The Road Ahead : June 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 64 THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2013 MEMBER ESSENTIALS | NEWS GOLD 50 BADGE FITTINGS As a new service, RACQ has introduced Gold50 badge fittings for long-time members at the Club's regular Gold50 morning teas. The badge, in recognition of loyal membership of 50 years or more, is awarded to eligible members to display in their home or attach to the front of their vehicle. RACQ staff member Matt Bell recognised that many members were unsure how to properly fit the badge to their vehicle and came up with the idea for badge fittings to coincide with the regular Gold50 Morning Teas. His idea was immediately implemented, starting with the April event at Logan that was attended by more than 350 members. More morning teas are planned throughout the year and invited Gold50 members will now have the option to book a badge fitting session when they RSVP. In addition to the badge recognising years of loyalty, Gold50 members receive half price Roadside membership, up to 17.5 percent discount on RACQ Insurance and 10 percent off vehicle inspections. SUBSCRIPTION COST INCREASE The annual subscription cost for RACQ's Roadside option will increase to $84 from July 1, 2013. Some other membership options will also increase by smaller amounts and these will be detailed on members' renewal notices. The increase in membership fees will ensure that the Club maintains the high service standards expected by our members, especially in the area of roadside assistance. RACQ strives to maintain the highest roadside assistance benchmarks in relation to response times and technical expertise, though this is an increasingly expensive operation. In addition to roadside assistance, access to other RACQ benefits continues to be provided as part of an overall membership package. This fee increase will also help cover direct costs which rise with inflation, while ensuring the continuing provision of quality services. While recognising that any increase in membership subscriptions might cause concern for our members, RACQ's Board will always endeavour to hold membership subscriptions to the lowest level possible. racq.com/membership stick to the limit RACQ LEGAL UPDATE You know you must comply with the speeds specified on the speed limit signs when driving on Queensland roads. But if there is no sign, what is the default speed limit? The speed limit for local streets in built-up areas in Queensland is 50km/h unless otherwise signed. The default speed limit on a road outside a built-up area is 100km/h unless otherwise signed. A built-up area includes any residential or industrial and commercial area where there are buildings on land next to a road, or street lighting at intervals of not more than 100 metres for a distance of 500 metres. If the road is less than 500 metres, it includes the entire road. Roads that carry traffic through suburbs and across towns are called traffic- carrying roads and have a speed limit of 60km/h or higher. A number of factors determine the appropriate speed limits for Queensland roads. These include the number and configuration of lanes on the road, the degree of housing density and development, the amount of on-road parking as well as the presence of traffic signals such as traffic lights, stop and give way signs. Another key factor is whether there is a history of accidents on the road. The speed limit for a road can be lowered if the road is deemed to be dangerous so some roads may have a speed limit lower than roads that serve a similar purpose. If you receive a traffic infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit, you have 28 days from when the notice is issued to write to the authority that issued the notice, elect to have the matter heard by the Magistrates Court for the area where the alleged offence occurred, or to pay the fine. Payment of the fine finalises the matter and you cannot contest it further. This column provides general information only on legal topics of a motoring nature. Members can contact the RACQ Motoring Advisory Service via 1800 623 456.