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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
December 2010 / January 2011 29 Pickles Auctions For real peace of mind, purchase an RACT roadworthy inspected vehicle. See your local paper every Saturday for over 80 vehicles. Or for a detailed listing and photographs of vehi- cles visit our website. www.pickles.com.au Government & Fleet vehicle auction Fixed Price Sales Saturday 9am to 2pm and Monday 8am to 4.30pm 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent ParK 7009 Ph: (03) 6108 8444 Life on the move Insurance matters A regular column from RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers For many Tasmanians, it’s holiday time – time for the shack, interstate and overseas travel. Even if you’re staying home, the warmer weather is an enticement to throw open the windows and the doors and let the air in. But a word of caution! Recently we checked trends in our claims data and noticed that last summer there was an increase in claims for burglaries, where force was not used to gain entry to the home. In other words, the house was not sufficiently secured. Thieves can be incredibly brazen. We regularly experience claims when burglars enter the back door while the residents of the home are at the front of the house. Sometimes they are disturbed and nothing is stolen – but at other times they manage to get away with loose items lying around the house. Interestingly, according to our data, these types of crimes drop off in the winter months when people tend to be at home more, and doors and windows are likely to be shut. So make sure you remain security-conscious over the warmer summer months, even when you’re at home. If you’re going away, plan for your home’s security. That’s where neighbours can be a great help. They can collect mail, re-position curtains in rooms facing the road and turn lights and radios on and off. A timing switch for lights is also useful and if you don’t have a security system fitted in your home, give it some consideration. Finally, if you are on the roads, please travel safely. On behalf of R ACT Insurance, enjoy the festive season. Making service stations accessible Peter Hatters, Secretary of the Tasmanian Amputee Society writes: You don’t have to be living w ith profound disabilities to be subjected to ‘disability discr imination’. These days, most so-called ‘ser vice’ stations are simply fuel retailers – ver y few offer driveway service as they did the past. We need to congratulate the smart ones that do. In countries like Canada and Denmark, disability access is taken seriously and embraced. People w ith disabilities repor tedly make up 23% of the population in Tasmania, although the actual figures are estimated to be closer to 35% at any given time. This extra hidden percentage would incorporate those with a temporar y yet ‘significant’ disability; those recovering from an operation or illness; those who do not qualify for a pension because they fail the means test; those who just live with their disabilities and never bother to try to claim a pension and visitors to Tasmania. Caltex Westbury is a true ‘service station’ – our picture shows driveway attendant Geoff Fox assisting a customer with a disability. Manager R itchie Fellows says that his ser vice station is also an RACT Roadside service provider in the Westbury area.
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