The Road Ahead Sampler : December January 2010
LEYLAND'S DVDS Sixteen packs of 10 Leyland's Australia episodes, valued at $50 each. WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2009/JAN 2010 6 TRAVEL + LIFESTYLE WELCOME For these great member prize offers GO TO PAGE 64 RACQ HELP VISIT US ON THE WEB RACQ (Club, travel, insurance) racq.com free2go free2go.com.au Email firstname.lastname@example.org ROADSIDE HELP (24 HRS) 13 1111 TTY (impaired hearing) 3248 2074 Y HELP LINE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Medical, home, accident emergency advice. Motoring legal advice. MEMBERSHIP (24 HRS) 13 1905 Join, pay by phone, enquiries. Alterations by fax 3361 2140 INSURANCE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Enquiries, sales, alterations & payments RACQ Insurance claims 13 7202 OTHER RACQ SERVICES Child safety restraints Advice/sales 3872 8926 Mail order 1800 816 523 Driver education 3361 2382 (Rec. driving schools) 1800 680 039 RACQ Finance RACQ car & personal loans 1300 361 316 Technical advice 3666 9148 Members in country areas 1800 623 456 Traffic & Safety 3872 8925 Advice and investigations Travel services Accommodation bookings in Australia (24 hrs) 1800 629 501 Road conditions (recorded) 1300 130 595 Road travel information 3361 2406 (24 hrs, or see website) Travel bookings (Australia & overseas: airline, cruises, car hire, tours) 3832 7000, 1300 888 449 Vehicle storage 3272 5982 Vehicle inspections 13 1905 OFFICES Head Office 3361 2444 P.O. Box 4, Springwood, Qld 4127 Branch/retail offices See 'RACQ' in the phone directory or racq.com. RACQ BOARD Club Patron Penelope Wensley, AO, Governor of Queensland President & Chairman Richard Pietsch Vice Pres. & Dep. Chairman Geoff Leddy Directors Nigel Alexander, Fay Barker, Tony Gambling, Dennis Howe, Elizabeth Jameson, Peter Long, Stephen Maitland, Bronwyn Morris Chief Executive Officer Ian Gillespie LUXURY CANBERRA MASTERPIECES TRIP One Masterpieces trip for two to be won, valued at almost $4000. BALLOON ADVENTURE One hot air ballooning weekend package, valued at $970. RICHARD PIETSCH, RACQ PRESIDENT MATTER OF CHOICE INCREASINGLY, THE RACQ is receiving Q complaints from members about their lack of options for buying petrol at service stations. With the State Government seemingly set on enforcing by the end of 2010 an ethanol mandate for petrol sales in Queensland, some oil companies have already moved to replace their standard unleaded petrol pumps with E10 (unleaded petrol blended with 10 percent ethanol) fuel in preparation for this requirement. This is forcing motorists to travel further to buy fuel, or to buy either more expensive premium unleaded petrol or E10, which they may not want or, in some cases, should not be using. Firstly, those motorists whose vehicles can run on E10 need to be aware that this blended fuel will yield them about three percent worse fuel consumption, so the cost of E10 needs to be three percent less (about 4 cents a litre at current prices) to match the 'value' of unleaded. More importantly, independent research shows that up to 30 percent of our cars are not compatible with E10. So, these motorists will be forced to use premium unleaded, paying up to 9 cents a litre more every time they fill up. Many of these people will be battlers who cannot afford to outlay hundreds of dollars more a year on fuel because of an over zealous government policy. And this is on top of recent price hikes due to the removal of the state fuel subsidy and higher vehicle registration charges. The Queensland Treasurer has said the government is committed to maintaining a choice for motorists between ethanol- blended fuel, unleaded petrol and premium fuels, but already that choice is disappearing. There are better alternatives for promoting renewable fuels than enforcing an ethanol mandate and the RACQ would like the State Government to take a long, hard look at the situation, rather than further increasing many Queensland motorists' fuel bills.
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