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Victorian drink-driving penalties to get tougher

Proposed changes to Victorian drink-driving laws would see first-time offenders lose their licence for three months. Anyone caught driving with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) between 0.05 and 0.069 face licence cancellation and disqualification for three months, while all drivers caught over the 0...

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Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria
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Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria

Revised regulations could allow autonomous vehicles on California roads without a human minder in the driver seat next year, but it could be five or six years before we see similar tests on local roads. Proposed changes to the California DMV Driverless Testing and Deployment Regulations remove the need for “physical control by a natural person sitting in the vehicle’s driver’s seat” during tests...


Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane
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Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane

Tesla has continued the expansion of its charging network in Australia, with five new Superchargers in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. A charge station in Horsham means the Supercharger link between Melbourne and Adelaide is now complete, while stations in Keith, Clare Valley and the Adelaide city centre are designed to allow Model S and Model X owners to travel between Adelaide and Brisbane without running flat...


Victoria: Numbers show young drivers safer with Graduated Licensing
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Victoria: Numbers show young drivers safer with Graduated Licensing

An independent review says Victoria's Graduated Licensing System is saving the lives of young drivers in the state. Luke Donnellan, minister for roads and road safety, announced the results of the study this week - including the statistic that drivers who have been through the new system are 20 per cent less likely to be involved in a serious collision in their first two years of driving...


Top driving roads around Melbourne: Reefton Spur

Top driving roads around Melbourne: Reefton Spur

Welcome to another instalment of our little Top Driving Roads series, intended to highlight some of the best, most challenging, and most fun roads we (occasionally) get to drive on. To clarify, driving isn’t always about going fast; we want to make that bit clear...


EastLink launches self-driving survey for Victoria
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EastLink launches self-driving survey for Victoria

Victorian toll road provider EastLink has announced the first major survey of motorists's attitudes toward autonomous vehicles, which will help to track forthcoming changes into the future. The company is expecting thousands of responses to the new survey, which will measure perceptions and attitudes to driverless cars, with the study to be repeated yearly...


Victoria introducing short-term rego payments in 2018
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Victoria introducing short-term rego payments in 2018

Victoria's Andrews Labor Government has announced it will offer short-term payment options for vehicle registration from 1 January 2018. With the annual fee now sitting at $800.80 for light vehicle registration, Victorians will soon have the choice of additional three-month or sixth-month options intended to help ease the cost-of-living pressures for millions of people...


Billy carts converge on Castlemaine for charity
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Billy carts converge on Castlemaine for charity

The Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge will be making a return to the Victorian gold-mining town, after a 14-year hiatus. Known as the home of hot rods, organisers also like to claim Castlemaine, Victoria, as the Billy Cart capital. The event has had a rollercoaster history, beginning in 1949 as the Apex Soap Box Derby...


BMW 530d joins Victorian highway patrol fleet
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BMW 530d joins Victorian highway patrol fleet

The 2017 BMW 530d will report for duty as a highway patrol car "by early-2018", as part of the Bavarian manufacturer's new vehicle supply partnership with Victoria Police. Up to 80 of the diesel-powered sedans will be patrolling Victorian roads within the next 12-15 months, largely due to the end of local vehicle manufacturing - spelling the demise of the current police crop of Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores...


Holden Commodore the hoon's weapon of choice in Victoria
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Holden Commodore the hoon's weapon of choice in Victoria

The Holden Commodore is the most popular option for 'hoon' drivers, according to figures released by Victoria Police today. The report shows that of 2204 vehicles impounded and crushed between July 2015 and December 2016, over 25 per cent of them were Holden Commodores, with an astounding 641 crushed during the period...


Victorian driverless testing highlights need for improved infrastructure
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Victorian driverless testing highlights need for improved infrastructure

Autonomous vehicle technology trials currently underway in Victoria have delivered a first round of results, revealing aspects of infrastructure and technology that must be improved for autonomous systems to reach their full potential. Using current-model vehicles with 'level 2' autonomous technology systems already in market, the trials were first announced in December and have been actively testing in regular daily traffic on the Eastlink corridor...


Victoria kicks off driverless vehicle technology trials
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Victoria kicks off driverless vehicle technology trials

The Victorian government has started its autonomous driving technology trials, first announced in December last year. Launched to "help Victoria prepare for the future of driverless vehicles", the trial is being carried out in cooperation with roads company Transurban, along with VicRoads and RACV. Manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo are also involved...


Ford opens 'showroom of the future' in Victoria
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Ford opens 'showroom of the future' in Victoria

Ford has opened the first of its 'Showroom of the Future' facilities in the southern hemisphere this week, at Bayford Ford in Epping, Victoria. One of only three in the world, the showroom's look and layout was developed in partnership with Fitch Design, which counts McLaren and Adidas among its clients. The new design aims to give customers a digitally-connected retail experience...


Mitsubishi sales concept store opens in Geelong
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Mitsubishi sales concept store opens in Geelong

Mitsubishi and Geelong-based dealership group Kings Cars have opened an interactive 'vehicle concept' showroom in Westfield Geelong. Joining a slew of shopping centre pop-up shops from a number of brands including Tesla and Subaru, Mitsubishi's new pilot store allows customers to experience the company's range without having to deal with the pressures of a traditional automotive retail environment...


SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria
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SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria

SEA Automotive has delivered the first of nine electric trucks set to hit Victoria's roads in the coming months, as part of the Andrews Labor Government's New Energy Jobs fund. After receiving $517,000 from the Labor Government in October last year to develop a facility to manufacture commercial electric vehicles, SEA delivered the first of its zero-emissions trucks to Kings Transport, an Australian logistics company...


Victorian road safety camera not compromised by WannaCry virus; fines to be issued
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Victorian road safety camera not compromised by WannaCry virus; fines to be issued

Anyone in Victoria hoping that an impending red light or speeding infringement notice would be declared null and void, courtesy of the state’s network of road safety cameras being infected with the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware virus, is in for bad news...


Victoria Police to trial world-first GPS tracking to deter car theft
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Victoria Police to trial world-first GPS tracking to deter car theft

Victoria Police has announced it will trial the world-first use of GPS tracking devices to reduce car theft in the state. Around 1000 vehicles will be fitted with the technology from September as part of a 12-month program. The trackers will be installed in cars at a higher risk of theft in metropolitan areas that are considered by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) as "high risk" suburbs...


Victorian road safety camera network under investigation following virus infection
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Victorian road safety camera network under investigation following virus infection

The Victorian Government has called for an immediate investigation into the State's 280-strong road safety camera network, following the discovery that a software virus had infected more than 90 cameras since June 6...


Geely MPV spied in Melbourne after concept debut
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Geely MPV spied in Melbourne after concept debut

The Geely 'MPV' has been spied in Melbourne this week, following its reveal in concept form at the Shanghai motor show. Dressed in heavy camouflage and wearing a "left-hand drive" sticker on its rump, the development vehicle was spotted by a CarAdvice reader just a week after it made its global premiere - hinting that the production version is a lot closer than originally thought...


Melbourne's footpaths light up in the name of pedestrian safety
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Melbourne's footpaths light up in the name of pedestrian safety

Pedestrian traffic lights have been installed in the footpaths of Melbourne this week, marking the first implementation of the technology in Australia. Designed to enhance pedestrian safety, the new lights at the intersection of Little Collins Street and Swanston Street change colour between red and green with pedestrian crossing signals, helping people walking at night or looking down at their mobile devices know where the footpath ends...