It seems the wording in law was changed last year. It is now more or less as you stated.
Road rules version 2017. Scroll to rule point 130. https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/Domino/Web_Notes/LDMS/LTObject_Store/LTObjSt10.nsf/DDE300B846EED9C7CA257616000A3571/B8108619E4506FFECA25814E001C0FAB/%24FILE/17-41sra001%2520authorised.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjLueSM_vXZAhUDVbwKHS8KBMwQFjAQegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw0B1FOgbXlCwIIJvMEPBdhh
We have recently made XD and E rear sedan bumpers with complete inners that look mint and bolt up as factory and nobody has ordered one despite shitloads of interest and requests, so a front bumper probably wont happen for a while unless we get some genuine buyers
That right there is just an illustration of commonsense and how nobody behind the wheel seems to have any anymore.
Vic is about the only state where its not illegal to drive in the right lane as long as you're not holding up traffic and traveling at speed. Obviously giving way to emergency vehicles is also commonsense. I drive in the right often. Saves being caught out by crap merging lanes and people not looking at the road. I don't hold anyone up.... unless you're attempting to do 120 because you're self important and then I don't give a rats.
The bulky pillars that limit vision are mainly part of a juggle between the safety cell "occupant protection", cosmetics and function. To make the cars sexy and safe they end up this way.
There is no way around it, new cars practically have a roll cage built into the cabin pillars. And the result is large pillars and blind spots. Its your job as the vehicle pilot to be aware of these limitations and act accordingly. Id rather that then the sticks that they called pillars in old cars that just held the roof on. Yes, i can see a LOT better in my 89 isuzu trooper or 80's falcon then i can in my 2016 falcob. But i know what car id rather be in if the 2 were to collide.
i'd make the rule, if you are going further than 3 exits DON'T be in the far left lane..
if you are going 50km and can do the speed of the traffic, BE in the FAR RIGHT LANE.. Move over for tail gater to pass..
I think their stats are definitely skewed towards saying what they want. I do recognise that a proportion of those drivers shouldn't be on the road but its not the cars fault. Its not the lack of airbags or detectors in those cases that make for an untimely end. Its plain stupidity, arrogance and occasionally ignorance as well.
Step one in all this... construct a road system that is conducive to safe driving. Just one example, entrance and exit ramps that allow clear visibility and appropriate speed adjustment for safe merging. Step two go back to making cars you can see out of. All these safety additions create a bulkier frame that can easily hide a semi behind the pillar from even an attentive driver. step three is probably stop issuing licenses via cornflakes packets... Step four? Make smart phones truly smart so they know when you're driving and not accept any calls/messages of any kind while the car is switched on or in gear or similar.
Why the heck are all these safe cars equipped with big screen TVs in view/reach of the driver anyway?
1998 to 2001 cars are probably the VT commodore owners that are texting and off their face on drugs and alcohol?
i wondered the same when i read it also..
or are they the indians that buy those model camrys that may or may not even have a license?
were the deaths, due to not wearing a seatbelt for eg?
some one i worked with said once.... if they put a knife in the air bag people would be too scared to crash.. therefore might actually concentrate more on driving safely..
i see so many morons on the highway if you could submit a dash cam file for RE LICENCE TESTING for Moron behavior, the roads would be safer..