Well NSW certainly doesn’t have the State of Origin Shield, nor do they have Cameron Smith as their skipper. But I reckon they wish they had both. I’ve been on a path for years now, and it’s not about footy. It concerns the lack of annual inspections for Queensland Motor Vehicles. In New South Wales, before you can renew your registration, you need to get an inspection certificate. It’s a bit like our Safety Certificates but is required for vehicles that are over five years of age. Pretty smart thinking for cockroaches? I’ve watched the rear end of vehicles around my area for many years. I reckon that about 25% of cars over five years of age are defective in some way, shape or form. Brake lights are my biggest bugbear.
My logic is that if your car’s brake lights don’t work, you’re probably not servicing your car every 6 to 9 months. Most service centres will advise the need for replacement or just go ahead and do it anyway. A bulb doesn’t cost a lot and the labour to replace it i isn’t expensive.
And then there are the vehicles that shouldn’t even be on the road – rusty old cars, which likely would be scrapped rather than repaired. And what about those vehicles that the ‘Hoons’ run around in? A lot of them wouldn’t pass a safety inspection if they were required.
So why hasn’t the government of the day taken these steps? I think that there are way too many cars like this on the road, and politicians are only interested in keeping their seat rather than doing what’s right for the community.
An article, covering this exact issue appeared in the Sunshine Coast Daily earlier in the year, but here’s an excerpt from it.
Although New South Wales requires annual safety inspections, this has never been the case in Queensland.
RACQ manager technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said his organisation supported the current approach but believed it needed to be backed up with more random roadside checking.
“Like an RBT, motorists should expect at any time or any place they could have their vehicle stopped to make sure it is in the correct condition,” he said.
“We would like to see more activity in terms of roadside checking, so it’s important the government do resource that properly.” (Might work if the Transport Dept had some people to actually do these inspections – but they don’t. ed.)
Mr Spalding said he had seen some “absolute shockers” during inspections.
“There have been cars with tyres that have no tread left and I’ve seen a brake pipe that was completely sawn off,” he said.
“Most people that have been around vehicles would have seen these horror stories over the years.
“But by and large, most owners try to do the right thing. (Really? You’re kidding.)I would discourage DIY work that is beyond your skill level.
“Braking and steering equipment and anything complicated need to be checked and repaired by someone who is qualified.”
However, a Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the department had considered several studies that found no evidence that substantial benefits would be gained from the introduction of an annual inspection scheme for light vehicles.
“Crash statistics in Queensland show mechanical factors are believed to have contributed to less than 1% of serious crashes in light vehicles and contribute to less than 3 % of all crashes,” the spokesperson said.(It’s more than just about crashes. What about the vehicle polluters?)
In response to their comments, it’s not really about accidents and mechanical factors. It’s more about every person in the community being responsible. Cars that haven’t been serviced for five years are arguably the biggest polluters. Those with un-roadworthy tyres are dangerous, and those without working lights (brake lights, headlights, indicators) are just wrong.
If you believe, like me, that annual inspection for cars over a certain age is smart, that doing these inspections will make our state’s vehicle fleet safer, less damaging environmentally , and better overall, then write to your local member of Parliament and tell them in no uncertain terms that we’re better than NSW and should have a better regulatory regime when it comes to the roadworthiness of all cars.
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