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I would like to know how you feel about the project of the new CAO? INNA.

It is imperative that the document regulating the life of drivers not only defines the responsibility for a particular violation, but regulates the relationship between motorists and traffic police.

At the end of April, I drove 3, 000 kilometers behind the wheel and was convinced for the umpteenth time: what is happening on our roads cannot be called a blatant outrage. Inspectors, hiding in ambush or in the open, are looking for prey (as you know, not only among violators). At the same time, work is not visible on the organization of traffic, assistance to motorists (where traffic situations, traffic jams, etc., were encountered, not a single traffic police officer was visible). In my opinion, this problem can be solved only by eliminating the direct communication of the offender with the traffic inspector, as is customary in automobile countries.

The duties of the traffic police should include only control, fixing violations, their proof, and punishment is the business of the judiciary. This is present in the draft Code of Administrative Offenses, but concerns only some serious violations. True, now the inspector will not have the right to withdraw a driver’s license, but the temptation to “agree on the spot” remains.

There are other provisions in the draft Code that may complicate the lives of drivers. I hope that by the time the document is adopted, many of them will be eliminated. At least three thousand amendments (including those proposed by “At the wheel”), introduced by deputies, show that the Duma seeks to make an informed decision. But is it worth it to attach such a comprehensive significance to a single document? The same people, with the same far from always pure aspirations, will fulfill it. Therefore, we must talk about changing the principles of the traffic police, about its personnel. In the meantime, in addition to the new name and empty declarations, everything in this structure is still depressing.

I am not a linguist, but still remain in a slight perplexity about the names of cars in transliteration into Russian. The first thing that comes to mind is KugUar and Land Cruiser (constantly). It's funny to see the word “Cougar” (with two letters “y”) next to the photo that says “Cougar”). As for “Kruiser, ” the question is more subtle, but there is no “and short” in the pronunciation of this word and never has been! SERGEI.

I already touched on this topic in one of the "first mediums." The problem of transliteration is eternal. We are guided by two principles: the sound of the word in the original language and the well-established spelling, if the name of the car coincides with the generally accepted geographical name of the animal, etc. Cougar - this is the case: it’s not even a translation, but the name “cats” accepted in Russian. And about the “kruizer, ” you are probably right: the ancient “Zarulevsky” spelling should be reviewed.

A huge number of technical inaccuracies … just shocking. Reread carefully the article "Fontanka" promises to save "(ЗР, № 4 - edition.). Against the background of this approach, articles about the history of the magazine and fidelity to traditions sound false. SERGEY. (This question was received shortly before the" first Wednesday ")

With "Fontanka" there really were problems. Its creators saved too much fuel, which caused dissatisfaction with the oil magnates of St. Petersburg. Currently, criminal structures are carrying out the forcible seizure of such products … However, not everything is so scary - you, Sergei, are not the first to fall for our April Fool’s “fishing rod” (see ЗР, 2000, No. 4, p. 225; No. 5, p. 4). And thanks for the kind words about tradition.

Not so long ago, in a television talk show, they tried to find out the opinion of the “people”: does Russia need its own automotive industry with its outdated and somehow assembled cars? I would like to know your opinion. OLEG.

Life has shown: hopes for a wealthy foreigner who will buy, for example, a VAZ at an expensive price and soon dam up the country with the latest cars, are utopia. Large firms are most willing to create enterprises “from scratch” in countries where there is no automobile industry at all, or where the market economy is developing more generally as a whole than in Russia. Nevertheless, both Ford, FIAT, and Renault do not abandon their Russian projects - but at the same time they do not seek to closely link them with our "old" auto industry. In order to achieve competitiveness, it is necessary to reorganize traditional plants, to single out specialized industries, to make them more manageable, mobile, susceptible to progress - and, ultimately, attractive to strategic partners. The task is extremely difficult, since it requires not only material, but also considerable intellectual resources. Apparently, this was meant by the first general director of AvtoVAZ V. Polyakov, saying recently: “Weak work gives birth to weak people, strong work gives birth to strong people.” Our auto industry, its people have a good job!