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Journeys : Dec 2012 Jan 2013
Your views Cuts call for a review W ith the necessary Giddings Gover nment cuts to our police force, to retur n our budget into the black, surely it is time to review the police procedures, seeking the need for fewer police to achieve a better result than we do now. Maybe using newer equipment. I have noticed the police cut-backs lowering bench marks failed to include pedestrians. In the meantime registration labels have been scrapped, when surely the owner should have had the option of receiving a registration label. Now without a label how does the public know how long the car they are interested in is registered, and if in fact the registration plates belong to that car? Jim Campbell Ulverstone Do-it-yourself rego stickers J ust reading the last Jour neys and I see that Tassie is also stopping car registration stickers. Wester n Australia stopped them a few years ago so I came up with this idea to remind me when my rego is due. Where the rego sticker used to go on the windscreen I taped on my ow n expiry date, which I cut off the statement I received. As sticky tape is a hassle to get off, I fold the corner over, which makes it easy to peel off, ready for the following year's clipping. If you reckon this is a good idea, why not print it in Journeys -- it might help to remind others when the payment is due. Brian Cronk Newman, WA Mistaken identity -- and a piece of history M y story happened a few years ago while retur ning back to Ulverstone from Devonport. Now moder n cars do spoil us and my recently purchased second car was not equipped with pretty music (like my Stato) when the fuel level got low, so yep, I ran out of petrol on the second of the two high points of Don Hill. A quick call to R ACT assured me that someone would be there very soon. I didn't have to wait long at all, it only seemed like a couple of minutes, when I saw an RACT van pull up on the first high point of Don Hill. I presumed he was getting his bearings to where I may be. Then he got mobile again towards me, so I just stood beside my car. But it appeared he was going too fast to stop at my point, and he was, he was going to another call along Lillico's Straight, not mine. But after frantic waving, (I didn't know then he was not looking for me), he stopped and backed up. He had me going within minutes and was on his merry way -- to attend to the real reason he was on a call-out! By the way, my grandfather, the late Cecil George Miller, was R ACT's very first Road patrolman back in about 1928 till 1936, from memory. I still have the watch presented to him when he left, well-worn I might add. I also still have the solid brass R ACT bumper emblem, number 175. He used to do his patrolling on a Harley Davidson with box side-chair and I have pictures of Grandad with the outfit. My dad was his only son, and his only daughter still resides in Devonport. Dave Miller De vonport How dark is too dark? I an Main's letter to Jour neys sugge sts putting anti-graffiti film on road signs. I ow n and manage a window tinting business and I do not think that the idea would be practical for a number of reason s. The clear safety/anti-graffiti film s are more expensive than the regular films for the number of sign s that would have to be done. Weathering would limit ser viceability. The film could not be installed onto previous signs that have had vinyl signage done as the removal of the clear top-coated film means potentially damaging the sign on removal. Having said that, the clear safety/ anti-graffiti films are certainly worth considering in the right application s when you consider the value of the products that need to be protected. But one must understand the products' limitations and balance out the cost benefits of its application. Another note regarding window tinting to vehicles -- over the past 30 years that I've been window tinting, the laws have changed, with double standards applied. Imported vehicles are allowed to have very dark body (manufactured) tinted glass behind the driver's position and yet local window tinting operators are not allowed to use a film of the same darkness. A few years ago all the window film importers tried in vain to lobby the Gover nment to bring some common sense to these regulations. I have lived and work all around Australia and I know that the sun is very strong here in Tasm ania, so vehicles require better sun protection. Gary Lane Devonport Fold here 12 December 2012 / January 2013 In our community
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