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Journeys : Feb March 2010
Your views Cars, shorebirds and beaches don't mix Tasmania boasts 40 different species of shorebirds, a mix of locals and travellers. Some of these birds make their yearly jour ney after breeding in China, Mongolia, Russia and North America, sometimes travelling up to 25,000 kilometres. Tasmania plays a vital role in providing feeding and nesting sites for these marathon fliers. The breeding season is between 1 September and 30 April. Some birds have become rare -- the Little Tern has only 10 pairs left in Tasmania. To protect thes e precious shorebirds, Birds Tasmania, the Threatened Species Unit, Birds Australia and the Tasmanian Con ser vation Tr ust recommend: • Walk on the tideline (shorebirds nest above the high-tide mark) • Respect no-go zones for dogs • Leave eggs undisturbed • Give birds room on the beach • Leave nesting material (seaweed and beach debris) in place • Don’t drive vehicles along breeding beaches So I would ask -- is taking vehicles onto beaches (except to launch boats where per mitted) really necessary, when there is so much to lose? Ellen Day Battery Point Crack a windscreen, lose your rego When driving to Hobart on Wednesday 25th March this year, a stone fell off a tr uck as I passed it just south of Perth and cracked the windscreen. (Luckily it hit the bonnet first or else it would have come straight through the windscreen) As I approached Hobart dow n the Brooker Highway, I went through a police safety check where all vehicles were being inspected. (Good effort and I support more of it!) RACT followed this up with DIER. It resulted in an investigation of the systems and subsequent discovery of a 'system fault' that led to the problem Mr Reid encountered. In short, he should have received other correspondence before his registration was cancelled. At RACT's regular meeting with DIER general managers, we were advised that system changes were being put in place to ensure that this sort of registration cancellation would not be happening to other motorists. This demonstrates the importance of the RACT Advisory Committees in bringing grass-roots issues to the table -- and also the effectiveness of our regular consultation meetings with the Department at senior officer level, to help get resolution to problems. Vince Taskunas RACT General Manager - Public Policy and Communications Please explain I found the letter published in the last issue from Keith Anderson a breath of fresh air! Finally someone has noticed that END signs do no good at all. The thing is we are constantly telling people to be more careful on the road and obey the speed limit. But how can we when the speed limit isn't stated? All well and good telling me what I am not allowed to do but does this mean I can choose my ow n speed limit? I think not! The fact is that in Tasmania, not all the highways are the same. The East Coast has a limit of 100 where highways in the Midlands and the North West are 110. Now for a traveller who is unaware of this, what are they expected to do? Take a wild stab at the speed and hope for the best? To me, this is not enforcing safe driving. And the fact that the original speed limit signs were removed for these END signs to be put in -- surely that was a waste of money? I would love it someone could explain why these signs have been approved. Laura Bishop I'm no road-hog Motor News Journeys has recently published a number of letters from correspondents referring disparagingly to drivers who drive below the speed limit. I have held a driver's licence for 35 years and have never been involved in an accident, nor have I lost any demerit points. As an older driver, aged 76, I am perturbed at this attitude and resent the term ‘road-hog’ (which the Macquarie Diction ary defines as a ‘a selfish or aggressive driver') being applied to me. As a result I got a defect notice for the cracked windscreen, which I had repaired two days later. While the windscreen was being repaired, the defect notice was lost, so I could not send it back. I tried ringing Ser vice Tasmania, but did not get through and I took no further action. Until -- I received an Important Warning, telling me that my registration had been cancelled because I had not signed and retur ned the defect notice. I checked the records to confir m the registration was paid and wrote to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. The response was a phone call infor ming me that the registration had been cancelled without letting me know. I was told to sign and return a copy of the defect notice and the registration would be rein stated. I did this -- but I am concerned that I could have been driving an unregistered vehicle without knowing it until the date of the Registration Certificate came due. Russell Reid Member of the RACT Norther n Advisory Committee In our community February / March 10 12
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