Just received an invitation from the Travelsafe Committee advising of a series of forums to be held in relation to the inquiry that I have lodged the submission in relation to.
The main subject of these forums is "to discuss education, training & licensing restrictions to reduce novice driver & motorbike crashes."
Anyone with a genuine interest I would suggest makes it a point to attend & put forward some more positive suggestions than those presently being proposed as some of these would create a class distinction system in motoring as well as placing unreasonable restrictions on responsible young drivers. The ideas are draconian by nature and almost impossible for the average young driver to abide by. The prospect of them being made retrospective is a possibility, thereby impacting on those already holding provisional licences.
I've already done my share by drafting a 12 page submission in which I was highly critical of the Governments attitude towards road safety & reforms aimed in such a manner at young drivers. I will possibly also have to travel a few hours to attend the closest meeting plus there is also a strong chance that I may have to also front the committee at sometime at Parliament House so it would be nice to see some kind of support even if it's only "wooden indian" variety at these forums, but I would hope for something a bit more vocal and productive.
FYI, the proposed "reforms" include extension of the provisional licence period, "P" plates to be displayed (so the coppers know who to pull up) a curfew on how late at night you are allowed to be driving, how many passengers (and who??) you can have in your car, possible power restrictions on the vehicles you can drive as just a few examples.
If these forums are allowed to be hijacked by the silver tails from the Treasury, Transport & Police Departments, even more draconian measures could end up in place, after which all the posts on aussiefrogs & any other forum will fall on deaf ears as this is the one chance you have of being heard by the right people. Apathy dictates that it's a case that all too many people say "There ain't nuthin' ya can do; yer wastin' yer time!" To which I respond Bullshit!!!! If everybody thought like that this would be the case, so here's your chance to make a difference. This lot is looking down the barrel at an Election within 6 months of the Committee bringing down it's findings, so I have already flagged to them that there are marginal seats that could be in jeopardy if we get more of the same.
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