What you have to say about defective lights and petrol prices
People have strong feelings about the number of defective lights on cars out there. We had a huge response. Here's a sample. And there were several questions on why petrol prices haven't come down even more. Thank you for going to the trouble of contacting us.
I liked your article on defective lights in the Motors section of the Irish Independent (February 4).
I have been frightened most nights while driving by cars with defective lights.
In the space of half an hour I met six cars that could cause an accident, especially with driver-side light missing.
If any squad car met a vehicle like that they should pull them in and warn them to repair it.
A neighbour of mine has been told umpteen times about a faulty light and won't do anything about it.
I am amazed that you, a long-established motoring correspondent, the RSA and even the AA continue to incriminate the motorist for inadequate and failed light bulbs.
The reason for this increasing problem despite the substantial ongoing improvement in car and car component build quality is RAMPs, RAMPs and MORE RAMPS which proliferate and grow more vicious with each passing day.
All the while without any public debate as to their effectiveness and the total lack of any democratic mandate.
What chance does any bulb filament have?
Abandon the cosy consensus.
Something becoming an epidemic on our roads: one-eye jacks, no indicating at roundabouts, tailgating.
I try to stick to 80kmh/100kmh but I am only in the way. I was done at 56kmh in a 50kmh area. Soft touch.
I agree with you about defective lights. I witness broken lights on cars every mile I travel at night
I think the number of cars driving around with broken lights is a lot higher than your survey shows.
It seems to have got worse in the last year.
On my daily journey I would be sure of meeting at least four to five cars each way with broken lights.
The cars with the outside lights gone are the most dangerous.
Why haven't petrol prices come down more than they have? I hear people saying it's great to see prices down from what they were. But considering how much oil prices have plummeted the cost of fuel at the pump should be a lot less.
Why is it always the case that increases are passed on pronto while decreases seem to take for ages - or until it is too late and prices start rising again? This deserves a national debate.
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