Could THIS Be Why Trucks Keep Hitting The Baysie Bridge?
Ahhh, the Bayswater Subway, possibly the only structure in Perth which has its own Instagram and website (the perfectly-named howmanydayssincebayswaterbridgehasbeenhit.com) devoted entirely to it being hit by motorists.
At the time of publish, it was last hit 10 days ago, which means 2018 has been incident-free. We also know it’s only a matter of time before that changes.
But despite its notorious reputation and warning signs (including one that flashes), 96FM’s Paul & Lise wanted to know how on earth people were still managing to get stuck.
Dave from Ellenbrook, a truckie, had previously called to say he knew why.
“The reason it’s being hit so much now is because Google Maps keeps taking people that way.”
Julian in Wembley agreed that the map app was partly to blame as it finds the quickest and shortest route.
He also mentioned that motorists looking at Google Maps – not just listening to its directions – was a factor.
“They’ll look at that – not the whole time – but every now and then to check they’re going the right way or they’re looking for the next turn and miss the signs.”
Julian suggested that truck drivers should be able to set height limits within the app, which Paul thought was a great idea.
“And if you get too close to the bridge, then your ignition switches off,” he deadpanned.