The Road Ahead : August September 2007
26 AUG/SEP 07 YOU SAID IT! EMAIL: ROADAHEAD@RACQ.COM.AU. FAX: 3257 1863. MAIL: THE ROAD AHEAD, P.O. BOX 4, SPRINGWOOD, QLD 4127. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS. LETTERS TO 'YOU SAID IT' WILL NOT RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL REPLY. Share your views with us Fuel price folly The Federal Government's announcement giving the ACCC the power to audit the books of oil companies and retail petrol outlets is just another political stunt to gain motorists' votes at the next election. For years, the government has withheld power from the ACCC which would enable it to stamp out profiteering by oil companies and retail fuel outlets. It's not in the government's interest to reduce petrol prices, as it would create a massive drop in GST revenue that is being used, in par t, to pay for the infrastructure crises which have arisen through government mismanagement. H. Roberts, East Brisbane Had to join up Fifty years ago Dad sent me to Brisbane to visit my sister and the Ekka. Dad bought a ute from a dealer at Stones Corner. My sister and I took deliver y of it and drove it to the hotel at which we were staying. About 1am, we decided to go for a drive and got a puncture on a tram line. A policeman came along, thinking it was strange to see two young people on the road at that hour. We were worried he might have thought we'd stolen the ute. We showed him Dad's driver's licence, his RACQ membership card and the receipt for the ute. Since Dad was an RACQ member, the policemen rang the motoring organisation and they came and fixed the tyre. This is when I joined the Club. I'd like to thank RACQ for all the times you've come to my rescue. J. Smith, Jandowae Shop parking On a recent trip to my local shopping centre, I was horrified to see a motorcyclist parking in a 'parents with pram' parking spot as I was leaving. They are popular with parents for a good reason. I called out to this man that it was rude to park in a spot designated for parents with prams. He said I had young legs and could walk fur ther than him. I asked him exactly how far I should have to push a trolley of groceries and a pram at the same time and was told to get a life. A. Woodall, Brisbane What charter boat? Congratulations on the (RACQ Insurance) char ter boat commercial reaching the 'Top 10' list. It's always been a favourite of mine. In September last year, my Mum and I went on a South Pacific cruise. As we were coming into the harbour in Noumea, Mum and I were standing on the deck and noticed a small boat directly in the path of our massive ship. Being new to cruising, I thought this boat was there to help us dock. A 'discussion' then ensued between Mum and I as to Dilemma for bus drivers Iwas interested in D. Hutton's comments in the last Road Ahead about drivers giving more thought to buses. Having been a bus driver for many years (now retired) in Brisbane, I have to agree. Bus drivers are usually under tremendous pressure to strike a balance between being a safe driver and public relations exper t. The need to keep on schedule is paramount. In today's traffic snarls, it is almost impossible. Tr y explaining that to the boss or the members of the public whom you may be transpor ting in atrocious traffic and weather conditions. They want you to get them where they're going, on time. The law requires other drivers to give way to buses bearing the 'Give Way' sign, though the rule only applies in a 60 km/h or lower speed zone. I was rarely afforded the cour tesy. Many car drivers know a bus driver can't just pull out into traffic. They play on the bus driver's knowledge that if a crash results, he or she will at the ver y least face disciplinar y action, the possibility of being fined, and losing his or her job. Heaven forbid that cars get held up for a few seconds. Although the personal ramifications for a bus driver not taking due care can be significant, many will continue to pull out into traffic simply because they have a job to do and if they wish to keep that job, they have to move. When this is added to the uncompromising attitude directed towards bus drivers on a daily basis by many customers, I wonder how drivers last as long in the job as they do. W. Harvey, Esk Editor: For writing this edition's best letter, Mr Har vey will receive copy of Camps4 & Camp Snaps combined and a Charge2Go unit. Camps4 & Snaps is the ultimate guide for the budget conscious traveller, with more than 3000 listings of camp sites and low-price caravan parks and is available at the special member price of $67.95 ($79.95 for non-members). Per fect for camping, Charge2Go is the take-anywhere mobile recharger that operates on one AA batter y (RACQ member price $25.45, RRP $29.95). Both are available from most RACQ stores and the online shop at racq.com.
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