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Safe, young Queensland drivers to be rewarded with free licences in LNP pre-election promise
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Safe, young Queensland drivers to be rewarded with free licences in LNP pre-election promise

Young Queensland drivers who complete their learner and provisional licence periods with a clean record will be rewarded with a free three-year licence if the Liberal National Party is re-elected. Under the scheme, any driver under 25 about to graduate to their open licence who hasn’t picked up any demerit points will be rewarded with a three-year licence, saving them $118...


NSW Police nab hundreds of drivers for failing to keep left
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NSW Police nab hundreds of drivers for failing to keep left

New South Wales Police booked almost 300 drivers for failing to keep left in a one-day, state-wide traffic blitz last week. Operation Compliance 5 targeted motorists driving in the right lane, as well as illegal mobile phone use, school zone offences and vehicle defects across the state’s major highways and suburban roads...


Federal Government moves to harmonise ADRs with international standards
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Federal Government moves to harmonise ADRs with international standards

The Federal Government has updated another two Australian Design Rules (ADR) in a move intended to bring our regulations more into line with international vehicle standards. Assistant minister for infrastructure and regional development Jamie Briggs says the latest ADR reforms are a step towards ensuring that every time a UN regulation is updated the relevant ADR can be updated automatically, allowing the latest technology to be made available to Australian consumers as quickly as possible...


Labor pledges $146m for young driver road safety program in Victoria
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Labor pledges $146m for young driver road safety program in Victoria

Every Year 10 student will be enrolled in a free defensive driving course as part of a $146 million proposal by Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews to invest in young driver training and education. Andrews unveiled his ‘Road Safety Starts Early’ program today at the Metec Driver Training facility in Bayswater North, emphasising the importance of arming young Victorians with the skills and support they need to become safe drivers...


Government sidesteps Senate to impose fuel excise increase
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Government sidesteps Senate to impose fuel excise increase

The federal government today bypassed Senate opposition and implemented the revenue-raising increase in Australia’s fuel excise it proposed in its May Budget.  Announced by finance minister Mathias Cormann, the decision gives “practical effect” to the proposed excise hike to all fuels par aviation, by way of tariff proposals to be validated by parliament inside 12 months...


Ford confirms new 2.0-litre diesel engine for passenger cars following $350m investment
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Ford confirms new 2.0-litre diesel engine for passenger cars following $350m investment

Ford will build a family of new low-carbon 2.0-litre diesel engines for its future passenger cars in London from 2017 following the announcement of a £190 million ($350 million) investment into its Dagenham plant. The announcement confirms the second phase of investment in the new engine program, following the original investment of £287m ($528m) for the development of new 2...


Carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep awarded $1.76m to set up automotive division in Geelong
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Carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep awarded $1.76m to set up automotive division in Geelong

Australian carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep will set up a dedicated automotive division in Geelong after being awarded a $1.76 million grant from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF) that is partially funded by Ford Australia. Quickstep’s automotive division will be based at a new facility located at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong...


Charge Australians for every kilometre they drive, report recommends
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Charge Australians for every kilometre they drive, report recommends

Australians should be tolled for every road they drive on and every kilometre they cover, according to a report commissioned by the Federal Government. The Australian Government Competition Policy Review Draft Report released on Monday recommends the introduction of a “cost-reflective road pricing” system that would see motorists charged according to where and when they drive...


Mazda boss says cars in Australia not overpriced, discusses perceived dangers of grey imports
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Mazda boss says cars in Australia not overpriced, discusses perceived dangers of grey imports

Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders says the notion that new cars are universally sold cheaper elsewhere is “rubbish”, and that a proposal to open up the market to late-model used imports would have a dire affect on the new vehicle market as a whole...


Taxpayer-funded vehicle purchases grow while total market keeps dropping
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Taxpayer-funded vehicle purchases grow while total market keeps dropping

The public sector is bucking the downward trend in new vehicle sales in 2014, with state and federal governments consistently buying more passenger cars, SUVs and commercials that it did last year.  This comes at a time when there is talk federally of a “budget emergency”, and where various state governments face uncertainty as they prepare to manage resource- or manufacturing-based economies through a period of transition...


