Warrnambool taxi driver calls for pedestrian crossing changes after crash

CRASH: Warrnambool taxi driver Chris Ross points out the damage to his car after a bingle in a city roundabout.
CRASH: Warrnambool taxi driver Chris Ross points out the damage to his car after a bingle in a city roundabout.

A Warrnambool taxi driver has called for changes to the controversial pedestrian crossings near two city roundabouts.

Chris Ross was involved in a bingle on Tuesday afternoon, which left the rear side of his taxi damaged.

Mr Ross said he was driving through the Lava/Liebig street roundabout when a pedestrian stepped onto the crossing in front of the car ahead of him. 

That driver stopped to allow the pedestrian to cross, however the car behind him then ran into his car. 

“I was stopped in the actual roundabout,” he said.

Mr Ross suggested the pedestrian crossings should be moved closer to the middle of the streets.

“It’s fair enough to have the roundabouts – we need them. But the pedestrian crossings need to be 50 metres off the roundabout,” he said. “That could make it a little bit safer.

“Maybe amber flashing lights could also help. They definitely need something.”

He said the roundabouts were “a disgrace”.

“You see that many near misses, it’s not funny,” he said.

“Something needs to be done.” 

He said it was the first time he had been involved in an accident at the roundabouts. 

The incident comes after a petition to remove the pedestrian crossings has garnered almost 6000 signatures.

The petition organisers have said they will submit it for tabling at an upcoming Warrnambool City Council meeting.