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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
statistics and the R ACT says that many of them don’t realise the consequences until they are involved in a crash. Without current registration, motorists may not have access to their no-fault insurance cover, endanger ing their financial future – and that of others – if they are in a crash. They may lose access to a range of benefits such as the costs of medical and disability serv ices, funeral and death benefits, and loss of earnings and housekeeping allowances. The same applies to unlicensed drivers. “The RACT remains concerned by anecdotal information that some young people are finding the cost of repeated dr iver licence testing to be so high that they are tempted to drive unlicensed,” says the RACT’s GM Communications, Vince Taskunas. “A crash when you are unlicensed or unregistered may lead to years of cost burdens, court proceedings, and difficulty accessing funds for rehabilitation and medical treatment. The answer is simple: a no-fault insurance system that helps you recuperate and get your life back together again. But to access the MAIB you must be licensed and you must be registered.” The RACT is calling for Tasmania Police to maintain a robust schedule of automatic number plate recog nition camera operations around the state to reduce the number of unregistered and unlicensed drivers on Tasmanian roads. A lso, for those people considering the purchase of a vehicle, a search can be undertaken on the Personal Property Securities Register. The PPSR is a single national register of secured interests in personal property with lodgement and search facilities available over the inter net. For a fee of $3.70 it enables you to search for the full details of a vehicle. Information can be found at www.ppsr.gov.au or by calling 1300 007 777. The Department of Infrastructure has an information page about the changes with a list of frequently asked questions here: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/ registration_information/important_ changes_to_vehicle_registration Car registration remains vital for family security W ith the abolition of registration labels on cars now a reality, motorists will need to keep a closer eye on their registration due dates, the RACT warns. Registration labels began being phased out for light vehicles from September 1, although the Government w ill continue to send renewal notices. The RACT is urging all Tasmanians to ensure their car is reg istered. No registration means no MAIB insurance cover in the event of a crash, which could leave crash victims in a desperate financial position. Unregistered and unlicensed drivers already figure disproportionately in road crash The RACT is continuing our annual program of free vehicle safety check s. The first session was held at UTAS in Hobart and revealed safety and mechanical issues both minor and major: • Four vehicles had at least one unsafe tyre • Three revealed significant electrical faults • Two had front and rear wiper blades that needed replacing for safe driv ing • One vehicle presented with significant mechanical and safety defects requiring urgent attention • Eight cars had easily-rectified minor issues Other free sessions were held at Harvey Norman in Hobart and at Kmart in Racecourse Crescent, Launceston. Our Roadside technicians assessed a variety of vehicle safety and reliability issues free of charge, from the tread on the tyres and the functioning of the lights, to the installation of child restraints. Motorists at the vehicle checks were also given brochures providing a handy refresher of basic road safety, such as ensuring tyres are roadworthy, driving to the conditions, the dangers of inattention and the importance of hav ing the right child restraints and making sure they are properly fitted. In Hobart, around 20 vehicles were checked and our technicians again found worn tyres, minor electrical and lighting faults, malfunctioning seatbelts and incorrectly- fitted child restraints. One of the vehicles would have failed a roadworthy inspection. Similar faults were discovered in the Launceston checks, where a particular concern was the high number of wrongly- installed child restraints. If you’re concerned about the child restraint in your car, call in to RACT Hobart or Launceston branches for a free inspection and check for R ACT members and non-members. There’s a small charge for minor adjustments ($12 club members, $16.50 non-members). New child restraint fittings are by appointment at Hobart and Launceston branches – $27.50 for members, $40.00 for non members. Free vehicle safety checks October / November 2012 7 In our community
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