Reporter: Graeme Butler

Harold Scruby says "we've watched trades people driving manual vehicles with a meat pie in one hand, a coca cola in the other" Whether it's a run-about work horse, a prize winning show piece or a custom built country chariot, the great aussie Ute is much maligned and misunderstood. "I'm a Ute man I like my utes" but not everyone's quite so keen ... Harold Scruby from the pedestrian council has Ute driving tradies in his sights. "Tradesman particularly seem to be very busy ah catching up on time by having their lunch while they're driving at the same time making a call about their next job, this has got to stop"

Just how badly some drivers act behind the wheel of the humble Ute is a real cause for concern -the vision is from Main Roads traffic surveillance and it doesn't put Ute drivers in a good light. According to Harold Scruby this sort of reckless driving is compounded by inattention - things like using phones, eating and drinking. "It can lead to a lot of crashes and of course many times these go unnoticed because they don't go into specific categories,. the governments around Australia have got to become serious about this and make it an offence to do anything but keep proper attention to the road and keep both hands on the wheel, that's what this is all about" but these Ute drivers are standing by their utes and reputations, "there's plenty of good drivers out there in utes and plenty of bad drivers out there in all sorts of vehicles"

"Why are they pointing the finger at Ute drivers alone there's a lot of other cars out there I mean utes do stick out for sure" and its fair to say some utes stick out more than others - when it comes to utes these guys and girls are passionate some might say obsessed, but even they admit some Ute drivers especially tradies have a bit to answer for. Harold Scruby says while Ute drivers have a lot to answer for, clearly they're not the only reckless drivers and it's time the law was changed to ban distractions behind the wheel. "It's time the law caught up with these behaviours, there should be a specific offence for driving while smoking or drinking or eating we shouldn't be allowed to do that at the wheel"


Saturday 24 th February 2007

3pm -11pm

Claremont Showgrounds

The 8th Perth City Muster on Saturday 24th February at Claremont Showgrounds is the biggest one-day country spectacular in the city featuring 8 hours of premier acts in full length concert sets, bumper displays of bull barred beasts, awesome whip cracking feats and competitions for all.

City Muster Concert gates open at 3pm and you'll be country rockin' to high energy hits, tender heartbreakers and new material from a sensational all star, Golden Guitar line-up in the Arena until 11pm -

Artist of the Decade Lee Kernaghan, dynamo Adam Brand, CMAA Entertainer of the Year Troy Cassar-Daley, Poster Girl Beccy Cole, sisters The McClymonts and local band Magnificent Seven bring a galaxy of accolades to the Arena stage and will be introduced by MC Brendon T Moylan.

Beaut Utes There's plenty of action in the pavilions from Noon with an awesome display of grunt, chrome and custom-built beasts from all over the state locking horns for the coveted Best Ute trophy and other prizes. Register your brute in the Feral, Female, Vintage, Best Presented, Furthest Travelled, City, Country and Peoples Choice categories at http://www.citymuster.com.au/

Admission to view the Beaut Utes is included with your concert ticket.