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I wonder if purchasers
of scooters are even
told of the road rules?
NOT SO FAST
I recently travelled the A1 highway
from Raymond Terrace to Grafton and
back. The road surface was fantastic.
What I found strange, however, was the
speed limit changing from 110km/h to
100km/h and back to 110km/h at random
intervals on road surfaces of the same
quality. What do you suppose is the
reason for this?
Phillip Turner, via email
THANKS ALL ROUND
After reading the July/August edition, I
saw that no one has written about those
fabulous people who are courteous and
polite on the roads. I would like to send
them a big ‘THANK YOU’.
I’d also like to acknowledge the
people, who, after you start signalling
a lane change, ease up a bit so that you
can merge safely; and drivers standing
in traffic so that they don’t block a
crossing or exit. Then there’s the people
who wave their thanks when you do the
right thing by them. Thank you!
Rozalia Gow, Canberra
IN THE DARK 1
As a driver, I’m especially worried about
pedestrians dressed in dark colours
and walking along the roads at night.
I live in a country area and I wear a
high-visibility vest over my clothing
when walking my dog at night – both
for my own safety and to assist drivers.
It’s not the most glamorous item in my
wardrobe but at under $6 I think it’s a
On another matter, I’m concerned
that mobility scooters, while a
marvellous aid for the infirm, are sold
regardless of whether the purchaser
has any experience of driving. My own
mother had never driven in her life
and purchased one in her late eighties.
Frankly, her lack of common sense as a
pedestrian was astounding, let alone her
ability to drive even something as slow
as a scooter.
As a pedestrian, I’ve been nudged
from behind on one occasion and more
than once witnessed these scooters
driven across the road without the driver
even looking for oncoming traffic.
Transport NSW has a list of road rules
for those driving scooters and motorised
wheelchairs. I wonder if purchasers of
these scooters are even told of the road
rules and where to find them?
S Lawn, via email
IN THE DARK 2
For the second night in as many weeks,
we’ve had a dark-clothed cyclist, with
no lights, cut in front of our car on a
poorly lit road. In the UK, where I come
from, there were annual campaigns
calling for cyclists to wear white at night
and to strap on lights, emphasising the
vulnerability of cyclists and pedestrians
in dark clothing on unlit roads. The NRMA
should use its considerable influence to
advocate for a similar campaign in NSW.
Joan Zealey, via email
EVs CHARGE AHEAD
I’m all for electric cars, but I can see
a snag at the charging stations, which
I’m sure that other drivers have also
foreseen. I feel that when these become
more popular there’ll be some who’ll
use the chargers as a free parking zone.
They’ll simply hook up for a 30 minute
charge and head off for a ticket-free
shopping spree, while other people wait
in line to charge their cars.
B Miles, via email
Congratulations on your choices for
Australia’s Best Cars. A large range of
vehicle types and prices was covered.
However, given the NRMA’s professed
support for electric vehicles, this
category was notably missing.
With BMW’s i3, Nissan’s Leaf Mk 2,
Tesla’s three models, Hyundai’s IONIQ
and others on the market, it would seem
logical to include them in the line-up.
Perhaps next year?
Peter Stanhope, via email
I’m so delighted that NRMA is leading
the way for electric vehicles by investing
in fast charging.
Choosing an EV remains confusing.
It would be wonderfully helpful if
the NRMA added a ‘Best EV’ vehicle
category to your annual Australia’s
Best Cars selections.
Lisa Paul, Canberra
The Chairman’s Message last issue
spoke of the low rate of adoption of
electric vehicles in Australia. It’s a
well-known fact that the best way to
increase adoption of electric, plug-
in hybrid and hybrid vehicles is a
government financial incentive for their
purchase, which is already in place in
many European countries and the US.
This would substantially reduce our
carbon footprint, but the Australian
government has resisted this option to
date. Perhaps they can be encouraged
more to do so?
James Anderson, Wentworth Falls
Readers say Australia’s Best
Cars awards should include
electric cars like the BMW i3.
22/8/18 3:18 pm
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