The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1913. MOTOR TRAVELLING AT NIGHT.
The fear of motor cars is fast waning among drivers of horses on the Peninsula roads. There are certain motor 'hogs' who make themselves unpleasant on any road; but the bulk of the drivers are vary considerate, and the horse 3 are getting quite used, to the cars. The Akaroa County Council's bylaws are a necessity, we admit, and keep "scorchers" in check, but it seems to us high time that the ban on cars from sunset to sunrise should be re moved, The restriction is injurious to Akaroa as a tourist resort, as it pretents visitors coming down by the late train to Little River coming over to Akaroa, and it also Bpoils tbe run of many private cars wbich come through from Christehurch. Whether the road should be thrown opes to tbe general public after.dark is questionable, but it seems to us that the mail oars should be allowed to run from tbe late train. Driving at night is not a very ploasanfc thing, and we be lieve that Mr Pilkington would not often avail himself of the privilege, but it would be a distinct advantage to the travelling public if they could leave Christehurch by the 4 o'clock train on Saturday evening, and return by the 7.40 train on Monday. It would mean an excellent week end trip for business men, and, if well advertised, should bring down a large number of tourists. The Akaroa County Council considered the ques tion of allowing the mail cars and local cars the right to travel at night, but rejected the idea, though several were in favour of it. VYe quite agree that tbe Peninsula farmers driving in their horse vehicles should be considered, but we do not believe that they would be much affected. For their own safety motorists have to drive slowly on these hills, and a,. lighted vehiole can always be seen. Really the rider is in a worse position, as he has no light by which to mark him, We notice that motor-cycles travel on tie roads after dark repeatedly, and no convictions appear to be entered against them. A motor cycle is more startling than a (Mr; yet no mishaps have occurred' through these cycles being on tbe hills i after dark. It may be said that the removal of the restriction will benefit i Akaroa at the expense of the farmers ] ißtbeßayF. Tbis would not lc j- ']
t'ce at all, and if the Bays people I would really suffer, we should be the first to say that the Akaroa County Council should carry out its bylaw to the letter. We do not believe that any harm would be done by the innovation, and the Peninsula should move with the times if Akaroa is to take her place as one of the premier tourist resorts of the Dominion. The motor trip makes tho journey down an exceedingly pleasant one, and we believe that the tourist traffic to Akaroa will increase very much in the next few years. If we are to keep in the front rank wemust be up to date, and if the repeal of a section of the bylaws would be beneficial to the tourist traffic and no damage to tbe general publio, the repeal should be considered by the Akaroa County Council.