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You can wash your motorbike, but not your car??

By johnboy 25 May 2009 31

ACTEW have recently listed car washing as a “hot topic” on their website. After a poke around the linked page I found this text, not sure how recent it is, but certainly new information to me:

    No washing of any vehicle except at a commercial car wash that recycles water and holds an exemption allowing use of potable water. Boat motors may be flushed or rinsed after use.

    A general exemption exists for using water to wash a vehicle’s windows, mirrors or lights, and for spot removal of corrosive substances, and then only with a bucket or watering can filled directly from a tap (not by means of a hose).

    Under a general exemption motorcycles can be cleaned ONCE per month, and then only with a bucket or watering can filled directly from a tap (not by means of a hose).

So why are motorcycles so lucky?

What’s Your opinion?


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ant 8:42 pm 25 May 09

Ags said :

Pommy Bastard-What do you mean by “wash your motorbike”? Why would you do that?

You should shower every day too!!!!!!!

…. whether you need to or not.

My car is fairly clean, it lives outside and only gets a bit dusty in prolongued dry periods. It can’t go through the automated wash either, that’s my excuse.

astrojax 8:31 pm 25 May 09

harleys shouldn’t be treated as ‘motor bikes’ for this purpose, but. or any purpose, really.

otherwise, motorbikes are cool +6 [or whatever we’re up to by now]

nota 7:40 pm 25 May 09

nota said :

Because plants consume CO2 and your car creates it.

Because maintaining my car consumes less CO2 than by having to repair or replace it.

I find it odd that most people obey water restrictions anyway, regardless of what they say blah de blah bla.

Most of us are required to obey the law. But you’re obviously a special case.

goose 7:33 pm 25 May 09

Motorbikes rule 🙂

Pommy bastard 6:06 pm 25 May 09

Ags said :

Pommy Bastard-What do you mean by “wash your motorbike”? Why would you do that?

You should shower every day too!!!!!!!

Now I know you’re kidding!

GregW 5:57 pm 25 May 09

Steady Eddie said :

Because motorbikes are cool.

+4

nota said :

I’d love to know the ‘fair & equitable’ blah blahj

Because plants consume CO2 and your car creates it.

I find it odd that most people obey water restrictions anyway, regardless of what they say you can and can’t do.

Gungahlin Al 4:34 pm 25 May 09

monomania said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Buy a rainwater tank and thumb your nose at water restrictions.

Even when it hasn’t rained for a month and if there is any water in your tank it came from the hose or through a valve on a pipe connected to the water supply.

Not true Mono (In our case anyway). We plumbed all our outdoor taps to the tank. And the whole roof is plumbed to the tank. So even a moderate fall refills it.

But that said, we’ve just emptied it for the first time – but only watering in hundreds of new plants has caused that – and that’s a once-off situation.

nota 4:32 pm 25 May 09

Sgt.Bungers said :

Buy a rainwater tank and thumb your nose at water restrictions.
__________

Even when it hasn’t rained for a month and if there is any water in your tank it came from the hose or through a valve on a pipe connected to the water supply.

I doubt that washing a car with a high pressure hose uses any more water than a 2-3 minute shower.
__________

When living in Canberra I would regularly wash my car and bike, on the lawn, during allocated watering times. I figured it would be fun for anyone to try to argue the logic of it being OK to stand around pouring water onto a lawn for up to 3 hours straight, but not OK to pour water onto some metal intermittently for 20 minutes, when that water then ran onto the same lawn. Me thinks that allowing this would have been unfair on people living in apartments?

In fact it used to take me about 5 minutes, despite the restricted flow of the pressure washer;

Similar to your apartment example, a rainwater tank isn’t feasible for renters like self, my place doesn’t even have guttering.

Hence I’m allowed to wash my Victa ,., but not my vehicle???

Thumper 4:28 pm 25 May 09

+3

Trunking symbols 4:22 pm 25 May 09

Steady Eddie said :

Because motorbikes are cool.

+2

Sgt.Bungers 4:17 pm 25 May 09

I believe it’s a safety issue. Many drivers have trouble spotting motorcyclists as it is. By being shiny, they’re that tad easier to spot.

When living in Canberra I would regularly wash my car and bike, on the lawn, during allocated watering times. I figured it would be fun for anyone to try to argue the logic of it being OK to stand around pouring water onto a lawn for up to 3 hours straight, but not OK to pour water onto some metal intermittently for 20 minutes, when that water then ran onto the same lawn. Me thinks that allowing this would have been unfair on people living in apartments?

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