What are the rules in Sydney in regards to being able to pass a malfuntioning signal at danger?
In those sort of situations I would have thought the driver would call up the area controller, inform him/her of the malfuntioning signal and get permission to pass the signal at danger (if the route ahead was clear) and be on their way.
It's also interesting to note that these vandals know how to tamper with the railway safeworking equipment and get a signal to stay at danger so they can vandalise the trains. It makes me think there must be someone in the railways thats passing this information onto these fools. Either that, or they spend a hell of alot of time studying how railway safeworking systems work and ways to make it malfunction. (might be part of their "honarary piece of human garbage acceptance exam").
They also don't seem to be in a hurry to get their work done, probably because they know the chances of someone turning up and actually catching them is very unlikely. Even if they do get caught, there doesn't seem to be too much of a detterant in place to stop the vandals reoffending as this problem has been going on for years, and nothing seems to get done to stop it, short of building razor wire fences around all the loco depots.
The other problem with these idiots is the bleeding heart do-gooder lawyers who stand up for them. The old saying "you do the crime you do the time" just doesn't seem to stick anymore. It more or less becomes a case of "you do the crime and we'll give you 10 verbal warnings, 30 juvenile cautions, a good behavior bond, bail, a suspended sentance, weekend detention, and then maby some time if you're unlucky".