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Journeys : Aug Sep 2012
Member in focus Cynthia Hulsman lives in Devonport with her husband. She has three sons and three grandchildren. A retired school teacher, she joined the RACT 51 years ago. Why did you join the RACT? When I bought my first car my father suggested it would be a good idea because I was doing a lot of travelling for teaching and was coming home for weekends. What’s the most memorable time you’ve been helped by being a member of the RACT? Actually, I haven’t needed help much at all. A long time ago, we were travelling to George Tow n for Christmas and we broke dow n in between Hagley and Carrick on Christmas Eve. My husband went to a house nearby to use the phone and the lady was having a Christmas party for her dogs! Other than that I have just needed help with a tyre change or locking my keys in, maybe only four times – but it’s handy to know they are there. Tell me about your current car. 2002 Mazda Metro. I’ve had quite a few Mazdas and I like them. Do you have any stickers on your car? Only the R ACT Gold Membership sticker. What is your biggest motoring gripe? Well, one is people not indicating when they’re turning, especially at an intersection. They go to the intersection and you think they’re going straight and you pull up behind them and then they put on their indicator to turn right and you’re stuck there. I also don’t like tailgaters, they have no patience. After the family photos, what is your most precious possession, the thing you would try to grab if there was ever a fire? My husband and the dog and my handbag. What is your most memorable holiday moment? I’ve been to a lot of places but probably when we went to India and Kenya and we took our children with us and stayed with families we knew. It was really nice to experience these countries through a local family. What about your favourite holiday destination? One of my favourites would be Norfolk Island and that was a holiday we booked through the R ACT. Where do you plan to spend your next holiday? Two sons live in Queensland and one in Sydney so we’re planning to go in September to see them and also celebrate my auntie’s 90th bir thday on the Gold Coast. In our community requirement until they go for their provisional licence. This is placing a lot of faith in the hands of a private trainer! If the statistics show a low incidence of accidents in the motorcycle riding cohort to support this program, then we believe the government should undertake a comparative analysis of L1 licensed drivers, to support a similar program for them. This is disadvantaging our young people, probably more so in the North West. Where we live there is no public transport so it is hard or impossible for young people without a driving licence to get to part-time work and the university, or have access to social outings or recreational activities when parents are at work or away. Our daughter was fortunate enough to get a place at university on the Cradle Coast, but to access the units that she needs to complete her degree she will have to relocate to Hobart or Launceston next year. We are all pleased that she passed her L2 test in April, but she must wait until Januar y to go for her provisional licence. If she fails this, she will only be able to get further driving experience during her visits home in the semester breaks. Her driving skills will drop off between times of practice – will this make her a safer driver? Of course not! Everyone should be concerned at the stories of young people who are now driving without a licence, due to the complexities involved with getting the L2. Then there is the cost of the L2 test, which creates a vicious circle – no licence, can’t get to work, don’t get paid, can’t afford test, no licence! Young people, particularly in regional areas, are being severely disadvantaged by the testing system. Their confidence is being knocked back and their ability to access employment and education is being hampered. How can this state afford to lose educated and working young people who ultimately will become taxpayers of the future, when their efforts are being thwarted by such a r igid and ridiculous policy? A rev iew needs to be held into how the assessors are judging learner drivers. If the L2 licence system has to remain, then surely testers should be looking for driving fundamentals, keeping in mind that the learner will be supervised for another nine months. In our opinion, the Government should invest in a substantial multi-day safe-driving course that learners can access in their own region – this should take the place of the L2 test. I am sure we are not the only parents who would see this as a worthwhile investment. Miranda and Jhodi Yovich August / September 2012 11
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