QUEENSLAND Government statistics reveal that in the years from 2005 to 2008 and so far this year, more than one-third of road fatalities occurred on undivided single-lane roads with a speed limit of 100km/h.
When related to the total mileage of thoroughfares in this state and vehicle usage, it is by far a disproportionate representation.
There will, of course, be many contributing factors, however, statistics are convincing enough.
Today we are sharing these roads with far more motorists than when these speeds were first implemented.
It can be argued that even then this speed limit was unrealistic in providing a safe environment on roads where the opposing traffic – including of course heavy vehicular traffic – is in most cases two to three metres apart, at best, with no physical protective barrier.
The majority of countries in the western world have now lowered or are in the process of lowering the speed limits to 80km/h or 90km/h on these particular roads, with a corresponding reduction of the major trauma incidents.
It can also be noted that such lowering of speed limits has shown a minimum effect on journey times and an acceptance by the motoring public.
It is also encouraging that some Australian states are now being proactive and have commenced to lower speed limits on rural roads. May wise counsel prevail for those charged with the responsibility of setting and adjusting speed limits in this state.
Ross Lang, Tingalpa I WOULD have thought that hydrogen fuel cell cars like the Honda Clarity would have received greater publicity as opposed to cars with rechargeable batteries such as the Tesla.
I would have thought that this would be a better alternative, as much of the infrastructure is already in place. Petrol stations could become hydrogen-refilling stations.
Setting up new infrastructure around recharging batteries would seem foolish. I work with batteries and charging equip- ment a lot and the stated output from manufacturers is often overstated in test conditions.
Matthew Henderson WITH manufacturers rushing to get electric vehicles on the market to the cheers of the motoring press, little critical analysis of the green credentials of electric vehicles has emerged.
For example, will the use of coal-generated electricity to charge electric vehicle batteries produce more or less CO2 than petrol or diesel vehicles?
One property of electric vehicles that has received little attention is their relative silence. Pedestrians and cyclists tend to rely on hearing as well as sight to detect approaching vehicles.
Pedestrians may be startled by the sudden appearance of a close vehicle, leading to inappropriate reactions. There are many other situations where the silence of vehicles may be potentially dangerous.
Ross May SIMMONS Wheels has stopped making its famous, world-class wheels due to the retirement of its owner Tony Simmons.
I would like to commend and give credit to this company for putting Australia on the map for world-class manufacturing and quality wheels. Simmons made great looking wheels that were of superb quality and I am surprised there was not much media attention at the closure. Retrofit now service the wheels and hopefully one day a company will reproduce these great-looking wheels, in particular the FR Series.
Daniel I AM having trouble finding Holden merchandise, as dealerships only have so much and the Holden website isn’t much better.
I haven’t been able to find a decent website or store that sells car seat covers, stickers, pyjamas, slippers, cups etc. I remember Holden had its own stores at one time but they seem to be non-existent now.
Denis Mazic (Try these: www.hsv.com.au www.hrtshop.com.au www.hsvlionsden.com.au – Ed.)