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Victorian government announces 2017 road safety plan

The Andrews government in Victoria has announced its 2017 plan to make the state's roads safer in an effort to curb the ever-increasing annual road toll...

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Government proposes new fuel efficiency standards for vehicles
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Government proposes new fuel efficiency standards for vehicles

The Turnbull government has proposed new environmental and fuel efficiency standards this week that would force manufacturers to sell vehicles with more economical engines to meet emissions targets - similar to many European countries. Other measures being considered are improving the quality of fuel sold at service stations, and upgrading existing air pollution standards...


Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned
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Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned

A trial of autonomous driving technology will be carried out on Melbourne's tolled Eastlink motorway from the second half of 2017, the Victorian state government has confirmed. The news follows confirmation just days ago that Victoria's Andrews Labor Government would also carry out autonomous technology tests on the Monash-Citylink-Tullamarine corridor...


Michigan lawmakers clear road for driverless cars without human controls
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Michigan lawmakers clear road for driverless cars without human controls

Authorities in the US state of Michigan have passed a package of automaker-backed bills that will allow autonomous vehicles to drive on public roads without steering wheels or pedals. According to a new report by the US's Fortune, Michigan's Governor, Rick Snyder, passed the legislation in an effort to re-establish the state as the leader in driverless vehicle development...


US authorities want phones to have a 'driver mode' to combat distracted driving
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US authorities want phones to have a 'driver mode' to combat distracted driving

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed new guidelines for a mobile phone 'driver mode', which it believes will help address distracted driving. In a document that covers the second phase of the agency's voluntary guidelines to reduce driver distraction, the US DOT wants manufacturers of portable devices and aftermarket electronic device developers to design new products that offer simplified interfaces and reduce the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road...


Victorian government shoots down Melbourne congestion charge proposal
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Victorian government shoots down Melbourne congestion charge proposal

The Victorian government has rejected any potential for charging motorists a 'congestion' fee when driving into Melbourne's inner suburbs and CBD, as proposed this week by independent advisory body Infrastructure Victoria...


Northern Territory high-speed limits to remain... for manufacturers
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Northern Territory high-speed limits to remain... for manufacturers

The Northern Territory (NT) government has confirmed it will allow high-speed vehicle testing on its roads, by offering exemptions to vehicle manufacturers. Last month, the newly-elected Labor government declared it would reinstate 130km/h speed limits to NT highways, after open speed limits had been implemented by the former Country Liberal government in 2014...


Northern Territory to axe open speed limits
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Northern Territory to axe open speed limits

The newly-elected Northern Territory government has vowed to get rid of the open speed limits on sections of the Stuart Highway. NT’s newly-elected Labor party said it would reintroduce the 130km/h speed limits in the coming months after its landslide victory in last weekend’s election, undoing the two-year trial implemented by the former Country Liberal government...


Hyundai to provide 20 next-gen fuel-cell EVs for ACT government
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Hyundai to provide 20 next-gen fuel-cell EVs for ACT government

Hyundai will be the supplier of the first order for hydrogen-powered cars in Australian history, after the ACT government announced it will buy 20 of the company’s next-generation fuel-cell vehicles as part of its Renewable Transport Fuels Test Berth in Canberra...


Melbourne’s Punt Road becomes permanent clearway
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Melbourne’s Punt Road becomes permanent clearway

The Victorian government has implemented 24-hour clearways on Punt Road, one of the busiest routes in Melbourne. Starting from today, the new no-parking zones will operated seven days a week from Alexandra Avenue to Gladstone Street on the east side, and Alexandra Avenue to Union Street on the west side, which should help to cut congestion on the busy north-south corridor...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 26
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 26

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Uber legalised in Victoria, levy planned for taxi licence buy-back
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Uber legalised in Victoria, levy planned for taxi licence buy-back

Ride-sharing service Uber has received the green light in Victoria for its ride-sharing Uber X service, as part of the state government’s plans to regulate the commercial passenger vehicle industry. Although it's a widely-used service, Uber had not received official approval from the Victorian government until this week...


Netherlands, Norway, India looking to ban combustion-engined cars
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Netherlands, Norway, India looking to ban combustion-engined cars

Politicians in the Netherlands' lower parliamentary house have passed a motion calling for the country to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2025 this week, while governments in Norway and India are also looking to implement similar legislation. In the Netherlands, the motion was proposed by the Dutch Labour Party...


Uber to go legal in QLD from September 5, Premier announces on social media
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Uber to go legal in QLD from September 5, Premier announces on social media

Ride-sharing service Uber will be made legal in Queensland from early September, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing the move on Facebook this week. Queensland's legalisation of ‘ride-booking’ companies such as Uber is part of numerous reforms which will include a $100 million industry assistance package, and a universal set of rules and regulations for taxi and ride-sharing operators...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 29
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 29

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


NSW govt cracks down on P-platers: phone use banned for P1 and P2 drivers - UPDATE
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NSW govt cracks down on P-platers: phone use banned for P1 and P2 drivers - UPDATE

A spike in fatal road accidents this year has prompted the New South Wales government to introduce several changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme for learner, P1 and P2 drivers. Described as an effort to better prepare young drivers for real-world road hazards and reducing the NSW road toll, particularly among P-platers, the changes will gradually take effect between December 2016 and November 2017...


Melbourne's M80 Western Ring Road to get world-first adaptive speed limits
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Melbourne's M80 Western Ring Road to get world-first adaptive speed limits

Motorists in Victoria will be the first in the world to trial an Adaptive Variable Speed Limit system, which adjusts speed limits based on the amount of traffic detected. The 38-kilometre M80 Western Ring Road services 160,000 drivers every day, linking the northern and western suburbs to other Victorian urban and rural freeways - including the M31 Hume Freeway...


NRMA proposes driver education for speeding drivers
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NRMA proposes driver education for speeding drivers

The NRMA has called for the New South Wales Government to introduce alternatives such as driver training courses for low level speeding offences. With a year-to-date road toll of 208 for 2016, NSW has already seen a 25 per cent spike in road deaths compared to the same period last year...


Ricky Muir and AAAA draft Automotive Repair Code of Practice - UPDATE
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Ricky Muir and AAAA draft Automotive Repair Code of Practice - UPDATE

Update - A spokesperson from the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) recently commented on the issue, see article for details Leader of the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Senator Ricky Muir, and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) have launched a draft for a mandatory code of conduct that is aimed at giving independent repairers access to technical service and repair data from manufacturers...


NSW ‘driving towards zero’ campaign to trial in-ground traffic lights
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NSW ‘driving towards zero’ campaign to trial in-ground traffic lights

New South Wales’ deputy premier Troy Grant and minister for roads Duncan Gay have launched a new ‘Towards Zero’ campaign aimed at combating the human element of the state’s road toll - one being distracted pedestrians. With a year-to-date road toll of 177 - up from 142 for the same period in 2015 - the NSW government is investing millions of dollars in targeted initiatives to address issues such as speeding, phone-distracted pedestrians and road signage...