Monday, July 26, 2010

Thought for the day

I have an idea that the government might like.

Motor vehicles and drivers kill in excess of 400 people every year. Both need licencing.

If they were both licenced you probably wouldn't get 86 year-olds driving the wrong way down the motorway on ramp and killing people.

12 comments:

Andrei said...

Another thing they could do is lower the blood alcohol limits.

More speed cameras would help too

gravedodger said...

Yeah well dog licenses, gun licenses, fishing licenses, mining licenses, marriage licenses are all very successful control mechanisms arn't they, not! Lets extend it to vehicles and drivers, oh hang on don't the law abiding already do that compliance thing.
How about an interview of the Dr and police examiner who turned the 86 yo loose and some discussion of the current status of that license. Those listed above and many more stupid compliance procedures do not enjoy a relevant current status for long after issue IMO.

Psycho Milt said...

It's win-win, because licencing motor vehicles would also prevent use of them for criminal purposes. Why did no-one think of it sooner?

kevin said...

I've got an elderly mother-in-law (84) who let her license lapse, so has been having driving lessons planning to re-sit the test. No luck so far (the instructor is creaming it, over $1000 spent with her so far) but the old girl just drives on her own anyway... bumps and scrapes around the place. No insurance of course (even though she's paying it) and no common sense. The family have 'talked' to her but to no avail. Aucklanders can relax, she doesn't live there but I'm sure there's others like her up there. Newish car with dings, small, grey haired old lady with a far away look...

Anonymous said...

You're not taking this seriously.

The choice is a life of living on a bit of the perceived edge sometimes with the sensual and delicious risks that presents or being smothered by reglatory boredom. I recall the signs at the Tauranga palyground that featured in Free Radical a few years ago - depressingly true.

Until we are grey clones that live a life of absolute drudgery the control freaks won't be happy.

Anonymous said...

Why is no one questioning how this bloke, and the presumably more compis mentis female passenger managed to get on the MW the wrong way in the first place. How's the signage and lighting in that area? Not the first time from this interchange that this has happened,

Anonymous said...

My 28 yr old daughter started to head down the off ramp at Lincoln Rd last week at night in bad weather. The problem is the lack of lighting and signs that are illuminated. The ramps on and off are both on the same side of the road which is dumb. Overseas on ramps and off are on different sides. yet another example of the shocking road design and bad engineering in NZ


lastmanstanding

kevin said...

queries answered... old, un-licensed driver (3 years) who 'may' have had medical problems. Oh dear.

Norm Winterbottom said...

Currently all drivers over 75 have to renew their licences every two years. This requires an eyesight test, a doctor's certificate and a practical road test conducted by a certified RTNZ testing officer. If they pass all those requirements they are fit to drive. How many under 75s would qualify?

Lindsay Mitchell said...

Licences for having children too Gooner. Then there would be no more neglect and abuse.

Anonymous said...

Licences for having children too Gooner. Then there would be no more neglect and abuse.

As you well know - there would be far, far less.

For a start - noone on a benefit, on WFF, in a Union, or voting Labour or Green would get a child licence.

And that would in fact eliminate almost all child neglect and abuse.

ZenTiger said...

For a start - no-one on a benefit, on WFF, in a Union, or voting Labour or Green would get a child licence.

And we'd increase their benefits to pay the resultant fines, and rake in heaps of extra money and solve our deficit crisis.