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Old 11-16-2004, 13:50   #1 (permalink)
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Tom Gorman's response to Steve Bracks

Takens from the latest Mellor's GoAuto News (17/11/04)

Thanks fully Someone has the balls to fightback at a high level. It had to come from an American too, to sound credible and not just like a whinging Aussie because clearly our government doesn't trust us!!

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Ford president fires up over proposal to speed limit vehicles

Steve Bracks Tom Gorman
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Australia president Tom Gorman has

reacted angrily to a Victorian Government proposal
to limit vehicle speedometer displays to
around 130km/h.
The plan was announced by Transport Minister
Peter Bachelor last week and will be taken to this
week’s Australian Transport Council meeting in
an attempt to change Australian Design Rules
relating to speedos.
"The issue of limits on power and on top
speeds of motor vehicles registered for on-road
use should be considered at a national level," Mr
Batchelor said in a press release.
"Unfortunately, some motorists use their speedometer
as a guide to see how fast a car can go.
"Limiting the speedometer display to about
130km/h will remove the incentive for motorists
to drive at excessive and dangerous speeds in order
to test the limits of their vehicle," asserted Mr
Bachelor, who added it would also result in better
de
fi nition of the actual speed being travelled by

a motorist because speedos would span a smaller
range, rather than up to 220km/h or higher.
But the suggestion has met with an outspoken
response from an uncharacteristically heated Mr
Gorman, whose company’s new F6 Typhoon
performance sedan was the subject of controversial
debate last week in some newspapers and in a
Melbourne talkback radio interview with Premier
Steve Bracks, who backed the idea.
"If I were an Australian citizen I would frankly
be offended that for some reason I’m the only
human on the planet that is not responsible
enough, and cannot be trusted, to drive a car in the
proper manner," said Mr Gorman, an American,
when questioned by GoAuto on the issue.
"Every other citizen in the world can do that,
except in Australia. And I don’t fully understand
why that is.
"These are the things I would like to talk to
Peter about: what is it that’s in the Australian
make-up that I’m not seeing that is an indication
that as a citizen you are so irresponsible that the
government needs to manage your behaviours in
such a way. I just don’t get it.
"We employ 5000 people, 99 per cent of them in
the state of Victoria, and I think I matter, my company
matters, and if I’m doing something you’re unhappy
with then pick up the phone and call me.
"That didn’t happen so now we’re going to get
into this 'piss and moan' to the press which is not
the way to do business. We need to sit down and
understand what his issue really is. If his issue is
road safety and fatalities on the road and severe
injuries, then we’re totally aligned.
"As the president of the FCAI (Federal
Chamber of Automotive Industries) as well as the
president of Ford, we’re doing a lot on that front,
which involves several activities.
"Number one is road design:
fi x your roads.

I mean, you don’t have to drive around a lot in
Australia to realise the roads here are not good.
So you need to
fi x your roads.

"Number two is about behaviour modi
fi cation

and we need to participate in this, whether it be
driver training or awareness on speed, drink-
driving, whatever. We have a responsibility to
deliver safe vehicles and I think we do that with
both active and passive safety levels.
"And we have a responsibility to present our
vehicles to the marketplace in a responsible
manner, which we do.
"We have a voluntary code of behaviour for
our advertising which we follow and if we don’t
follow it the ads get pulled, so I don’t see what
we’re not doing as an industry."
Mr Gorman said the Australian car industry’s
inability to import and export common vehicles
around the world, if the proposal was approved,
would make it uncompetitive, and that car
companies could potentially face lawsuits by
people caught speeding excessively who claimed
their speedo indicated just 130km/h.
"I don’t think the way to deal with this is to take
the privilege away," he said.
"What has the typical Australian done to lose the
privilege of driving their vehicle?
"I have no issue with holding people to a speed
limit, but what you’re mandating is: I don’t trust
that you’ll do the right thing, therefore I won’t
give you the opportunity to do the wrong thing.
"It’s like saying ‘I don’t believe you can be a
responsible adult when it comes to drinking and
driving, therefore I’ll take away your right to
consume’.
"There are a lot of issues that drive road fatalities:
speed is one, fatigue is another, alcohol is another.
"So given that Australians are clearly not responsible enough to drink and
drive sensibly we should ban alcohol ... and then and then and then.
"I don’t know of a country in the world that mandates speed limiting its
vehicles."
Mr Gorman, who described Typhoon as a "red rag to a bull", said the FCAI
was in active discussions about road safety, and that the next FCAI meeting
would deal with driver training.
"The FCAI AGM invited road training experts, many of whom said it made
young drivers more aggressive," he said.
"I’m not saying they’re right or wrong but there’s enough debate about
it that it requires some serious attention and that we as a group and as a
country ought to design a driver training program that works, that teaches
people how to drive responsibly.
"Things like how to drive evasively, to pull over when you’re tired, to give
the keys to someone else when you’ve had too much to drink. It’s nothing
to do with the vehicle – it has to do with the individual."
– TOM GORMAN




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Old 11-16-2004, 14:47   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-16-2004, 14:53   #3 (permalink)
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said Mr Gorman, an American,
Why do they do this? Its almost like a dig at him because he's not Australian therefore what would he know.
Personally, when it comes to roads and drivers, this country can learn a hell of a lot from America, as I'm sure most people that have been to the USA now realise.

Bloody media, hate the scum.
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Old 11-16-2004, 15:16   #4 (permalink)
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AP says it again:

"Vote 1 Tom Gorman for Vic Premier"

And Tom, if you're reading this, have a look at www.smith-system.com which is a program you friends at Toll have implemented with great success. This would be a great starting point for our driver licencing.
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Why do they do this? Its almost like a dig at him because he's not Australian therefore what would he know.
Personally, when it comes to roads and drivers, this country can learn a hell of a lot from America, as I'm sure most people that have been to the USA now realise.

Bloody media, hate the scum.
If anyone would know the effect of 130 km/h speedos it would be an American. They had 85 mph maximum speedos back in the 1980s. I don't think they do anymore. It obviously didn't work.
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it is great to see that he has taken the time to reply to this ludricous idea. he presents some very reasoned arguements that bracks & co will find very hard to dispute. but that hasnt stopped them before....
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Well, I think we all know what sort of person Tom Gorman is and I'm rapt that he's standing up and taking a stand. Uncle Geoff's shoes were pretty big but it looks like we have someone in Tom who is up to the challenge and willing to make a stand against obviously stupid pollies who want to screw it all up to get a couple of brownie points.
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Well my oath Ford Aus looks to be in safe hands.

Bracks can jump off a bridge, especially if he thinks that people speeding is the worst problem we have. How about 'recreational drugs' that are killing more and more each year? What about alcahol abuse? what about unroadworthy cars? Unlicensed (inexperienced) driving? what abuot pathetic drivers that litter our roads? And first and foremost What about the shoonky bloody roads that we have to drive on?? We have the roads of a third world country and with all the revenue that these people pull in why can't more that jack schidtt be done about it??

Take a good look at yourself as a state leader, because on this front you are failing miserably.
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Now im not having a Holden bash but why has the new LS2 V8 stayed out of the lime light?? It is almost as quick as the F6...
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