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Journeys : June July 2009
In our community Street-smart Opinion Y We asked: Do you think older cars should have to have a safety check before they are re-registered? If so, how old should the cars be before they are checked? es, because most of them don’t have airbags and that sort of thing and the steering wheels might be old and stretched like my car. Probably when they are around 20 years old. Jessica Tuckett Burnie but I don’t have a clue about how old they should be before they get checked. I Brad Pearn Queenstown maintain them to make sure they keep them safe. I’ve got an old car and I keep it serviced. I say it’s got to be safe. Y because you don’t want to be driving around and have something major go wrong. Maybe cars older than the 1990s. I Kylie Dart Burnie P older people too. Mind you, I don’t think that there are as many old cars on the road when you really think about it. Probably even 1980s cars should be checked. Y June / July 09 Jo Sealey Wynyard Photos and interviews by Kelly Madden 12 ersonally I think older cars are better than the new ones, they are sturdier. But maybe they should be checked for other mechanical safety issues. Kieron Keane Penguin es, just to prevent the accidents. I think a lot of the old cars are driven by Julie Lee Lindisfarne think that they should, to make sure that everything is in its proper condition es, probably. I think that people that have cars over a certain age should t depends on how old they are. Maybe really old run-down ones should have to, Dr Owen G Ingles BA, MSc, PhD, FRSC, FIEAust, MIE, MAIE, CChem, CEng, CPEng I read a recent article in Prime Times magazine on the theme of driver testing for older drivers. The piece was written by the RACT’s General Manager - Public Policy and Communications, Vince Taskunas. I t has prompted me to share my thoughts with other RACT members, in the hope that it may help to stir some action in what I believe is the somnolent Tasmanian Government Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. Minister Graham Sturges, your Department has gone to sleep at the wheel! They’ve already ignored the anti-discrimination red light and now they’re weaving all over the road, looking as if they’ll run that government bus right off that March 2010 road – with fatal consequences. Please Minister, take control – and make your staff answerable for their actions! As a first step to correcting obnoxious conditions and controls, may I suggest that they should promptly: • Withdraw the annual road test for medically-fit drivers over 85; or • Provide public evidence of the data and the data processing on which they rely to validate that requirement. As a trained statistician myself (a student of Tasmania’s famous Professor Pitman) I rather doubt they can validate it, but I have been unable to secure any meaningful data or factorial analysis from the Department, despite my representations going back to April last year. All one is told is that they are ‘reviewing the area.’ After 12 months, that’s surely asleep at the wheel ... and if they can’t supply testable figures, that would be admitting discrimination, wouldn’t it? Then of course there’s the state of Tasmania’s roads – too often
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