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WOF changes will end in tears - expert

  

Changes to the vehicle WOF system will result in more road deaths, says the car review website dogandlemon.com. 

Cellphone ban an 'utter failure'

The New Zealand government’s cellphone ban for drivers has been an utter failure, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Dogandlemon.com editor Clive Matthew-Wilson – who is an active road safety campaigner – says:

Lights on to survive Christmas

Cars with their lights on are up to 25% less likely to end up in a fatal daytime collision this Christmas, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Daytime running lights give the gift of life

Daytime running lights – which can prevent up to 25% of daytime fatal accidents – are the Christmas gift that keeps on giving, says the car review website 

Make car reversing cameras compulsory

All new cars should be required to have reversing cameras and parking sensors, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, was commenting after the latest driveway death, in which a family vehicle hit and killed a two-year-old boy.

Elderly motorists need alternatives to driving

The government needs to provide old people with alternatives to driving cars, says a leading road safety campaigner.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com, was commenting after 29 more people aged 75 or over died or suffered serious injuries on the roads last year.

“After teenage males, old people are one of the highest risk groups on our roads. Old people drive because cars give them a sense of independence, but also, they drive because they have little choice.”

Last day to comment on WOF changes

Motorists who approve or disapprove of the proposed changes to the Warrant of Fitness system need to comment by the end of today.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com – which is strongly opposed to the changes – says the government’s WOF changes have been very deceptively packaged.

“The government has done a brilliant job of presenting the changes to the vehicle licensing system as a measure to save ordinary motorists time and money. Actually, the average motorist will save very little and may lose a lot.”

Hidden agenda behind WOF changes

Massive trucks may soon be cruising the country’s roads without having had an independent safety inspection, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Dogandlemon.com editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says the government’s WOF changes are part of a larger plan to let commercial vehicle fleet operators issue their own in-house safety certificates.

Government hiding data over road deaths – experts

Proposed changes to the Warrant of Fitness system could result in over 80 preventable road deaths per year, said a panel of experts at a press conference in Auckland today. The expert panel – led by veteran road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson – says officials have deliberately underestimated the number of probable deaths and injuries that could result from the changes.

DIY technology a major lifesaver on roads and driveways

Some of the most effective road safety technology ever developed can be cheaply installed on any vehicle, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Dogandlemon.com is recommending that all vehicle owners fit daytime running lights and reversing cameras to their vehicles. Both technologies can be easily installed by most home handymen at a minimal cost.