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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
50km/h around Hobart -- your views please Arecent debate over the Hobart City Council's plan to introduce a 50km /h limit throughout the majority of the municipality led to a lively debate in the local press. We are very interested in the views of R ACT members on this issue. The R ACT believes that it makes more sense to take a case-by- case approach to speed limit reductions on sections of the road network, where there may be black-spots, ha zardous corridor conditions or higher risk evaluations, rather than simply imposing blanket speed limit reductions. Speed limits need to be realistic, or compliance levels will fail and driver attitudes toward all-important enforcement will deteriorate further. Speed reductions alone simply cannot be used as a cop-out for proper investment on road improvements and infrastr ucture upgrades. Please send your feedback on this issue directly to our General Manager Public Policy, Vince Taskunas, R ACT GPO Box 1292 Hobart 7001, by email email@example.com or phone 6236 4304. The R ACT's website will soon feature a new interactive blog-style for um for members to express their views on this and other issues. That sinking feeling Ultimate member Veronika Smith writes: "My little Ultimate experience wasn't all that dramatic except that it occurred in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area of WA -- probably just an everyday call out for the guys there, but I did want to give them a little acknowledgment if possible. "I stopped to photograph a magnificent eagle dining on roadkill. It was a narrow road with double white lines between two small hills so I thought I'd better pull right off the road. The edges looked firm and gravelly, but I promptly sank into the sand under neath. When I tried to roll back to get myself out, the weight of the vehicle made it sink even further. Dry quicksand? The few cars passing by didn't even slow down -- the drivers probably thought I had a husband somewhere or were too busy keeping an eye on that treacherous bit of road -- everywhere else you can see for hundreds of kilometres. "Luckily my mobile actually worked here and it wasn't long before Bill from Shark Bay Towing at Denham arrived, courtesy of the R AC. The eagle hadn't moved all the time I was backing and rev ving, so while I was waiting I thought I would still try to get that shot. It was not to be. As soon as he saw me with my camera, the eagle took off. "You can't win 'em all! But when you do have bad luck, it's nice to have that little blue RACT card." In our community Vale -- Wally War ren 'Wally' Ramm, who died of cancer last month, was a senior member of the PMP Print team that produces Motor News Journeys. He was often on-shift when I visited the Clayton plant to see the magazine come off the press. I'll miss Wally's cheerful welcome, his professional printing skills and his sharp eye for small details. CV The Department of Infrastr ucture, Energy and Resources (DIER) war ns motorists to have vehicle defect notices attended to promptly or risk having their registration suspended or cancelled. Fines also apply if a person is caught using a vehicle contrary to the directions on a defect notice. DIER is concerned that defect notices and war ning letters are sometimes ignored, which leads to the vehicle's registration being suspended or cancelled. Driving a vehicle whose registration is suspended or cancelled is an offence carrying heavy pen alties. Defect notices are issued by transport inspectors or police officers to the driver of an unroadworthy vehicle. The notice details what defects were identified and also advises when the defect must be fixed and how the notice must be cleared. Some defect notices may allow for it to be cleared by a person signing the notice to say the defects have been fixed. In other Defect notices -- don't ignore them! cases you may be required to have the vehicle checked by an Approved Inspection Station. All clearance options require a section of the defect notice to be completed and retur ned to the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. If the defects identified on the notice are not fixed within the timeframe set by the transport inspector or police officer, the vehicle cannot be driven or used on a public street. Defect notice timeframes are never extended. If the vehicle has not been fixed or the notice has not been cleared as required, letters are sent to the registered operator advising what action they need to take to ensure the registration of the vehicle is not suspended and/or cancelled. When this advice is ignored the vehicle's registration is first suspended and then cancelled. If a vehicle's registration is cancelled through this process, its registration status cannot be reinstated until it has passed a full roadworthy inspection. Above all else, DIER reminds registered operators that it is their responsibility to ensure that their vehicles are not allowed to be used on a public street when they are unroadworthy. 9 June /July 2010
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