Home' The Loxton News : November 19th 2014 Contents 12 - “RIVERLAND REAL ESTATE” Wednesday, November 19, 2014
THE RAA has announced it will offer
roadside assistance for mobility scooters,
which have become an increasingly
popular form of transport for older
The decision follows a pilot program
run by the RAA over the past year, where
the most common breakdowns experi-
enced were flat tyres (68 per cent) and flat
or faulty batteries (15 per cent).
“In many cases, the patrol actual-
ly attended the member’s home to help
them out, after they found their scooter
had a flat tyre or wouldn’t start just prior
to taking a trip,” said RAA senior manager
“If the member is located on the road-
side when their mobility scooter breaks
down though, our patrols will do all they
can to get it going again.
“If it’s not possible, they will make
arrangements to get the member and their
scooter home or to a place of repair.”
The RAA said mobility scooters were
a popular choice for consumers, with its
shops recording increased sales by 110 per
cent in the past three years.
“Almost 40 per cent of RAA’s members
are aged over 60, and this segment of our
membership base continues to grow,” said
“With this in mind, we knew we need-
ed to investigate new ways to ensure we
could continue to meet their changing
mobility needs throughout their lives.”
RAA assistance for scooters
CONCERNS for independent mechanics
have been raised following the collapse of
negotiations to develop a voluntary code of
conduct to allow them access to data and tools
to repair cars.
The Federal Government sanctioned negoti-
ations earlier this year to establish a voluntary
code of conduct between independent repairers
and car companies, providing access to vehicle
service and repair data.
But the Federal Chamber of Automotive
Industries (FCAI) recently pulled out of the
negotiations, announcing that it will develop its
own voluntary code of conduct.
The Australian Automobile Association
(AAA) said it was concerned the move would
leave consumers with less choice in their vehicle
As modern cars become more technologically
advanced, repairs and services rely on access to
information, computer upgrades and diagnostic
equipment which is supplied by the manufac-
In the USA and Europe, car manufacturers
and dealers must make the data available to
independent workshops, who usually pay a
subscription fee for the information, and the
Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association
believes a similar agreement should be made
available in Australia.
But the FCAI said its voluntary code of prac-
tise reached far enough by outlining a minimum
standard for providing service and repair infor-
mation to independent repairers.
The FCAI also argued its code of practise
allowed car manufacturers to protect customers
from the release of important vehicle informa-
AAA chief executive Andrew McKellar said
the FCAI’s code was “inadequate” and con-
sumers deserve to have “genuine choice” about
where to have their vehicle serviced or repaired.
“The car brands have sought to protect their
own interests and the interests of their fran-
chised dealers by limiting access to a range of
service and repair information,” he said.
“The code itself is completely inadequate but
more importantly, the car brands should return
to the consultation table and re-commit to an
agreement between all parties in the service and
repair sector,” he said.
Code of conduct concerns
MOTORISTS are encouraged not to provide
personal information to unsolicited callers
regarding motoring compensation, following an
increase in scam phone calls.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) said
it was aware of an increase in unsolicited calls
promoting compensation services or requesting
personal information following a car accident.
It said the caller may attempt to refer the
motorist to claims or compensation services,
and may purport to be from the Motor Accident
MAC encourages members of the public who
receive a call not to provide any personal infor-
mation and instead ask for the caller’s name,
organisation, website, email address and a return
The information provided during the phone
calls may be misleading or false, and MAC
advised motorists to report the call by visiting
www.scamwatch.gov.au, or calling 1300 795
The MAC said drivers who wish to discuss
a claim should contact its claims manager,
Allianz, on 1300 137 331, or contact their insur-
er to discuss a motor accident.
Fake callers leave
motorists on alert
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) said it
was aware of an increase in motorists receiving
unsolicited calls following a car accident.
John Bougler will add
another honour to a
long list of awards when
he is inducted into the
Motorcycling SA Hall of
Fame later this month.
Mr Bougler, who
retired from riding in
1984, will be induct-
ed at the Annual Night
of Champions held on
Saturday, November 29.
Mr Bougler has a long
and successful history
with the sport, following
his debut at Adelaide’s
Rowley Park Speedway
on October 29, 1966.
He went on to become
an 11-time South
Australian Champion, and
was named the Australian
Champion twice, in 1971
In the ‘70s and ‘80s he
dominated the champion-
ship, winning seven titles
in a row at Rowley Park
and was named Midland
and Australian Long
The two-time World
Final qualifier was
the first captain of the
Australian Squad to win a
World Team Cup, in 1976.
set for hall of fame
THE Motor Accident Commission
(MAC) has released new
safety information and tips for
motorcycle riders ahead of the
warm weather and an increased
number of bikes on South
The information, developed in
consultation with the Motorcycle
Rider’s Association, includes
clothing advice, motorbike main-
tenance and preparation, and safe-
MAC general manager Michael
Cornish said there were nine
motorcyclist fatalities across the
state this year so far, and it was
important for riders to wear the
“Wearing the right gear can be
the difference between a nasty fall
and injuries that prevent you from
riding again,” he said.
The Royal Adelaide Hospital’s
director of trauma services Dr Bill
Griggs said protective clothing
reduces or prevents many com-
mon motorcycle injuries.
“We see many injuries from
motorcycle accidents and they
are significant injuries that can
have long term consequences,”
“There’s no question that pro-
tective clothing helps shield riders
over and above the level of nor-
MAC’s safety tips are availa-
ble from its website at www.mac.
New summer safety tips
out for motorbike riders
Toyota, BMW and Mercedes top trust list
AUSTRALIANS have voted
Toyota, BMW and Mercedes-
Benz as the most trustworthy car
manufacturers, according to the
latest Roy Morgan research.
The research shows the top 10
trusted car brands by drivers looking
to buy a car in the next four years.
Toyota topped the list with 34.3
per cent of those surveyed agreeing
the manufacturer was trustworthy –
a figure that remained the same as
BMW and Mercedes-Benz round-
ed out the top three, with all other
manufacturers in the top 10 scoring
a result of less than 20 per cent.
Roy Morgan industry director
Jordan Pakes said the industry’s
average trust levels dropped by
almost 11 per cent in the past year,
with eight out of the top 10 brands
recording a decrease.
“Most notable is the continued
decline in trust for iconic brands
Holden and Ford – which is hardly
surprising given the negative press
surrounding the pending closure of
both brands’ local manufacturing
options,” he said.
“Interestingly, trust in Toyota
(also soon to cease Australian pro-
duction) has remained stable over
this same period.”
Top 10 trusted car brands
(by drivers looking to buy a new car in the next four years):
BEST IN SHOW: This 1952 Aston Martin DB2, owned by former Grand Prix boss Mal Hammerling, won ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s
Motorclassica held at the Exhibition Building in Melbourne from Thursday, October 23 to Saturday, October 25.
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