Everyone is entitled to have an opinion about certain topics, and at times depending on the topic individuals would need to defend against those subjects. Take this forum for a prime example whereas we have enthusiasts speaking out their response to “eliminating right hand drive vehicles from the road” according to an published article. Enjoy the read.
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Re: Take older right-hand drive vehicles off the road Joel Cohen, Nov. 13
I am appalled that a reputable newspaper like the Star would print such rubbish as this.
First, stop stating that right-hand drive (RHD) vehicles are being imported under a loophole. The law is very clear about what is allowed and what is not.
Japan is NOT dumping vehicles in our market. Collectors and enthusiasts are seeking out, sometimes at significant expense, vehicles that were not offered to the Canadian market. That does not fit any accepted economic benchmark for dumping that I am aware of.
Great Britain has a number of LHD vehicles on its roads that coexist quite happily with the majority of RHD cars there. The percentage of opposite-side-drive cars in Britain is likely far greater than in Canada and it is a non-issue there. Furthermore, their roads are much more crowded than ours. How do you explain this?
On the subject of headlights: You are correct, headlights for left-hand traffic are not appropriate for our roads, which is why provincial inspections require that they be changed to right-hand traffic versions upon importation.
With regard to safety and emissions standards, cars manufactured for other world markets have largely caught up with, and in some cases are now surpassing, North American standards. This has been so for a number of years.
Fifteen-year-old European and Japanese market imports are every bit as environmentally friendly as their Canadian equivalents. The MGF that I recently imported from England easily passed the Ontario Drive Clean tests with simulated driving numbers of 0.01 per cent for CO (limit 0.37); 17 ppm for HC (limit 66 ppm) and 351 ppm for NOx (limit 505 ppm). Hardly the gross polluter that is suggested.
The ICBC study mentioned has been independently peer reviewed and found to be seriously flawed. At best, the conclusions of the peer review stated that all it proves is that further study is needed.
If the TADA is truly interested in improving road safety, you would be calling for better driver training, but no, you want to deprive a small, niche group of enthusiasts from pursuing their automotive interests. All that your suggested increase of 10 years would achieve would be to restrict automotive enthusiasts to even older models, which would hardly further the goal of fleet modernization.
Furthermore, would all these specialty cars magically become safer and less polluting when they reach their 25th birthday as opposed to their 15th?
Brad Wilson, Kitchener
Re: This is how a highway crash happens Mark Richardson, Nov. 13
There’s no such thing as a highway ‘accident’
No, there aren’t major accidents on the highways these days; there are collisions caused by those idiot drivers this column refers to!
I’m glad that traffic reporters have begun referring to them that way — far more accurate than calling them accidents.
Oh, and if the idiot ahead of Mark Richardson hadn’t been driving a ridiculous, too-large vehicle, he might have been able to see around it to the point where the brake lights were coming on, and have thus been ready to brake sooner than he did.
Sheila Fletcher, Etobicoke
Here’s a practical solution to spilled coffee
Re: Dangerous to spill coffee while you’re drivingYour View, Nov. 13
At the risk of being ripped by the self-righteous for thinking I’m encouraging drinking and driving, I would like to ask Mr. Akkerman of Newmarket, who doesn’t like to drink from a Tim Hortons cup when the peel-back part of the lid is over the liner fold: why are you not using a travel mug?
1. A travel mug is environmentally friendly. It can be used over and over.
2. A travel mug is virtually spill-proof.
3. A travel mug is very inexpensive. A large mug at Hortons is only $4 (plus HST). But wait, the first fill-up is free. Then, with every refill, Hortons reduces the price by 10 cents. The mug pays for itself quickly.
Ken Zoskey, Hamilton,
Funeral processions are dangerous and should be banned
I certainly mean no disrespect to bereaved families but multi-car funeral processions are unsafe. They should be banned unless accompanied by a marked police cruiser at all intersections.
I cringe when I see cars driving through full red lights with a tiny flag on the hood, or sometimes nothing at all, following a hearse that is 12-to-15 cars ahead. Usually the procession is so broken up in the first few blocks, the idea that other drivers notice a funeral and are going to give right of way is a leap of faith.
The law says you must stop at a red light and I haven’t read that excludes funerals. The driving public should no longer tolerate these activities.
Fred Taylor, Port Colborne