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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...


Victoria Police exploring ‘textalyser’ potential
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Victoria Police exploring ‘textalyser’ potential

Victorian Police has voiced interest in experimental new ‘textalyser’ technology that will allow authorities to check whether a driver has been using a mobile phone while driving. The so-called textalysers, a name inspired by breathalyser systems, are able to analyse metadata to determine whether someone was using their mobile phone at a specific time - while driving, for example...


Paris bans all cars registered before 1997 to combat smog
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Paris bans all cars registered before 1997 to combat smog

In its ongoing bid to combat an increasing smog problem, French capital Paris will ban all cars registered before 1997 from its city center during weekdays. The plan to ban older cars is expected to come into effect from July, following a 2014 proposal by the city's Socialist Party mayor, Bertrand Delanoe...


Australian Greens propose free rego for EV buyers
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Australian Greens propose free rego for EV buyers

The Australian Greens have proposed a range of policies to hasten the take-up of electric vehicles, including five-years free registration, more public charging infrastructure, incentives for big fleets to buy EVs, and part-funding a domestic EV industry...


ANCAP nets $2.2 million in govt funding over next two years
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ANCAP nets $2.2 million in govt funding over next two years

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has secured $2.2 million in government funding to be delivered over the next two years. This matches the $2.2m it received over the past two years. Australia’s independent crash test watchdog independently tests cars in Australia, but also runs data gathered by Euro NCAP through its own set of criteria...


New bike laws proposed: cyclists to earn demerit points, risk having bikes crushed - UPDATE
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New bike laws proposed: cyclists to earn demerit points, risk having bikes crushed - UPDATE

UPDATE: Hope you all enjoyed our April Fools' Day gag for today - happy April 1st. In an unprecedented step towards creating a safer road network, the Australian Federal Government is seeking to introduce new penalties that will see cyclists earn demerit points against their motor vehicle driving licences, and risk having their bikes impounded or even crushed...


Aftermarket peak body praises plan to allow private imports
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Aftermarket peak body praises plan to allow private imports

Yesterday’s announcement that the government was planning to allow the private importation of new or near-new vehicles from 2018 may have been slammed by existing factory distributors, but not all of the car industry was up in arms. The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the peak body representing the interest of the automotive parts, accessories, tools and equipment industry, has come out strongly in favour...


Do grey imports pose dangers?: The risks you might face privately importing a new car - UPDATE
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Do grey imports pose dangers? The risks you might face privately importing a new car - UPDATE

Car industry "blind-sided" Parallel imports undermine consumer protection, says industry Car executives and FCAI speak out in anger, their arguments below Heavy hitters within the Australian new vehicle industry have unanimously slammed the government’s proposal to change the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and allow parallel ‘grey’ importation of near-new cars from 2018...


Drug driving responsible for more Victorian road deaths than drink driving third year running
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Drug driving responsible for more Victorian road deaths than drink driving third year running

Illicit drugs, notably speed and ice, have proved more responsible for fatal collisions on Victorian roads than alcohol for the third successive year, Victoria Police has announced. Speaking to media today, Victoria Police assistant commissioner Doug Fryer (pictured below) said while speed remains the number one killer on Victorian roads, police are seeing a “significant increase” in illicit drugs being the determining factor in fatal and injury trauma...


Victorian Government commits another $46.5m to assist transition from vehicle manufacturing
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Victorian Government commits another $46.5m to assist transition from vehicle manufacturing

The Victorian Government is committing an additional $46.5 million to help automotive businesses, workers and communities transition into new industries with secure employment prospects. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Industry Minister Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the ‘Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan’ at the Bosch manufacturing plant in Clayton...


Victoria Police would be happy to issue no speeding fines
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Victoria Police would be happy to issue no speeding fines

Victoria Police assistant commissioner Doug Fryer has refuted suggestions that road fines are about revenue raising, and insists they’re about “community education”. Speaking at a press conference in Melbourne this afternoon, Fryer said: “[There’s an] inference it’s around revenue raising. I’d be more than happy that no one in Victoria get a fine for speeding...


Australian Government to examine vehicle emissions standards and testing procedures
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Australian Government to examine vehicle emissions standards and testing procedures

The Federal Government will launch a ministerial forum to examine vehicle emissions standards in Australia and vehicle testing procedures. The ministerial forum will be chaired by major projects minister Paul Fletcher with the support of a working group and will examine issues including the implementation of Euro 6 emissions standards, fuel quality standards, fuel efficiency measures for light vehicles, and emissions testing arrangements...


Northern Territory to expand open speed limit zone
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Northern Territory to expand open speed limit zone

The Northern Territory Government will lift speed limits from another 60-kilometre stretch of the Stuart Highway from north of Alice Springs to the Ali Curung rail overpass. The new unlimited zone connects with the two existing unlimited lengths of the highway – 204km between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek, and 72km from Barrow Creek – to create a 336km stretch of unrestricted road (excluding past road houses and through communities)...


Seven strange things that happened in Australia’s car market last month
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Seven strange things that happened in Australia’s car market last month

It was generally business as usual for the Australian new vehicle market in July. The Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 ruled the roost, SUVs continued to boom and a trio of utes led by the Toyota HiLux filled out the top 10. But of course, every month brings its share of surprises, like this one we told you about already...


Federal Budget delivers small business tax break for vehicle purchases under $20,000
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Federal Budget delivers small business tax break for vehicle purchases under $20,000

Last night’s Federal Budget delivered a boon for small business owners, allowing them to instantly claim back purchases of up to $20,000 – including new and used vehicles. Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the tax break last night, which means that businesses with an annual turnover under $2 million can claim tax deductions immediately for an unlimited number of sub-$20,000 purchases made between now and June 30, 2017...


Government considers lifting import restrictions on new cars; industry furious
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Government considers lifting import restrictions on new cars; industry furious

The federal government today advanced its position on relaxing restrictions on the personal importation of new vehicles  — that is, buying a new car from dealers overseas if they will sell you one. In an announcement from the office of assistant minister for infrastructure Jamie Briggs, the government outlined its plan for what it called “getting on with delivering safer roads and better vehicles for motorists as part of our detailed review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA)”...


Industry minister calls hydrogen "the fuel of the future" while brushing off EVs
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Industry minister calls hydrogen "the fuel of the future" while brushing off EVs

Australia’s industry and science minister has labelled hydrogen “the fuel of the future” and rather remarkably brushed off hybrid and electric vehicles as mere “transitioning technology”...


Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell unveiled and first hydrogen refuelling station officially opened
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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell unveiled and first hydrogen refuelling station officially opened

Australia’s federal industry and science minister has officially unveiled the country’s first hydrogen-powered car, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, and opened Australia’s first hydrogen vehicle refuelling station at the South Korean car maker’s Sydney headquarters...


EXCLUSIVE - Australia to adopt LHD for 2019 - UPDATED
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EXCLUSIVE - Australia to adopt LHD for 2019 - UPDATED

Breaking: Australia is set to join 90 per cent of the world's traffic and move to the right, adopting left-hand drive cars in the process, following a radical change to our road laws coming in 2019...


Renault Twizy now permitted to be driven by 14-year-olds across European Union
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Renault Twizy now permitted to be driven by 14-year-olds across European Union

Fourteen-year-olds in France and across the European Union are now legally able to drive the all-electric Renault Twizy, thanks to newly introduced legislation regarding piloting light quadricycles...