Safety

ACC rating system rewards unsafe cars

ACC’s new safety-related tier system for annual car licensing, which is supposed to give discounted ACC levies to owners of safer vehicles, does the exact opposite in some cases, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says:

"Whoever prepared this list of ACC levies appears to have been on drugs. For example, the petrol-powered 2001-2011 NIssan Caravan gets a reduced levy of just $68.46 per year.”

“This is a vehicle that had one of the worst results ever in Australian crash tests.”

Driven to distraction: most tourist accidents are preventable, says report

The government has squandered an opportunity to halt the string of horrific tourist accidents, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, has just released a 14,000 word report that contradicts many of the statements of the government and tourism industry regarding tourist accidents.

The report, titled Driven to Distraction, is a heavily updated version of an earlier submission to the government.

Matthew-Wilson says:

Public conned over anti-speeding strategy, says safety campaigner

• See also the attached document, a brief summary by the AA on the actual causes of road deaths.

The police are continuing to use phony science to justify a failed anti-speeding campaign, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says:

Government terrified of testing foreign drivers, says campaigner

About 20% of foreign drivers would probably fail a basic driving competency test in this country, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor and road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson, says:

“The government is terrified of testing foreign drivers, because the evidence suggests many don’t have the awareness or skills to drive safely in this country. The figure of 20% is a guestimate, but it’s based on a lot of research on my part, including talking to police and the staff at rental firms.”

Tourist accidents linked to poorly marked intersections

A road safety campaigner has called for urgent upgrades to rural intersections, after yet another fatal crash near Springston[1] caused by a tourist apparently not noticing a Stop sign.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com, says:

Government inaction driving tourist road toll, says campaigner

A prominent road safety campaigner has accused the government of “sitting on its hands while innocent people die needlessly.”

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com, says:

“Many of the worst accidents in the last few months could have been easily prevented if the government had acted.

“The government is pretending to address the problem with its Visiting Drivers Signature Project. In reality, however, most of the government’s strategies aren’t working and won’t work. It’s time for action.”

Safety campaigner blames multiple fatalities on road design

A prominent road safety campaigner is blaming multiple deaths on the design of New Zealand roads.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, who edits the car review website dogandlemon.com, was commenting after Santhosh Kumar Cherukuri was killed in a head-on collision on State Highway 2 at Pahoia, just before 7.30pm on Thursday.

Mr Cherukuri had crossed the centreline into the path of an approaching truck and trailer unit.

Matthew-Wilson believes the government contributes to many such fatalities, because it fails to take action to improve the safety of many “appallingly dangerous” rural roads.

Tourist safety website no substitute for action, says campaigner

A new website aimed at giving safety information to tourist drivers is a dangerous waste of time, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says:

“By setting up this website instead of taking direct action to halt tourist accidents, the government is dramatically increasing the risk to other road users.”

Economy drives high road toll, says safety campaigner

The booming economy was probably to blame for this year's higher road toll, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says:

Tourist safety tags won’t lower toll, says safety campaigner

Steering wheel tags with road safety tips for visiting drivers will do little or nothing to lower the tourist road toll, says a prominent road safety campaigner.

Clive Matthew-Wilson editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com, says: