New environmental and safety proposals for vehicles are likely to hurt those at the bottom of the heap most, campaigners say.
Government moves to reduce car pollution are having the predicted effect of hitting the poor in the pocket. And if proposed changes to the warrant of fitness testing regime go ahead, those at the bottom of the heap will be dealt another blow says self-styled road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson. According to the Government, the type of vehicle safety problems picked up during warrant inspections contribute to about 2.5% of fatal and injury crashes and are the sole cause in 0.5% of incidents. However, Matthew-Wilson says German research suggests 10% of accidents are caused or strongly affected by vehicle defects, while Melbourne’s Monash University puts the figure at up to 24%.
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