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A one page summary of Rob Morgan's experience in traffic and transport since 1973

A 2007 commentary on road safety by Rob Morgan.

Test your knowledge about Australia's standard road signs. Includes answers to all the questions, with lots of illustrations.

Learn how to find your way around AS 1742, Australia's MUTCD, the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

This is where it all began: Rob Morgan's original 1974 report, which contained the first proposal for a busway between the Doncaster area and central Melbourne.

Even today, the busway-based scheme can provide a better public transport service than the 'Doncaster Railway' and at a far lower construction cost and operating cost.

The 2002 book by Rob Morgan contains fifty ideas on how to relocate parking out of the left lane on Melbourne's arterial roads.

It's not just about Clearways.

This book contains Funding Ideas, Legislative and Enforcement Ideas, Town Planning Ideas, Simple Ideas, Signs and Lines Ideas, Engineering Ideas, Complementary Ideas and Route Management Ideas.

Given we are still living with many Clearways that operate over the same times of day as in the 1960s, this book is as relevant today as it was when first published.

In this 2002 paper for an ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) conference in Melbourne, Rob Morgan summarises the issues and ideas in his book on this topic. He also expands on some of the more important issues, like charging for all parking in traffic lanes on arterial roads, establishing municipal parking funds, spending parking revenue on parking infrastructure, and changing local government powers and responsibilities.

These are the guidelines that first got rid of the routine use of the 'Give Way to the Right' Rule and required road authorities to put a stop to the over-use of Stop signs.

Want to see what sensible intersection control guidelines look like?

Sadly, because numerous road authorities still refuse to apply this guide's requirements (which were later adopted in the national MUTCD), we still have too many Stop signs and too few Give Way signs. And that is bad for road safety.

This is Rob Morgan's assessment of road safety's current fad, the 'Safe System' (the basis of 'Towards Zero' and other road safety strategies)

If you want to get a copy of Rob Morgan's book, go to the bottom of the Home Page for ordering details. It costs around $25.


If you want a copy of the 2018 AITPM conference paper that summarises the issues, click here. It's free.

This is a one-page, A4-size colour copy of the road safety philosophy Rob Morgan has developed as an alternative to the Safe System.

It's an update of the black-and-white version in both the book and the 2018 conference paper.

The Safety Star System includes all the necessary elements for road safety that the Safe System ignores.

Now that an Austroads guide (new Guide to Road Safety, Part 6, 2019) requires the integration of Safe System principles into road safety audits, what does this mean?

This pdf of a 2019 Powerpoint presentation by Rob Morgan shows that, were this 'integration' actually to happen, it would result in worse levels of safety. The Safe System's focus on only fatal and serious injury crashes is likely to result in fewer fatal and serious injury crash problems being addressed, than if all possible crashes are considered. And road safety auditing is already looking at all potential crashes and crash types ( - or should be, if carried out by sufficiently experienced road safety engineers).

This is a pdf of a 2017 Powerpoint presentation by Rob Morgan to an AITPM Victorian Branch meeting. It is titled 'Myth-Placed Traffic Engineering' and goes through a wide range of topics where knowledge and understanding that's been gained over several decades is ignored or has simply been forgotten.

Check out which ideas that you hold to be true are actually supported by the facts.

In large part, this 2014 AITPM Conference paper by Rob Morgan discusses the consequences of undervaluing experience.

In this 2005 paper for an ITE conference in Melbourne, Rob Morgan discusses the history of efforts to achieve international uniformity with traffic control devices (signs, lines, delineation and signals) and describes some of the distinct differences of approach in Australia and elsewhere.

Since 1984, Rob Morgan has been an active member of the Standards Australia committee responsible for the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, AS 1742, as well as AS 1743 (Sign Specifications) and AS 1744 (the Alphabet for Traffic Signs).

Establishing functional road hierarchies for urban road networks is one of the most basic principles of traffic management. Sadly it is extremely poorly understood. Fads like 'Smart Roads', 'Link and Place' and 'Movement and Place' proceed without there being any widespread professional appreciation of the topic of functional road hierarchies. The result is needless road safety problems and congestion.

In this 2005 paper for an ITE conference in Melbourne, Rob Morgan sets out the fundamentals and illustrates current problems through local examples.

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