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A car has been photographed driving on Canberra's light rail tracks during peak hour on Wednesday night.
The car was seen on the tracks just before 6pm at the Gunghahlin Place station.
Commuter Steve Ward was waiting on the platform for a Civic-bound tram and said station staff tried to get the driver to move off the tracks before the next tram arrived.
"I was waiting for the 6pm tram when I noticed a vehicle coming down the tracks towards the station," Mr Ward said.
"I informed [the station staff] of what was happening and they started chasing the vehicle, which had started reversing.
"It seemed the station staff wanted the vehicle to stop but it didn't."
The driver of the car managed to reverse the car off the tracks before the tram pulled into the station.
"It reversed out incident free and the 6pm tram left on time," Mr Ward said.
The incident did not lead to any delays on the light rail network.
Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris said it was fortunate the traffic incident was minor.
"It's not safe or the right thing to do. We will see these minor incidents, and luckily they are minor," Ms Fitzharris said.
"Whoever responsible was probably horrified once they had realised what they had done."
The minister said light rail drivers were trained to handle situations such as cars making their way onto the tracks.
It's not the first near miss involving cars near Canberra's light rail.
Footage was released in April, before the light rail's opening, of several incidents of trams nearly hitting cars and pedestrians.
An Uber driver also had a near miss at an intersection after a tram ran a red light, leading the tram driver's temporary suspension.
A pedestrian crossing the tracks on Northbourne Avenue was hospitalised in March after being struck by the tram.
ACT police can fine drivers up to $464 for unsafe conduct around the light rail route.
This article first appeared on www.canberratimes.com.au
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