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car tax (LCT) on it. This is a very narrow-
minded penalty for people that want to buy
a Tesla and have clean air with no pollution.
Some European countries, like Germany
and the UK, assist Tesla buyers with at least
a $10K voucher and no additional tax, but
our government is making this fantastic
technology even more inaccessible.
I’d like someone to please explain and
justify adding the LCT to Tesla models.
Why can’t we just follow the example of
European countries and assist buyers in
switching to zero pollution vehicles?
Vlado Damjanovski, via email
FAST AND SLOW
Most of us drivers setting out on our
journeys intend to be at, or just below, the
speed limit. But there are far too many
speeders and crawlers. The road is neither
a racetrack nor for idle recreation.
Speeding drivers frequently tailgate
those of us who intend to remain legal to
suit road and traffic conditions, and try to
nudge us into speeds above the limits.
Don’t these people realise how little
reaction time they’re giving themselves?
We all know the role speed plays in our
accident statistics and these lunatics have
caused some well publicised fatal
accidents in our area of late.
Then there are the crawlers. I would
suggest the frustration they induce in
people stuck behind them is almost as
dangerous as speeding. Often they pull out
of driveways or side roads inappropriately,
causing us all to slow down and follow their
48km/h in a 60km/h zone. These drivers
seem so unaware of what they’re doing,
or they just don’t care.
I’ll stay out of the discussion about which
age groups are more heavily represented as
speeders or crawlers. I say this as someone
who is closer to 70 years old than 60.
John Blackhawk, Umina Beach
On page 58 (Sept/Oct issue) is an article
about parents teaching learner drivers
incorrectly (and driving instructors
correcting them, thankfully). Coral Taylor
says “the results highlight just how
important it is for learners to get lessons
with a professional”.
While I agree wholeheartedly that
this suggestion is an extremely good
idea, I think the bigger problem is that
the parents are not driving correctly
themselves. Perhaps this is the real
issue. Where are the refresher tests for
those who have had their licence for five,
10 and 30 years?
Nedene Tracz, Berrima
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Why don’t you lobby the government
about banning all drivers from eating while
driving vehicles? Two years ago, a friend
failed his driving test in NSW for not
keeping both hands on the steering wheel.
Surely eating at the wheel is even less safe
than driving with one hand.
TJ Richards, via email
I would like to acknowledge the
marvellous assistance I received from a
patrolman called Daniel. I had mislaid my
car keys after loading my shopping into
the boot and putting down the lid, which
automatically locked the car. I had my
handbag, but could not find my car keys.
I called the NRMA and Daniel arrived
within 35 minutes to open the car. When
we checked the boot, the keys were
nowhere to be seen. Daniel helped me
go through all the groceries and still no
keys. I had checked the trolley, but Daniel
checked the trolley bay, finding my keys
had dropped out of my bag, through the
trolley and down into the bay.
really grateful and just wanted to thank
Daniel and acknowledge his assistance,
well above and beyond the call of duty.
Robyn Dodd, Kellyville
Reader Lenore Sarka of Moruya on the NSW South Coast recently sent us a copy
of the NRMA Insurance certificate for her father’s first car, which he bought in 1925.
The original certificate is enormous, equal to four pages of Open Road, and proves
that legalese hasn’t changed much in the past 90 years – unintelligible 75-word
sentences are the order of the day.
This single annual policy (costing £9/2s) covers everything that is now separated
into green slip, third party property and comprehensive insurance. The policy is also
very specific; coverage is until “four o’clock in the afternoon” on October 9, 1926.
It identifies the owner as Charles Leslie Raymond of Parkes Street in Thornleigh.
The car insured is a 1924 Peugeot that was bought on October 7, 1925, for £190 – less
than half the £435 purchase price when new. Now that’s some nasty depreciation!
This insurance policy is not the family’s only link with NRMA history. “ My sister
also worked in the legal department of the NRMA until 1958,” Lenore writes, “at
which time she had to leave as she was getting married – and the NRMA did not
employ married women in those days!”
Why can’t we follow European countries in
assisting the switch to zero pollution vehicles?
THE WAY WE WERE 1925
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In our feature story ‘A Night with the Stars’ last issue,
the moon photo on page 30 was incorrectly attributed to
Samuel P. This should have read Samuel Leung. The
Great Orion Nebula photo, which appears at the top of
the same page, was taken by Mathias Sorg.
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