VIEWPOINT - Turn Signals and 4 Way Flashers
We are asked to give buses a break but the problem is that when they are parked at the curb the drivers have their 4 way flashers on. Unfortunately these 4 way flashers use the same lights as the turn signals. If there is more than one bus in the line when the driver switches from 4 way to turn signal there is no way to tell what you are seeing.
Commercial vehicles on hills
This is a situation a friend ran into the other day.
He was passing a slow moving truck in Rogers Pass. Unfortunately another truck decided to pass at the same time and was just creeping by. Due to the speed the trucks were going both had their 4 way flashers on. When he was abreast of the landing gear on the trailer the truck he was passing started pulling into his lane. He eventually had to come to a stop to let this truck in forcing the car behind him also to stop. When the truck was in the passing lane he could see what the problem was a tow truck was picking up a broken down car. The tow truck and car were off the road but the Park Rangers had their pick-up with its red and blue lights flashing sitting half way into the right lane. The Ranger by parking how he did closed the right lane forcing everyone into the left.
Again the problem was when the driver of the truck he was passing switched from his 4 ways to turn signals there was no change. And having vision restricted by the trucks he could not see what was going on.
This is what I think could make things safer for everyone involved.
All new cars/trucks should be required to switch to where brake and hazard lights are red. Turn signals are only to be amber. This way when you see red lights flashing you know that you are looking at the 4 way flashers. When you see amber flashing it is the turn signals.
Final thought on Translink. Why do the buses use the 4 way flashers when parked at the curb? Leave these off. Brake lights are sufficient. When they are ready to proceed signal they want to move left. If they are going to continue in the curb lane why signal they want to move left. They are not changing lanes just proceeding. I want to give them the break they ask for but please eliminate the confusion on what they are doing. You are just creating a dangerous situation when you stop to let a transit bus move into your lane only to have him proceed in the curb lane.