Not Just Belts, En­force Lane Dis­ci­pline

Car India - - WELCOME -

THE PRICE OF PETROL HAS CON­TIN­UED ON A NORTH­WARD TREND for the past cou­ple of months and this is go­ing to pro­pel the sale of diesel cars be­cause they are at least 30 to 40 per cent more fuel-ef­fi­cient when you con­sider the cost of petrol and diesel. The gov­ern­ment re­fuses to lower the taxes on fuel, say­ing that new roads and in­fra­struc­ture are fi­nanced by the taxes you and I pay on fuel. I would like to know what hap­pens to the road tax that we pay. By the way, the road tax that we pay is prob­a­bly the high­est in the world. As for the roads, they are mostly rid­dled with pot­holes and, if they hap­pen to be half de­cent, then you have to pay toll.

The po­lice are en­forc­ing the seat­belt rule for rear pas­sen­gers on the Mum­bai-Pune high­way. It is a wel­come move but it would be more ben­e­fi­cial if they en­force proper lane driv­ing and make sure that truck drivers do not hog all three lanes while climb­ing the ghat sec­tion, which forces car drivers to use the hard shoul­der and over­take from the left. The speed limit on the ex­press­way has been in­creased to 120 km/h. I hope peo­ple drive with cau­tion since most peo­ple are not used to such speeds and tend to panic if some­thing goes wrong. Last month I got an op­por­tu­nity to drive the all-new Hyundai Santro. All I can say is hats off to Hyundai for mak­ing this car. They have ex­celled in all the de­part­ments: re­fine­ment, sus­pen­sion, NVH, and es­pe­cially the AMT. It is the best AMT I have ex­pe­ri­enced to date.

The sec­ond car I drove was the BMW X5 and there is a sea change in the new SUV. It has be­come lux­u­ri­ous and its off-road­ing ca­pa­bil­ity has im­proved.

ASPI BHA­THENA ED­I­TOR

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