Higher vehicle ratings don't improve driver skills
Regarding the proposed light vehicle registration fee changes.
As I understand these proposed changes, the higher the ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) safety rating of the vehicle, the lower rego cost.
In effect, the following situations would be potentially created:
A) An unsafe driver buys a high-rated ANCAP vehicle and pays less rego fee — whereas a safe driver may buy a lower-rated ANCAP vehicle and is penalised by higher rego fees.
B) Higher-income earners have the funds to buy a high rated ANCAP vehicle and pay less rego fee — whereas those with less income may have to buy a vehicle with lower ANCAP rating but pay a higher rego fee.
C) Tradies who require vehicles which are designed for their work (ie usually vehicles with lower ANCAP rating) will pay higher rego fees.
D) A high ANCAP rated vehicle can be modified by the owner, thereby reducing its rating (ie high performance engine, non OEM tyres, suspension, etc).
How will this be monitored and by whom? What are the consequences?
Ironically, in the edition of the Advertiser that these proposed changes were first mentioned, the cover story was highlighting the many concerns regarding the poor condition of Wollondilly roads.
While safer cars may benefit those who can afford them — safer roads benefit all.
As a driver/motorcycle rider of 40+ years, while I support improved road safety, no ANCAP rating can compensate for a poor driver.
In the last four years I have been hit five times by drivers at fault — whose vehicles had a higher ANCAP rating than mine.
The issue is not safer vehicles, the issue is safer drivers (and better roads).
Thought should be given to a system that visibly identifies those drivers with unsafe driving habits/histories.
We currently have "L" plates and "P" plates. Why not a implement a "USD" (Unsafe Driver Plate) for those who repeatedly/egregiously, flaunt road safety laws?
Bryan Fowler, Oakdale
I refer to "Council accountability", Wollondilly Advertiser, July 23 from Sean Rean, of Wilton.
I don't know Mr Rean and, to my knowledge, I have never met him, so I'm curious to understand why he should write to the Advertiser about me.
He refers to my book Kangaroo Court published a few months ago about the victimisation and reprisal I suffered as an elected councillor.
But he doesn't say whether he has read the book, only that "the wider community doesn't follow her opinion".
Again, I don't know why he needs to make that statement or why he labours on the fact that I wasn't "voted in" at the last election.
Forty-seven candidates stood for nine vacant seats.
I stood as an independent, not as a group, and independents don't get elected.
And what good has the current council done since it was elected?
Mr Rean goes on with a presumptuous demand that I "stop wasting council and the public's time" and that I "do something positive for the community by helping raise funds for things rather than just complaining about them".
Perhaps Mr Rean should take a leaf out of his own book and stop making ludicrous statements just to get his name in the paper.
He might also do me a favour and not raise my name again unless he's got something constructive to say.
Secretary, Wollondilly Residents and Ratepayers Association