by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Street-smart Opinion We asked: Does the colour of a car have an impact on being able to see it when you are driving? Photos and interviews: Margie Law In our community The way the weather has been this year, I’ve noticed that darker colours are harder to see than lighter colours. I’ve just gone from having a midnight blue car to a white car and I now drive with parking or fog lights on especially on rainy, dull days or in winter. I do this to increase awareness for oncoming traffic. Rob Giblin, Riverside No, I don’t think it does if you have your lights on and do proper indications. Emily Blake, Old Beach It does impact on what I purchase. For safety I try to avoid cars that are grey or dark colours that are similar to roads or surrounds. I drive with my lights on for that reason. Dave Thomas, Naracoorte, South Australia Ido believe it does. The silver grey gun metal colour on dusk is just the worst thing in the world to see, especially when drivers don’t turn their lights on. Perry Ruffels, Invermay Sometimes, it depends what colour it is. We don’t reckon it makes that much of an impact. Emma Riseley and Rachel Flynn, Hobart No, not really. Some colours make cars look better. Heath Marshall, Gagebrook Ross Butler is a former teacher, school principal, real estate consultant and political ‘oncer’ who served in the Tasmanian House of Assembly for 22 months upon the retirement of Paul Lennon. He drives a cab because he is not a golfer, gardener, wood turner nor potter and because he enjoys being useful and engaging with wide humanity. “When I started in the taxi business 30 years ago,” the accredited ta xi operator said, “It was a good, prosperous business that a family man could operate in Hobar t and provide adequately for his family. In the co-op I joined, most of the cabs and licences were owner-operated.” Why the nostalgia for the good old days? And why does talk among operators and dr ivers about what is w rong in the industr y soon boil over into seething anger? The answer lies in the decisions of the State Gover nment and the excessive and costly regulation of the ta xi industr y. I feel obligated to pause and deliver some personal explanation. I am a driver and not burdened with the responsibility of taxi ow nership, nor possessed of full industry knowledge. I admit to some guilt at having been a member of the Government when legislation was passed that turned out to be the cause of the ta xi industr y’s decline in prosperity; although as a taxi dr iver before my election on recount, I had no knowledge of the Government’s legislative plans. In retrospect, I am amazed that no-one from the taxi industry contacted me as an MP to express concern about the legislation. Further, I cannot recall significant opposition expressed from the ta xi industry when the legislation was passed in 2008. This stems from the lack of a strong, unified, politically-conscious and active taxi industry association. In my view, this remains a major impediment to improved prosperity, efficiency and enhanced service standards in an important community industry – an industry whose importance will only grow as elderly people for m a larger propor tion of our population. As has been the case for other groups providing vital services for the community, such as health, education and police, it is necessary to have dynamic dialogue between the Government and strong organisations who understand their areas of operation. The taxi industr y has been subjected in a one-sided way to excessive Government regulation and poor advice from public ser vants who lack sufficient knowledge of the industr y. 14 October / November 2011
MNJ Aug Sep 2011