Saturday, September 23, 2023

Bob Jones: Coneland

The election campaign grinds boringly on notwithstanding the ultimate outcome is not in doubt, namely a change of government.

What’s puzzled me about the electioneering to date is the failure by Opposition parties to raise a problem not only unique to New Zealand but at any time in world history anywhere.

That is the traffic cone scourge. This absurdity doubtless traces back to excessive safety zeal by Wellington bureaucrats. Common sense says it’s completely over the top.

Several hundred metres of cones on each side coming and going for either 2 workmen doing something at the side of the road or in many cases, nothing at all is happening. At each end, stop, go sign holders. Traffic is slowed to a crawl as it’s reduced to a single lane.

It’s all so totally unnecessary and hugely costly. Common sense has gone completely out of the window on this.

The incoming government should as a priority, put an end to it instantly.

Sir Bob Jones is a renowned author, columnist , property investor, and former politician, who blogs at No Punches Pulled HERE - where this article was sourced.


Anonymous said...

unfortunately, there is no other way to meet the 'quota' for procurement from maori-owned businesses :(

Robert Arthur said...

The absurdity is that of all the hi viz distractions at roadworks now, about the most insignificant feature is the diminutive 1920s style STOP/GO sign which is far and away the most vital focus of of all.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, am I missing something here - when did they "rename Wellington Coneland"?

Is it something that the "new Mayor" instigated?

Anonymous said...

This is soooo funny. Silly kerbing that obstructs traffic flow and cycle lanes that obscure vision are more absurdities.

How I long for the day when I could simply paddle my waka up Wellington harbour or the Avon River. Accountable only to the local taniwha.

Aha! Are cones the reincarnation of taniwha????

Don said...

WARNING! Do not hit one. Rounding a blind corner on our windy road I was confronted with one on its side in the middle of my lane and could not avoid it. Luckily it missed my left headlight but cracked the left corner up to the grille with a frightening crunch. Had I been on my motorbike it would have been the death of me. I have heard the contractors are paid by the cone hence the proliferation of dozens of them where just a few would do. co