Transport

Motorcycle levy system a failure, says safety campaigner

The government’s ACC motorbike levy system, which was meant to help meet the higher costs of bike accidents, has not improved road safety, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

The levy system has raised over $15 million, but the majority of it, which was supposed to be spent on road safety projects, remains unspent.

$2.9 million had been spent on road safety projects up to October 2016, projected to grow to $6.3 million by June 2017.

Time to get serious about road safety

The police should have the power to temporarily impound vehicles for seatbelt violations and permanently seize cellphones used by drivers in moving vehicles, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

 

Heavier trucks will mean more road deaths, says campaigner

Heavier trucks will not significantly improve transport efficiency and will lead to more fatal accidents, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

 

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says:

Pedestrians: the forgotten road victims

Thursday October 13th 2016

 

The organiser of the World Sight Day event in Dunedin today has called for a full government inquiry into pedestrian deaths.

Multiple fatality ‘easily preventable’, says safety campaigner

Last Monday’s multiple fatality near Huntly could have been prevented by simple changes in rules and technology, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Brisbane holidaymaker Stephen Phillips, together with his partner’s sons Jasper Williams, 14, and Ruben Williams, 12, were killed when their car collided with a truck on State Highway 1, after veering into the opposing lane.

New Zealand should not accept Chinese driver's licences, says safety campaigner

Chinese nationals should not be allowed to use international driver's licences in New Zealand, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, asks:

Safety campaigner disappointed by Monash/AA safety rating guide

The Monash University / AA list of safe used cars (below) is both impractical and misleading, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says the list mainly recommends vehicles that are large and unreliable.

It's time for alternatives to killer trucks, says safety campaigner

The government must begin promoting alternatives to carrying freight by road, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says:

“Horrific accidents between trucks and cars are now a regular occurrence, especially in high traffic areas such as the Bay of Plenty.”’

Multiple fatality blamed on unsafe road

A lack of safety features on the notorious Desert Road in the central North island was directly responsible for today’s triple fatality, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says today’s accident was a typical example of what happens when roads aren’t properly built and managed.

“You have snow and ice, a driver unfamiliar with the conditions, a truck, and a lack of median barrier. The end result is three dead bodies.”

Tolls won’t heal Auckland's congestion, says motoring expert

Tolling Auckland’s roads will penalise the poor without solving the cause of its congestion, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

"The reason most Aucklanders drive to work is simply because there often aren’t many practical alternatives. If roads are tolled without giving motorists practical alternatives, most people will continue to drive to work, but pay more for the same journey. That’s not fair.”

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