The Road Ahead : October 2010
BRITA IS BETTER Keep cool by winning a BRITA water filter pack -- each valued at $100. WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2010 6 LIFESTYLE WELCOME For these great member prize offers For these gr g eat member p prize offers GO TO PAGE 60 RACQ HELP VISIT US ON THE WEB RACQ (Club, travel, insurance) racq.com free2go free2go.com.au The Road Ahead roadahead.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 (airline, cruises, car hire, tours) 1300 888 449 Vehicle storage 3272 5982 Vehicle inspections 13 1905 OFFICES Head Office 13 1905 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 A WICKED GOOD WEEKEND FOR TWO Win a luxury weekend for two with tickets to Wicked, total value $4000. BEACH BREAK Win a family getaway to Caloundra's Rumba Beach Resort, total value $1260. RACQ SUPPORTS THE development of biofuels and their sustainable production as an important response to our energy security and climate change concerns. We believe the biofuels must be compatible with our existing cars or be linked to the roll out of new vehicle technologies. The recent launch of the flex-fuel Holden Commodore linked with Caltex rolling out E-flex, a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol with unleaded petrol (ULP), is a good example of how we should be moving forward. The Queensland Government, however, is continuing its push to mandate E10, a blend of 10 percent ethanol with ULP. About 25 percent of cars and most motorbikes, marine engines, lawn mowers and other small engines are not compatible with E10 and should not use it. It is very important that Queenslanders check to see if their car is among those that can use the new ethanol blend fuels. Search for 'ethanol' at racq.com. The Federal Government has not yet introduced legislation to ensure that fuel excise on ethanol remains lower than on ULP. This is preventing investment in local production of ethanol, leading to increased E10 prices and, potentially, THINK ETHANOL MANDATE THROUGH IAN GILLESPIE, RACQ CEO competition for the local biofuel industry from imports. To meet the Queensland mandates, fuel companies are removing regular ULP pumps so motorists are forced to use E10 or more expensive premium ULP, even if their car does not need the higher cost fuel. Regular ULP will still be available but will become harder and harder to find. Finally, RACQ opposes a mandate because it is driving behaviour which disadvantages many motorists across the state. We do not believe the Queensland Government should be 'picking winners' when it comes to biofuel and backing ethanol over other potential biofuel solutions and we are very concerned that fuel companies are taking the approach of removing regular ULP pumps completely. We must ensure the motorist is not, again, the loser out of this policy.