Royal Automobile Club of Queensland

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The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited
RACQ-brand.svg
Motto It Pays to belong
Formation 1905
Type Roadside assistance, Vehicle inspection, Travel advisory
Headquarters Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane.
Location
President
Nigel WF Alexander
Key people
Bronwyn K Morris, Vice President
Ian Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer
Brad Bowes, Group Company Secretary
Fay L. Barker, Director of North Zone
Campbell J. Charlton, Director of Far North Zone
Anthony (Tony) M. Gambling, Director of Central Zone
Arthur J. Gearon, Director of South West Zone
Elizabeth M. Jameson, Director of South East Zone
Stephen J. Maitland, Director of South East Zone
Karl D. Morris, Director of South East Zone
Neville Ide, RACQ Insurance Limited Director
Raymond Jones, RACQ Insurance Limited Director
Vyn Tozer, RACQ Insurance Limited Director
Website www.racq.com.au

The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited (RACQ) is a motoring club and mutual organisation, providing roadside assistance, insurance, travel, finance and other services to its Queensland members. It is a member of the Australian Automobile Association.

The RACQ Insurance, its insurance arm, is one of the largest[1] providers in Queensland.

Its bimonthly magazine, The Road Ahead, has the highest circulation of any magazine in Queensland with 887,630 paper subscriptions and 165,000 online subscribers.[2]

History[edit]

Eighteen motorists formed the Automobile Club of Queensland in 1905 at a meeting of “almost all the motorists in Brisbane” which was held at the School of Arts, in Ann Street. Of the eighteen founding members, ten were medical practitioners.Their belief that "autos" could be a reliable means for visiting patients was used to leverage a more positive image of cars in the public consciousness.[3]

  • William G. Billington
  • Dr Archibald B Brockway
  • Archibald Carmichael
  • P Clarke
  • Dr Lillian Violet Cooper
  • Thomas Coupland
  • Alexander B Elmslie
  • Dr Henry C Garde
  • Nils P Gustavson
  • Dr David Hardie
  • Dr Claude S Hawkes
  • Dr G. Herbert Hopkins
  • Dr Aeneas J MacDonnell
  • Hon. Dr Charles F Marks MLC
  • Dr Victor R Ratten
  • William J Tarrant
  • Walter M Trevethan
  • James Wilson

Dr. George Hopkins was voted to be the President, and Dr. Charles Marks was the first Vice-President. One of the foundation members was a woman, Dr Lilian Violet Cooper, noting that the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria did not permit women to be members at that time.[4]

The club received its Royal Charter in 1921.[5] The club was formed as an advocacy group, styled after the successful Royal Automobile Club of the United Kingdom. At the time of formation there were only 16 registered privately owned motor cars in the whole of Queensland.[6]

RACQ was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in 2014. [7]

Services[edit]

As of 2016, The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland provides the following services:

  • Roadside assistance
  • Cars and driving assistance
  • Cars insurance assistance
  • Travel insurance assistance
  • Cars loans assistance
  • Home assistance
  • Pet insurance[8]

Sponsorship[edit]

The RACQ sponsors the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth program (P.A.R.T.Y.) run by the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.[9]

In addition, the RACQ sponsors the RACQ Community Helicopter Rescue Network[10] through its charitable trust fund.

RACQ also sponsors the All Schools Pedal Prix, RACQ Technology Challenge Maryborough,[11] Older People Speak Out,[12] Queensland Road Safety Awards, RACQ Historic Motoring Council Rally and RACQ Insurance International Women's Day Fun Run [13]

Free2go[14] is a youth program designed to help learner drivers to get their licence and includes roadside assistance. Together with the online learner logbook.[15] Queensland learner drivers can record their required 100 hours of supervised on-road driving electronically.

Locations[edit]

The RACQ headquarters are in Eight Mile Plains, on the southside of Brisbane, with hubs at Tingalpa, Fortitude Valley, Virginia, Murarrie and Southport. Its branches are mostly owned outright, however some are franchised or contracted out, particularly in the road service division with the use of contractors outside of Brisbane.

In 2013, RACQ released one-of-a-kind The Mobile Member Centre[16] that functions as an ordinary branch, and is used for exhibitions and trade shows, and to assist in large-scale disasters in helping communities.

July 2015 controversy[edit]

In July 2015 the RACQ was the subject of a report on the Australian Channel 9 program "A Current Affair".[17] Reporter Tracy Grimshaw outlined how the RACQ dismissed tow truck driver Murray French for breaking a road rule when he towed a wheelchair-bound handicapped person's car on a tilt-tray tow truck while the person was still seated in the car. The event was earlier reported by the Logan Reporter[18] and BigRigs.com.au.[19] Thousands of RACQ members and the general public signed a petition calling for the RACQ to reinstate French. On 9 July there was a protest at the RACQ office asking for French's reinstatement.[20] The RACQ issued a response on their Web site disputing the information in the Channel 9 report and defending the decision to dismiss the driver.[21] In a statement the tow truck driver cited the 5 people killed on the M1 while waiting minutes in their car after RACQ had been called.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.racq.com.au/insurance/car_insurance/ car insurance
  2. ^ "Autum Campaign 2016". Outback Queensland Tourism. 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Club History: More than 100 years of RACQ". Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Our history". RACQ. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Question: What does RACQ stand for?". FAQs. The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  6. ^ "GovernorRACQ speech". Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  7. ^ "Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame | RACQ". leaders.slq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  8. ^ http://top10petinsurance.com.au/2017/02/12/racq-pet-insurance-review/
  9. ^ "RACQ Sponsorship". Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  10. ^ http://www.racq.com.au/about/news-and-community/sponsorships/our-sponsorships
  11. ^ http://www.racq.com.au/links/about-us/sponsorships/technology-challenge
  12. ^ http://www.racq.com.au/links/about-us/sponsorships/opso
  13. ^ http://www.racq.com.au/links/about-us/sponsorships/iwdfr
  14. ^ http://www.free2go.com.au/
  15. ^ http://www.learn2go.com.au
  16. ^ http://www.racq.com.au/about/news-and-community/mobile-member-centre
  17. ^ http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/07/08/19/14/tow-truck-driver-fired-for-towing-vehicle-with-disabled-driver-inside |retrieved 9 July 2015
  18. ^ http://www.thereporter.com.au/news/sacked-for-helping-a-man/2687597/ |Retrieved 9 July 2015
  19. ^ http://www.bigrigs.com.au/news/sacked-for-helping-a-man/2687597/ |Retrieved 9 July 2015
  20. ^ http://www.bigrigs.com.au/news/protestors-ask-truckies-job-back-racq-threaten-pol/2701063/ |Retrieved 9 July 2015
  21. ^ http://www.racq.com.au/about/news-and-community/get-the-facts/tow-truck-driver-safety-incident

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