Media Releases

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ACC Changes Would Penalize Poor People

Proposals to make owners of older, less safe, cars pay more in ACC levies than those in newer, safer, cars, will simply penalise the poor, says the car buyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“Poor people buy old cars because they have little money. Penalising poor people for having little money is something that only someone in Treasury could dream up.”

Motorists robbed by trucking plans

The trucking industry is effectively being subsidised by other road users, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Commenting after the government announced plans to allow trucks of up to 50 tonnes on public roads, Dog & Lemon Guide editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“The government’s transport strategy is being driven by trucking industry lobbyists, and the average motorist is the loser.”

Call for government to require Electronic Stability Control on all new vehicles

The New Zealand government should follow the lead of Australia and require Electronic Stability Control on all new passenger cars and SUVs, says the car buyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“The evidence is quite clear: Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is the biggest lifesaver since the airbag.”

ESC uses computers to detect when a driver is losing control and selectively brakes the individual wheels and/or reduces excess engine power until control is regained.

Expert Calls For Prosecutions over Unsafe Commercial Vehicles

The Department of Labour should prosecute employers who make workers use unsafe vehicles, says the car buyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“The law is quite clear: employers are required to provide a safe workplace and can be prosecuted if they don’t.”

“Legally, a motor vehicle is a workplace, yet the Department of Labour appears to be taking no action against employers who put their workers at risk by making them drive unsafe vehicles.”

Chinese takeover of Holden “a real possibility”

Speculation that Australia's iconic Holden brand will be sold to a Chinese company is valid, but this will not save Australian jobs, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says China isn’t interested in protecting the Australian car assembly industry.

“What the Chinese want is the dealers and the technology. The Holden Commodore would make an ideal vehicle to sell from China to America, and the Chinese could probably retail it for around 30% cheaper than a Commodore built in Australia.”

Government needs to rethink road safety strategy

The weekend road toll should serve as a wakeup call to the government, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says New Zealand’s road safety authorities have largely wasted road safety resources by targeting all drivers instead of drivers within the seven riskiest groups.

Car safety expert backs plan to raise drinking age

One of New Zealand’s leading road safety experts backs proposals to raise the drinking age, as part of a package of measures aimed at easing the damage caused by alcohol.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide, says:

“The rise in youth drinking is mainly the result of younger people having easier access to alcohol. The only real way to reverse youth drinking is to restrict youths’ access to alcohol. It’s that simple.”

Australian car assembly industry doomed

Australia’s car assembly industry will not survive the economic recession, and Holden will probably be the first to go, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today:

“Holden’s owner, General Motors, is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. The U.S. government will rescue the parent company in order to protect American jobs, but there’s no way the American government is going to rescue Australian jobs.”

Public being mislead over roading

The government is being less than honest with the public over its roading plans, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“The government has announced seven major roads, offering them as a cure for the country’s transport needs. In fact, the new roads will probably benefit the National Party’s friends in big business more than the average motorist.”

“History has shown that new roads rarely solve traffic congestion for very long. At best they usually just move the congestion somewhere else.”

Cheap Chinese cars may deal deathblow to Australian assembly industry

Chinese cars could deal a deathblow to the Australian car assembly industry, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide. Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, said today: “The Chinese car industry is in trouble and the only way it can get out of trouble is to export to soft targets like Australia.”