Powerful car ban could be fast-tracked after death

Posted on 24 February 2012 by Tony Santos

Maylands witnessed a gruesome death when a Subaru being driven by a driver holding a provisional license rammed into Manju Bala late in December 2011. The tragic and untimely death of the young mother has stirred up a hornet’s nest forcing the government’s hand into researching the impact of powerful motorized four-wheelers on serious injuries and road deaths.

The voices seeking separate and regular tests for those driving powerful automobiles have grown stronger and persistent with an increasing number of such accidents in Australia. This has forced the government into fast-tracking all its accident-based research activities and take definitive legal action.

Western Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory remain the only territories and states in Australia that have no legal terms and rules governing the use of powerful vehicles. These are vehicles which have a high power-to-weight ratio and have either turbo or super-charged cylinders.

The above mentioned accident provoked strong protests which claimed that had the vehicle been in any other state of Australia, the mishap would not have occurred. It was in 2008 that the government had promised to look into whether Western Australia needed power-to-weight ratio laws when it came to issuing licenses. The wait to ‘gather more information’ only seems to have taken a toll of casualties.

The argument is that driving is a privilege and not a birthright. It is very logical and powerful argument that simply cannot be ignored. Licenses for bikes have always been issued after subjecting the rider to various tests. Nobody can simply go out and ride a 1000 cc bike. When such regulations and laws restrict bikes, why should cars be given the exception is the question that people are asking.

They seem to demand tests depending on the power-class of each vehicle. And the drivers of the powerful vehicles need to be tested on a regular basis to ensure that they are in a condition to drive the same. ‘P’ platers should be kept absolutely off the powerful vehicles.

Then, there are those that scream for blood! They want stronger and stricter penalties for the offenders. This is totally understandable because the damage caused by such motor accidents is often irreversible.

While rules and regulations can curb those with a poor skill-set from taking a powerful vehicle out for a spin, laws are totally powerless against the attitude of some of the young drivers out there towards speeding, driving and the other motorists. In terms of strength and skills, the youngsters definitely qualify to drive the power automobiles, but what about their attitudes? The temptation to even push small cars to the limits of speed and show off daredevilry has often resulted in the most unfortunate situations. This is a deeper aspect of the same problem.

Laws would simply be dealing at the superficial level which seeks to cure the symptoms. A lot needs to be done at the level of the roots and these questions the value-system, the education system and at times, the very culture that is being propagated.

About the author: Kelly is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of gadgets. Recently an article on ethical hacking attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on BMW i3.

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