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NSW Govt announces changes to Graduated Licensing Scheme, adopts Victorian model

Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has announced "major improvements" to its Graduated Licensing Scheme, with the changes largely aligning with the process used in Victoria. Coming into effect from 20 November 2017, the revised scheme comes with three main changes...

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NSW '4' historic number plates sell for record $2.45m
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NSW '4' historic number plates sell for record $2.45m

The New South Wales vintage registration plate '4' sold for a record $2.45 million at the Shannons Winter Classic Auction in Sydney on Monday night. The winning bid came in at $1 million over the estimated price guide - and a good deal more than the most recent records of $750,000 each for NSW plates 29 and 36...


Dubbo to trial digital driver licence tech, due for public release in 2019
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Dubbo to trial digital driver licence tech, due for public release in 2019

Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has announced this week that residents of Dubbo will be able to trial digital driver licence technology in November. Accessible through a mobile phone app, the digital licence can be used for proof of identity and proof of age to enter pubs and clubs, along with roadside police checks...


NSW: More young people steering away from driver's licence
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NSW: More young people steering away from driver's licence

Statistics sourced from Transport for New South Wales (NSW) show that more people aged between 17-20 are choosing to go without a driver's licence, with the last five years showing a slow, but steady decline. While licence rates across all age groups are slightly up from 10 years ago, 17 to 20-year olds and 21 to 25-year olds are showing a decline over the last five years...


NSW goverment: 40km/h zones are saving lives, expect more
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NSW goverment: 40km/h zones are saving lives, expect more

It's official, 40km/h zones are keeping us safe and reducing the number of incidents on the road - according to the New South Wales (NSW) government. According to a new study, the NSW Centre for Road Safety has found a 33 per cent reduction in crashes causing death or serious injury between 2005 and 2015, in areas where 40km/h zones have been introduced...


Interview: Director of NSW Transport Craig Moran on how traffic flow is monitored
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Interview: Director of NSW Transport Craig Moran on how traffic flow is monitored

On this week's CarAdvice podcast, we spoke to the Director of Network Operations and Planning for the NSW Transport Management Centre, Craig Moran. You can find the audio at the bottom of this article. How do you monitor traffic flow? We manage it through our traffic signal control system, which has detectors that are pieces of wire embedded into the road...


NSW Police add Chrysler 300 SRT to promo fleet
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NSW Police add Chrysler 300 SRT to promo fleet

The New South Wales (NSW) Police have taken delivery of a new Chrysler 300 SRT, with the large sports sedan tipped to take over duties from the locally-produced Holden Commodore when Australian manufacturing concludes in October. While it's been decked out with 'Highway Patrol' branding, the sole 300 SRT police car (at least, for now) is only being used as a show vehicle, making appearances at shows, sporting events and public displays...


MG opens three new dealers in NSW and QLD
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MG opens three new dealers in NSW and QLD

MG has commenced its Australian rollout this week, with three new dealerships in Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane opening their doors to the public. Each location offers sales, service and parts replacement for local MG customers, and are the first dealer representatives for the reborn brand in Australia...


NSW to replace L-plater logbook with mobile app
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NSW to replace L-plater logbook with mobile app

Transport for NSW is preparing to scrap the old learner-driver logbooks that have been floating around in glove boxes for nearly 20 years now. Following comments last year from now former NSW roads minister, Duncan Gay, the state has been pushing to ditch the 'old school' approach for some time...


LDV G10 recruited by Campsie police
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LDV G10 recruited by Campsie police

Forget high-powered Audis, BMWs, AMGs and the rest -  the LDV G10 people mover is the latest recruit in the Sydney police force, helping the Campsie Local Area Command carry out its crime prevention community projects. Announced this week, the seven-seat LDV G10 people mover will be used by Sergeant Ghouse Mohammad and his fellow Campsie LAC officers to spread their crime prevention message to the schools, businesses and community groups of the Campsie area...


Australia's 10 most dangerous sections of highway named
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Australia's 10 most dangerous sections of highway named

The Australian Automotive Association (AAA) has revealed the top 10 worst sections of highway along the National Land Transport Network. AAA's Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) examines the 247 sections of highway across the country that make up the 20,664km National Land Transport Network, and ranks them based on risk determined from the length of road section, traffic volume and casualty crash rates...


Audi S7 Sportback, BMW i8 to boost police profile
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Audi S7 Sportback, BMW i8 to boost police profile

If you dig your cars and you've always thought of joining the police force, now's the time, as a brand-new Audi S7 Sportback and BMW i8 have just been added to the New South Wales Police fleet. With Lake Illawarra Local Area Command taking care of the $180,716 Audi S7 Sportback, the $298,955 BMW i8 has been hand-delivered to Rose Bay Local Area Command...


Subaru rolls out mobile servicing vans
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Subaru rolls out mobile servicing vans

Subaru has commenced the wider rollout of its new mobile service vans in New South Wales, giving customers the option of having their vehicle serviced at home or at work. First trialled earlier this year, the Subaru mobile service van initially operated in the Sydney suburb of Narellan, and is now servicing the areas around several other Subaru Sydney retailers...


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...


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...


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...


NSW to trial traffic light communication for trucks
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NSW to trial traffic light communication for trucks

The New South Wales government has announced a trial of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology to tackle increasing congestion on Sydney’s roads. Transport for NSW says that by reducing the number of times trucks stop at traffic lights, the connected vehicle technology should improve travel time at over 100 intersections across Sydney, which will result in smoother and faster commuting for motorists...


Lexus RC F coupe joins New South Wales Police fleet
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Lexus RC F coupe joins New South Wales Police fleet

New South Wales Police has unveiled the latest edition to its crime-fighting squad: the V8-powered Lexus RC F. The Japanese high-performance coupe has been provided on loan to NSW Police by Lexus Australia as part of a campaign aimed at promoting safer roads and increasing community engagement...


Lexus RX and GS hybrids join NSW Police fleet
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Lexus RX and GS hybrids join NSW Police fleet

The Lexus RX SUV and Lexus GS luxury sedan have been added to the NSW Police Force fleet. The Lexus RX450h and GS450h petrol-electric models are to be used in the southern parts of NSW, with coverage from the Royal National Park near Wollongong to the Kosciuszko National Park and NSW snowfields as part of NSW Police's Road Safe and Snow Safe campaigns...