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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.

Government must revoke driver licensing contract

NZ Driver Licensing (1998) Ltd - the sole company contracted to conduct driving tests – should lose its contract with the government, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Dogandlemon.com editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“There is clear evidence that NZ Driver Licensing is deliberately failing a high percentage of learner drivers, regardless of their ability. This is totally unacceptable.”

Waitomo crash was preventable

The recent tragic crash at an intersection near Waitomo Caves might have been avoided if the driver had been alerted by rumble strips on the road, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

A major American study of the use of rumble strips at rural intersections concluded that there is:

Caution urged over WOF changes

The proposed changes to the WOF regulations will not help the average motorist, says the car review website dogandlemon.com Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

Tougher tests will increase illegal driving

Many poor people who struggle to pass the tougher licence test will end up driving illegally, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“Passing a driving test is now a huge challenge, even for well educated, middle-class teenagers who’ve had many hours of paid instruction. What chance do poor people have?”

Road safety expert backs call for cycle lanes

Cyclists need to be protected from other traffic, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“Cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users. Every single one of my friends who cycle regularly has had a potentially-fatal clash with a motor vehicle.”

“The only real way to protect cyclists from these clashes is to separate them from motorists. Cycle lanes are a good start, but ultimately, there needs to be a physical barrier between cyclists and motor vehicles, so the two can’t collide.”