Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Finding the Right Words; Letters

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Finding the Right Words; Letters

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I WAS disappointed to see the writer of your editorial "A hole lot of trouble" (Journal, January 7)get a supposedly point-scoring word spectacularly wrong. Suggesting motorists pay road tax is patently wrong, which isn't good enough for a journalist.

Nobody has paid road tax since 1937. For the last 80 years, roads have been funded from everyone's taxes. What we vehicle drivers pay is Vehicle Exercise Duty on a scale of how much pollution our vehicles emit which has nothing to do with potholes - other than bigger vehicles inevitably cause bigger potholes.

Another word the media misuses, including the BBC, is "accident" which the police and rescue services haven't used for some time. Well done to the journalists who increasingly follow the lead from the wording and report vehicle collisions and crashes without using the "accident" word.

BRAKE, the road safety charity, plus a list of other safety organisations, have embraced the police and rescue services' custom by overtly describing accidents as incidents, because their starting point is not to assume the event was predictable, avoidable and preventable. …

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