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Motor Equipment News October S2018

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2 www.motorequipmentnews.co.nz 11330 NETT CIRCULATION Six months Ended 1st Half 2008 Editor: John Oxley Email: editor@motorequipmentnews.co.nz Contributors: Ross MacKay Advertising manager: Annie Cope Email: annie@motorequipmentnews.co.nz Automotive Group Sales Manager: Dan Prestige Email: dan@motorequipmentnews.co.nz Publisher: Cathy Parker Email: cathy@adrenalin.co.nz Subscription Manager/Enquiries: Annette Colbert Email: subs@motorequipmentnews.co.nz Proofreading: George Ward Adrenalin Publishing Ltd 14C Vega Place, Mairangi Bay PO Box: 65092 Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0754 Phone: 09 478 4771 • Facsimile: 09 478 4779 Subscriptions: Motor Equipment News–an 11 issue magazine subscription in New Zealand is $59 (incl GST). Please call us for overseas rates. CONTENT Copyright Motor Equipment News is copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the publisher. Neither editorial opinions expressed nor facts stated in advertisements are necessarily agreed to by the editor or publisher of Motor Equipment News and, whilst all efforts are made to ensure accuracy, no responsibility will be taken by the publishers for inaccurate information, or for any consequences of reliance on this information. Printing: ImageCentre ISSN 1175-1908 Website www.motorequipmentnews.co.nz 10,623 NET CIRCULATION First quarter 2017 October 2018 14 OEM news 20 EValuation 22 Brakes, clutch, suspension 29 Diagnostics 33 Business Directory 34 Diesel Industry News 37 Motor sport E D SPE A K Road death toll is basic arithmetic I don't believe motorists exceeding the speed limit are responsible for the increase in road injuries and deaths in recent years, despite all the effort police put into trying to stop "speeding". The real cause for the increase is texting at the wheel. I've been saying this for years, and finally it looks as if it's starting to sink in with some of our politicians, judging by the fact that Acting Associate Minister of Transport James Shaw has ordered an investigation into whether New Zealand is lagging behind other countries in penalties for texting at the wheel. For me it's a no-brainer. Driving is something that requires all your attention, all of the time. Texting, too, is something that requires all your attention while you're doing it. Which brings it back to simple arithmetic. Two into one doesn't go! There have been a number of fatalities in recent years near where I live where drivers have inexplicably drifted across the centre line and into the path of innocents driving towards them. The reason why they strayed has never been publicly explained, but I believe texting at the wheel is to blame. If you're caught texting at the wheel in Britain (and they have cameras everywhere, not just relying on cops to actually catch them in the act) you're going to be fined £200, and half the total demerit points of 12 in three years. In France the penalty is the same as driving while drunk – 135 and three (of the total of 12) points. And if you stop to take a call, it HAS to be in a proper parking spot, not just pulling over onto the hard shoulder. Some states in Aussie recently upped both penalties and demerit points, so there it depends on where you are driving, but all are much harsher than New Zealand, where you get a slap-on-the-wrist $80 fine and lose 20 points of the 100 you're allowed to accumulate within a two-year period. To make it quite clear, under the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004, it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone to: • Make, receive or terminate phone calls. • Create, send or read texts or emails. • Create, send or view video messages. • Communicate in any other way. CALL1800 CLUTCH WWW.AUSTRALIANCLUTCH.COM.AU CALL1800 CLUTCH WWW.AUSTRALIANCLUTCH.COM.AU CALL1800 WWW.AUSTRALIANCLUTCH.COM.AU CALL1800 WWW.AUSTRALIANCLUTCH.COM.AU CALL1800 WWW.AUSTRALIANCLUTCH.COM.AU CALL1800 WWW.AUSTRALIANCLUTCH.COM.AU CALL1800 CLUTCH WWW.AUSTRALIANCLUTCH.COM.AU

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