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Feds put brakes on 130 limit speedo plan : )

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Feds put brakes on speedo plan

By Andrew Heasley
The Age
Wednesday November 17 2004


A FAILED 20-year-old US safety strategy to limit speedo readouts to curb speeding, resurrected by the Victorian Government, looks doomed after Federal Government rejection.

The State Government's desire to limit speedo readouts to 130 km/h was tried in the US in the 1980s, when speedos were limited to 85 mph (137 km/h), but was dumped mid-decade for failing to reduce the road toll.

Victorian Transport Minister Peter Batchelor argues high speedo numbers lure some into speeding, upping the crash risk.

"Limiting the speedometer display to about 130 km/h will remove the incentive for motorists to drive at excessive and dangerous speeds," he said.

Victoria Police supports the initiative but declined to explain to Drive how it would be enforced and whether aftermarket fitting of fully calibrated speedometers would be allowed.

Mr Batchelor was to submit the proposal to the nation's transport ministers last Friday but a chorus of voices headed by the Federal Government slammed the idea.

"The Australian Government does not support the Victorian proposal," a spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister (and Federal Transport Minister) John Anderson said.

Your Say: Would limiting speedo readings to 130 km/h improve road safety? Email your opinion to drive@theage.com.au or write to the Editor, Drive, PO Box 257C, City Mail Processing Centre, Vic, 8001.

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Good thing we voted in a Federal government with some brains. Now the Vic government can shut up about the whole topic, knowing it will never go anywhere.
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t would have to be the most idiotic, badly conceptualized and most blatant attempt at covering up other far more serious issues I have ever heard of.
The Bracks roads policies have been a disaster from day 1 and are starting to head into the realms of ludicrous. At some point they will have to acknowledge that the lies and halftruths they have been using to justify their taxation policy disgused as “road safety” is all a scam and had had no effect at all on the road toll, only on innocent peoples lives and bank balances
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"The Australian Government does not support the Victorian proposal," a spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister (and Federal Transport Minister) John Anderson said.
Wow, politicians with half a brain. I'm getting so used to the stupid Victorian government.....


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"Limiting the speedometer display to about 130 km/h will remove the incentive for motorists to drive at excessive and dangerous speeds," he said.
Does that mean its safe to drive at 130kmh??

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Does that mean its safe to drive at 130kmh??
Quite safe on the M2 here in Sydney. *cough* Or so I've heard...

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email sent, bet they dont read em though?
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I can't remeber which member of Federal Parliament instigated it orginally(have to look through all my old truck mags for the exact quote); the nation wide speed limited for heavy vehicles to 100km/h is now being regretted by the MP who brought it in. Apparently the cost to transport for running at this speed is quited immense to the transport industry as a whole.

So why would you attempt to enforce a limit in cars aswell? It takes no more than 30 seconds to override the speed limiters in trucks!
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