Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I have long been a fan of Murph, however his latest earner as the front for people who are making money from government sanctioned WOF inspections are starting to erode my respect.
Now I see a small truth in the claims of a small possible danger of a vehicle becoming unsafe if not inspected for 12 months.
Many vehicles are non compliant within hours of passing the "test".
Others will line up every six months and be completely compliant every time, as for a pensioner doing very minor travel, being very careful with maintenance and being taxed an unnecessary $80 / $100 pa and exposure to equally unnecessary minor issues with the six monthly compliance cost, is increasingly stupid as a safety issue.
Yes we have a high ratio of older cars in the fleet , many owned by proud people who have a love of things past and another bunch who have a somewhat cavalier attitude to minor details such as rego and Wof (just watch "highway patrol" sometime).
A significant cause of accidents is driver error, therefore I see some merit in the sugested changes. An additional factor is the need to encourage a better sense of owner/ driver awareness of what constitutes a safe vehicle. Daily, weekly and monthly checks should form a serious part of safe vehicle operation but sadly far too many rely on the 6 monthly check as the total maintenance regime.
By all means Murph you and your MTA funders should have input to a law change but much of what is being claimed is rubbish. 80 potential additional deaths?
Still it is only money for you Murph but have a squiz at those now very embarassing advts that Richard Long and PineTree fronted for the crooks in the "finance industry". Many still regard Car Dealers as dodgy and the current campaign is potentially going to erode any progress the best efforts of the MTA might accomplish.
One size fits all is no longer appropriate as the world has not collapsed with New vehicles getting 5 years of annual WOF cycle even though it is very feasible that a five year old vehicle could be clapped out with over 700 000 Kms in that five years.
As with every compulsion it is often neither fair or effective, something I regarded you Murph, as representing at all times.
Btw I think the advts that encourage using a MTA garage are positive for purchase and repairs but even then some scarse git will slip through and shit in the nest.