The Road Ahead : April May 2007
Fines raised APR/MAY 07 5 Sign of the times TOURISTS should look out for nine new symbols approved by a national tourism signage group to highlight attractions. Some symbols have been adopted from overseas, while others have a par ticularly Australian flavour. All will be available for use on road signs, maps, directories and websites provided they meet minimum National Tourism Signing Reference Group criteria and state/territor y requirements. The nine symbols are heritage, golf course, waste dump, winer y, Aboriginal attraction, walking trail, whales, museum and lookout. SIX PACK: Six things to know about the 2007 Brisbane International Motor Show 1. The show attracted 115,224 visitors, the third largest crowd on record. 2. A $620,000 blue Ferrari 612 Scaglietti coupe was spirited out of the Convention Centre after closing hours on the show's four th day, after a cashed-up buyer bought the car and insisted on immediate deliver y. 3. Despite the motor industr y being regarded as a man's domain, for almost 20 years the managers of the Brisbane International Motor Show have all been women. 4. Honda won The John Cant Award for Best Overall Motor Show Stand. 5. At the Personalised Plates Queensland (PPQ) annual collector plate auction the 'BENTLEY' plate sold for $110,000 and set a new Queensland record, surpassing the $100,000 paid for "Q1" back in 1985. 6. The Bowden's Own display had the most expensive cars at the show, but they weren't for sale. The 1965 Ford GT40 valued at $2 million and Peter Brock's 1979 Bathurst 1000-winning Holden Torana wor th $1 million are par t of their classic car collection. Cutting theftTHE National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) is concerned manufacturers are dragging their feet over the introduction of tamper-proof vehicle identification labels, which can cost from $1.50 a sticker. After years of trials, an Identitek smar t compliance label gained approval late last year. The self-voiding, multi-layer, plastic label features ultra-violet adhesive, sub-sur face prints and a scrambled image that only resolves under special viewing lenses. However, no manufacturer or impor ter has committed to the new labels yet, citing cost as the issue. Also, motorcycle theft remains a major source of alarm for the NMVTRC. With 70 percent of stolen motorcycles never recovered, because they are easy to move and many remain unregistered, the council has indicated it will hold a summit on the issue later this year. FINES for motorists who tailgate, run red lights or get distracted while driving have jumped, under the latest crackdown on dangerous driving practices. On March 1, more than 120 traffic offences changed, with higher penalties for failing to give way to pedestrians and other give way breaches. Fines for bicycle offences were also lifted. Of note, the fine for failing to stop at a red light increased to $225 (plus three demerit points), the penalty for following too close became $175 (plus a demerit point) and the penalty for watching a TV or DVD while driving now costs $100 and three demerit points. Failing to give way to a police or emergency vehicle will now attract a $175 fine and three points.
June July 2007