In arguably the most controversial new law to be introduced to our roads in decades, reports have been circulating this week that people who don’t offer a wave of acknowledgment after being let through on a narrow street will be fined upwards of $400 per infringement. The potential new law is expected to also extend to motorists who are let in to congested roads from a side road or driveway but fail to acknowledge the kind gesture of their fellow motorist.
Exactly how the new law will be enforced remains unclear, but one source suggested that a squad of undercover officers would be deployed to narrow suburban streets and congested arterials to monitor the behaviour of Melbourne’s motorists while also attempting to improve the unwritten etiquette of our roads. An insider claimed, “Applications for that squad have been enormous, there’s a real groundswell amongst the community to improve etiquette on our roads, and plenty of people want to be at the forefront of that crusade”.
While the majority of motorists seem to have embraced the change, some have spoken out against it. In a small poll conducted by The Watsonia Bugle, a vocal 10% of respondents were against the new law, with one saying, “Just another example of revenue raising. I’m a fairly self-involved person and if I don’t want to acknowledge the kindness of strangers on the road then I don’t have to. Most other motorists are peons, so they should be letting me through in all situations anyway. One of my favourite things to do is cut into the traffic heading north across Grimshaw Street every night during peak hour. It’s my birthright.”