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Call to get death traps off road

GYMPIE mechanic Paul Vella is asking for compulsory annual safety inspections for all cars after seeing some of the potential death traps being driven around the Gympie area.
GYMPIE mechanic Paul Vella is asking for compulsory annual safety inspections for all cars after seeing some of the potential death traps being driven around the Gympie area.

GYMPIE mechanic Paul Vella is pushing for compulsory annual road safety checks for all vehicles on Queensland roads.

Mr Vella, who operates Velmec Automotive Services and Repairs, said he and his mechanics were alarmed at the amount of potential death traps being driven on our roads.

With more than 100 years of mechanical experience between them, Mr Vella and his team were shocked when they pulled the front wheels off a Chrysler and found the disc brakes were so badly worn they literally fell out when the wheel was removed.

“You don’t have to be a mechanic to appreciate why I’m concerned,” he said. “The only thing holding the disc brake together was the wheel.

“I’ve been doing this for 22 years and I’ve never seen it that bad.”

Mr Vella said the vehicle was purchased from a caryard last year and would have had a safety inspection when the registration was transferred into the new owner’s name. He said they had been driving around “with no front brakes whatsoever”.

“Not only was (the customer) embarrassed but she was upset because she had only bought the car 12 months ago. She couldn’t believe nothing had happened to her and her five kids. I’m not concerned how it happened. My main concern is preventing it from happening again. I want to make people aware they are playing with missiles.”

Mr Vella called for anyone with similar concerns to join him in lobbying the government for change.

“I want to make sure all vehicles on the road are safe,” he said.

Gympie Times


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