Let Australians import new cars from overseas, says federal minister
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Let Australians import new cars from overseas, says federal minister

The Federal Government’s infrastructure ministry believes the new vehicle market should be deregulated to give Australians the freedom to import new cars from overseas. The issue is one of a number raised in the government’s options discussion paper released today ahead of its review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989...


Productivity Commission paints bleak picture for automotive manufacturing industry workers
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Productivity Commission paints bleak picture for automotive manufacturing industry workers

The Productivity Commission has painted a bleak picture for workers in Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry. In its final report on the industry, released yesterday, the Productivity Commission says up to 40,000 Australians will lose their jobs when local automotive manufacturing ends in 2017...


Productivity Commission calls on government to scrap luxury car tax
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Productivity Commission calls on government to scrap luxury car tax

The Productivity Commission has called on the Federal Government to consider scrapping the luxury car tax (LCT). In its final report on the Australian automotive manufacturing industry, the Productivity Commission labels the LCT “arbitrary in its effect” and “a higher-cost and less efficient method of raising revenue than more broadly based taxes”...


Government says Australia won't become a "dumping ground" for old used imports
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Government says Australia won't become a "dumping ground" for old used imports

The Federal Government says it has no intention of allowing Australia to become a “dumping ground” for other countries’ old vehicles, referring to the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to relax the restrictions on the importation of second-hand passenger and light-commercial vehicles...


Northern Territory extends open speed limit trial
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Northern Territory extends open speed limit trial

The Northern Territory Government has added a new stretch of the Stuart Highway to its open speed limit network. From September 1, the open speed limit trial will include 72km of the highway from Barrow Creek to just south of the Ali Curung Rail Overpass...


Cash-strapped motorists hit by higher fuel excise could scrimp on vehicle servicing, claims peak body
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Cash-strapped motorists hit by higher fuel excise could scrimp on vehicle servicing, claims peak body

Victoria’s peak automotive industry body today made the interesting claim that the Federal Government’s proposed increases to the fuel excise could render low-income car owners less able to keep their vehicles adequately serviced, thereby leading to more unsafe cars on the road.  As part of its 2014 Federal Budget, the Abbott Government announced plans to raise $2...


High-tech speed cameras headed for Victoria
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High-tech speed cameras headed for Victoria

High-tech speed cameras that can identify vehicles travelling in either direction and across eight lanes of traffic will be introduced throughout Victoria over the next four years. Victorian minister for police and emergency services Kim Wells confirmed the state’s 141 mobile speed cameras would be replaced with the new technology before the end of 2018...


Japan to offer $20k subsidy on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles
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Japan to offer $20k subsidy on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will support the proliferation of series-production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles by offering 2 million yen ($21,000) subsidies to get the green technology onto the public radar.  The announcement comes as domestic car-makers such as Toyota and Honda gear up to launch their next-generation zero emissions hydrogen vehicles (called the Fuel Cell Vehicle and FCEV Concept respectively) from 2015...


Victorian Government, Opposition reject calls for 0.02 blood-alcohol limit
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Victorian Government, Opposition reject calls for 0.02 blood-alcohol limit

The Victorian Government and the Opposition have both rejected calls from Victoria Police and road safety experts to reduce the legal blood-alcohol limit to 0.02. Victoria Police this week reopened the debate over the current 0.05 blood-alcohol limit, claiming that reducing the legal limit would cut the number of deaths and the level of trauma caused by drink-drivers...


Australian car brands split on decision to pass on Luxury Car Tax savings
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Australian car brands split on decision to pass on Luxury Car Tax savings

Australia’s automotive brands are split in their decisions on whether to pass on the savings created by changes to the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) this week. The Australian Tax Office announced a $1568 increase to the LCT threshold from July 1, which sees the threshold rise to $61,884. (There has been no change to the threshold for ‘fuel-efficient cars’, which remains unchanged at $75,375)...