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THE Leongatha heavy vehicle bypass
has changed traffic conditions on Long
Street and not everybody is happy with
Leongatha’s Tom Parsons is concerned about
the decision to stop vehicles turning right at the
intersection of Jeffrey and Long streets.
Due to the Leongatha heavy vehicle bypass,
vehicles, including emergency vehicles, can no
longer turn right at Jeffrey Street.
“It’s stupid. I want to turn right and I don’t
want to get booked for it,” Mr Parsons said.
“I had a bit of time recently, so I sat and
watched the intersection for 10 minutes. Not one
person turned left despite the great big concrete
triangle thing and ‘no right turn’ signage.”
Mr Parsons is also concerned about the impact
on the Leongatha ambulance service.
No go zone: Leongatha’s Tom Parsons is concerned no right turn from Jeffery Street onto
Long Street is going to cause problems for traffic in Leongatha.
Wrong turn for bypass
LOCAL truck drivers can breathe a sigh
of relief after the government abolished
the Road Safety Remuneration Tribu-
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Dar-
ren Chester appeared at a truck drivers’ campaign
in Canberra to announce the redirection of re-
sources to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
“In 2012, the Labor Government established
the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, suggest-
ing that if you pay a truck driver more, they’ll
drive slower and work fewer hours,” Mr Chester
“The tribunal was intended to make the road
transport industry fairer and safer, but after almost
four years in operation, the evidence shows the
tribunal has not achieved either of these aims.
“Small operators are telling us that the remu-
neration system risks harming their businesses,
without doing anything to improve the safety of
“A tribunal of industrial umpires cannot claim
to be experts in road safety.
“It is the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator—
a combined effort of the Australian Government
and most state and territory governments—that
has the expert knowledge and understanding
needed to bring about improvements to the safety
of the road transport industry.”
Kathy Materia of Materia F & K Transport,
Leongatha said the change in policy was not
likely to affect larger transport businesses in the
“It does not really affect us but it will prob-
ably have more of an impact on owner-driver
businesses,” she said.
Chief executive of the Australian Trucking
Association, Christopher Melham, said the deci-
sion would save thousands of small businesses.
“The tribunal’s payments order applied a min-
imum freight rate to owner drivers. As a result,
owner drivers were finding themselves unable to
compete with the rates offered by other competi-
tors in the marketplace,” Mr Melham said.
“Owner operators across Australia stood
up and said this was not right. In all states and
territories, drivers invested their own time and
money to attend rallies, be part of convoys, and
approach their local members to fix this appall-
“I would like to thank the government and all
those independent senators who stood with owner
drivers during this dark time.”
HOLDEN has announced a stunning 4
Day Sale event, offering a fiveyear war-
ranty, five years of roadside assistance
and a huge factory bonus on all new and
demonstrator Holden vehicles.
The 4 Day Sale offer is over and above the al-
ready compelling drive away deals available across
the range, with all vehicles also included in Holden’s
lifetime capped price service program.
The sale will run at Leongatha Holden and par-
ticipating Holden dealers from this Friday, June 17
to Monday, June 20.
Excitingly, the sale offer includes the recently
launched European sourced, Astra and Cascada
models, bringing some additional style and sophisti-
cation to the Holden range.
Holden’s executive director of sales, Peter Keley,
said the 4 Day Sale demonstrated Holden’s commit-
ment to providing customer value and peace of mind
driving now and in the future.
“Holden is committed to providing outstanding
customer value right across our product range and
with the outstanding deals available in this 4 Day
Sale event, I’m confident we have done this,” he
“Customers are able to get an excellent deal on
their car and can rest assured in the knowledge that
with a five year warranty and our lifetime capped
priced servicing, they will continue to be looked af-
ter long after purchase.”
of the dark
On sale: the Holden Colorado LS 4x4 crew cab automatic comes with three years’ free
huge 4 Day Sale
YOUNG drivers make more insurance
claims than their older, more experienced
counterparts, an analysis of RACV in-
surance vehicle collision claims shows.
RACV general manager insurance Paul Northey
said inexperienced drivers should take care by mak-
ing smart decisions to avoid accidents.
“Those of us who are a bit older also need to be
patient with probationary drivers,” he said.
“As well as concentrating on their own driving,
all motorists need to anticipate the actions of others
while on the road. Our claims data over the last five
years shows the other party was at fault in close to a
third of collision claims.”
Mr Northey said in the first year of driving, a
driver ’s risk of crashing is three times higher than an
He suggested young motorists protect themselves
by taking out comprehensive insurance cover.
Plea to young drivers
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