But in another of those 'it ain't only Dubai' moments, it's the Australian Federal Transport Minister talking about Aussie drivers.
I've long complained about the lack of lane discipline in Oz, drivers doing much the same things wrong as here in Dubai.
A single lane road widening into two or more lanes sees the majority of drivers immediately dashing to get into the wrong, overtaking, lane. Slow drivers sit in the overtaking lanes, on freeways and other roads.
Every person I've asked who took lessons and passed their driving test in Oz, without exception, has said that lane driving was not taught or even mentioned.
A couple of recent stories give an idea of how serious the problem is on our roads.
A survey has found Australian drivers are continuing to ignore warnings about road safety and engage in risky and illegal behaviour on the nation's roads.
Almost two thirds of respondents admitted to regularly using their mobiles while driving, twenty-five per cent of respondents felt it was acceptable to speed in some circumstances, sixteen per cent had fallen asleep at the wheel and four per cent believed they had driven while over the legal blood alcohol limit. Almost twenty five percent of drivers have been booked for speeding in the past two years,
I'm sure it's not just in Oz either, many countries have similarly dangerous drivers.
Not just dangerous but incompetent.
How's this for leaving an office block car park...
Photo. Sydney Morning Herald
The driver claims she 'lost control' of her car.
I would have thought that if you're driving sensibly and competently out of a car park it's very difficult to 'lose control' of the car.
We're right to complain about the poor driving standards here but we shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking it doesn't happen elsewhere.