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"The whole of the 20th century has always put the car at the centre. So by putting the pedestrian first, you create these liveable places I think, with more attraction and interest and character ... liveability."
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The Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 22 June, 2005

Demerit points review shock
Page: 3
Section: General News
Region: Sydney Circulation. 390,410
Type: Capital City Daily
Size: 59.13 sq.cms.

ILLEGALLY parking across a pedestrian crossing will earn fewer demerit points than expected under a new scheme to be introduced next week.

Parking on or near a pedestrian or children's crossing will cost just one demerit point, after a proposed three-point deduction had been supported by motorist and pedestrian organisations.

Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby said blocking the vision of pedestrians stepping out on a crossing is often the cause of accidents.

He said Roads Minister Michael Costa had done a "backdoor deal'' with unions to dilute the three-point proposal supported by former Roads Minister Carl Scully.

"Somehow, without any consultation, Costa has whacked it back to one point,'' Mr Scruby said. "There's been a bit of pressure from taxi drivers, couriers and so forth, who feel it's their right to park on pedestrian crossings.

The RTA, Police, the NRMA and the ministerial task force on road safety had supported an increase to three demerit points.

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