The Road Ahead : August 2010
DRIVE NEWS MOTORING FAQS WITH RACQ show and tell SAFETY CERTIFICATES Car sellers are reminded of the requirement to display a safety certificate on their vehicle from the moment of it being offered for sale -- or risk an on-the-spot $300 fine. For private sellers, safety certificates may be used for one new registration and one transfer of registration provided they are within the two months or 2000 km limit, whichever comes first. The only time a safety certificate is not required is when the vehicle is unregistered or when traded to, or between, licensed motor dealers. www.transport.qld.gov.au TOP TOPOLINO A 1948 Fiat Topolino 500B Coupe sold for an unprecedented $20,000 at the Shannons Melbourne Winter Auction. The classic was described as being "in lovely condition (and) in the same family for virtually all its life". A 1971 Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III put Australian Supercars back on the agenda for collectors when it went for $331,000. www.shannons.com.au NAT I ONAL RAIL SAFETY WEEK With an average of 37 fatalities a year in Australia, it is timely that the focus of this year's National Rail Safety Week from August 23-29 should be on railway level crossings. The theme for 2010 is 'Rail Safety -- Essential for Every Journey'. With more than 23,500 sites around Australia where road and rail intersect, the potential for large scale tragedy is ever present at many locations. A list of important safety tips is available at: www.ara.net.au/site/ nrsw SIGNS OF THE TIMES Q. Can you explain No Parking and No Stopping signs? A. A No Parking sign only permits dropping off or picking up passengers or goods for the time indicated on the sign, or two minutes if no time is shown. A driver should not leave the vehicle unattended (be more than 3 m from the vehicle) and should drive on as soon as completing their task. A No Stopping sign disallows any stopping for any length of time, as does a yellow edge line. KEY TO SECURITY Q. With advanced security features including immobilisers on modern cars, how is it that thieves can still steal a vehicle? A. Unattended vehicles with keys in them, even those left for the briefest period, are common targets. Keys are also frequently stolen during home break-ins, either as an opportunistic 'find' or as a deliberate theft target thereby enabling vehicle theft too. Secure your car and keys at all times. Invest in a good quality safe and lock valuables including the car keys in it or take the keys with you when you go out. YELLOW LIGHT Q: Can I be fined for driving through a yellow traffic light? A. Yes. If you are faced with a yellow traffic light or arrow you must stop if you can do so safely. You may be fined if there was sufficient time and distance to safely stop the vehicle before entering the intersection under the prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions.
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