Back in the days when I ran a car one of my motoring bad habits was to let the fuel level get dangerously low before going any where near a petrol station. It didn’t help that my Citroen 2CV could, it seemed run on vapour for days. In fact I’d ride around with a 5 litre plastic can (eh?) of fuel in the boot for those times when I did eventually splutter to a halt and that was the extent of my tank refill. For a while the minimal dashboard on the 2CV failed to register anything other than my speed so even a fill-up of fuel still left me clueless as to quite how much I had filled up with or didn’t have ‘somewhere back there’. And I liked it that way. Mercifully I no longer run a car and don’t live in the Antipodes so this story about a proposed fine for drivers who run out of fuel on some of New Zealand’s main highways reminds me how lucky I am not to be driving full time these days (I’d soon go broke from proposed fines like these alone).
by Wayne Thompson
The New Zealand Herald
25 Aug 2009
Drivers trying to squeeze the last kilometre from an empty fuel tank now face the prospect of a hefty fine if they run out of petrol on Auckland’s motorways. Acting on a request from the police, the Transport Agency is proposing a bylaw that would…read more…