A rider who hit a car doing an illegal u-turn across double white lines is claiming police hypocrisy for inaction while fining him for allegedly clipping an unbroken white line in a separate incident.
Tristan Holland says the two different approaches by Queensland Police smack of hypocrisy.
Earlier this year, Tristan was fined for allegedly clipping an unbroken white line at the end of a painted traffic island on Centenary Motorway.
He claims he didn’t touch the white line and is challenging the matter in court on 16 October 2019. (Update: the court upheld the fine)
Police are relying on blurry photographic evidence from a body cam taken about 90m from the scene.
Meanwhile, he says a driver who caused him to crash his motorcycle into their car after dangerously crossing a painted traffic island has not been fined by police.
“This morning I had a car do an illegal u-turn off a ‘turn left with care’ slip road right in front of me leaving me with nowhere to go,” says Tristan who was “battered and bruised”.
His 2016 Suzuki Hayabusa was damaged, but still rideable.
He reported the crash to Police Link, but says it was deemed a “non-reportable traffic incident” because no one was taken away in an ambulance.
“That means the QPS will not investigate nor issue any infringement notice to the driver,” Tristan says.
“There is no doubt the crash occurred because of the damage to the car’s door and my bike, plus the driver admitted fault to his insurance company.
“So why no infringement notice?
“I find it interesting that QPS will not investigate this, but will hound drivers/riders for allegedly crossing a solid white line based on questionable video footage from 90m away.
“So if you break the law, cause an accident, provided no one is injured, then you don’t loose any demerit points.
“But, if you break the law, hurt no one and police have video footage you are treated like a criminal.”
Update: The driver has admitted liability.