern England. The premise of his address was that Britain's constitution laws are founded in principles for which people had fought (and died) for, whereas Brussels created European laws founded in administrative expediency. The cultural dissonance, and general distrust of administrative rule-making, was posed by Hannan as a major reason for the UK's repudiation of the EU's hegemony.
Which segues straight to the now 80 km/h Whittlesea - Kinglake Rd in Victoria. The regulator has deemed that for the general public good, the speed limit shall be lowered by 20 km/h. The road users (observed by the AM this morning) do not believe that the lowering of the speed limit by 20 km/h contributes their safety or well being and continue to travel at 100km/h.
Another example is the urban shopping strip where the AM lives. This section of dual carriage , divided road has had the speed limit reduced to 40 km/h Monday to Saturday. This section of road adjoins a school zone, also speed limited to 40 km/h. Road users drop their speed through the school zone, but not the shopping zone. Road users have rationalised that children pose a real hazard while the speed reduction in the shopping zone is social policy masquerading as a safety initiative.