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New South Wales looking to drive autonomous development

Transport for New South Wales has announced a $10 million fund for connected and autonomous vehicle trials, as it looks to ramp up self-driving research within its borders...

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NSW EV charging investment, electric bus trial announced
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NSW EV charging investment, electric bus trial announced

The New South Wales Government has announced a major election promise today, confirming a not insignificant investment in its electric vehicle fleets and the state's growing EV charging network. If successful in the March 23 election, the NSW Liberal party claims its Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Plan will include a $3 million co-investment in fast charging points on major regional corridors, along with $2 million on chargers in commuter car parks...


The dangerous road rule that could kill you these holidays
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The dangerous road rule that could kill you these holidays

Would you do 195km/h in a 110km/h zone? I know I wouldn't; so why are people happy to do 110km/h in a 25 or 40km/h zone? Poorly advertised new laws in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia now put your life and mine at risk each time we approach an emergency vehicle pulled over on the side of the road...


2019 Kia Cerato hatch spied in Australia
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2019 Kia Cerato hatch spied in Australia

A keen-eyed CarAdvice reader has snapped the all-new Kia Cerato hatchback in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel this week, giving us a first look at the standard version of the brand's local top seller. UPDATE, 18/12/18: Kia Australia has confirmed pricing and specs for the Cerato hatch...


Mobile phone detection camera trial heading to NSW
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Mobile phone detection camera trial heading to NSW

Sydney drivers will take part in a trial of world-first mobile phone monitoring cameras, as part of a New South Wales Government push to curb distracted driving. The pair of new cameras will be deployed on the M4 and Anzac Parade from January 2019, but motorists caught during the trial won't be fined...


Labor NSW proposes EV fleet targets - UPDATE
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Labor NSW proposes EV fleet targets - UPDATE

Labor in New South Wales has proposed new targets and funding to encourage electric vehicle (EV) adoption, calling for 25 per cent of government fleet vehicles to be EV by 2025. The state opposition has also committed $10 million over three years to electric vehicle infrastructure, called for reformed planning regulations to encourage charging infrastructure in residential apartment blocks, and promised $1 million for a public awareness campaign to communicate the technology's benefits...


Mobile speed camera warning signs need to go, says NSW Auditor General
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Mobile speed camera warning signs need to go, says NSW Auditor General

A report from the New South Wales Auditor General has called for the removal of warning signs before mobile speed cameras, arguing they "reduce the perceived risk of detection". The report, simply titled Mobile Speed Cameras, highlighted the combination of "covert and unconcealed" mobile speed cameras in Victoria – where warning signs aren't required – as a model to hit more motorists with speeding fines...


Sydney is Australia's most congested city
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Sydney is Australia's most congested city

A new report commissioned by Australia's motoring clubs has revealed Sydney is the nation's most congested city. Melbourne wasn't far behind, while Canberra came in third place. Darwin was the least congested city in the country. The study, commissioned by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) using road metric data from HERE Technologies, analysed a handful of key routes across our capital cities...


NSW passes tougher drink driving penalties
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NSW passes tougher drink driving penalties

New South Wales has passed revised drink driving legislation, hitting drivers with harsher penalties for 'low-range' offences. Under the new laws, low-range offences will be met with a $561 fine and instant, roadside three-month license loss. The same penalties will also apply to first-time 'drug presence' offenders. Beyond low-level offences (0...


Traffic tops future concerns for Melbourne, Sydney residents
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Traffic tops future concerns for Melbourne, Sydney residents

Cost of living is still forefront of mind right now, but a new study has found Melbourne and Sydney residents are more concerned about congestion than ever before. A study of almost 1000 inner-city residents found traffic was fourth on the current list of concerns, but it was the biggest forward-looking concern among respondents...


NSW: 40km/h limit past emergency services to be trialled
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NSW: 40km/h limit past emergency services to be trialled

New South Wales motorists will need to slow to 40km/h as they pass emergency services on the side of the road, as part of a road rule trial kicking off on September 1. Drivers moving in both directions on undivided roads are impacted by the rule, and face a $448 fine and three demerit points if they don't comply...


UberAir flying taxis could come to Sydney, Melbourne
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UberAir flying taxis could come to Sydney, Melbourne

Ride-sharing giant Uber could be bringing its high-flying uberAIR service to Sydney and Melbourne, as the company looks for 'launch cities' to trial its latest program. Using electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs), uberAIR shuttles have space for up to four passengers along with "their personal bags and backpacks"...


Chrysler 300 SRT Core joins NSW Police fleet
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Chrysler 300 SRT Core joins NSW Police fleet

The Chrylser 300 SRT Core has been announced as the newest member of the New South Wales Police Highway Patrol fleet, joining the BMW 530d. It's likely the V8-powered Chrysler 300 patrol vehicles will replace the outgoing V8 Holden Commodores, while the BMW serves the role previously occupied by six-cylinder Commodore police cars...


BMW 530d becomes NSW Highway Patrol vehicle
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BMW 530d becomes NSW Highway Patrol vehicle

The New South Wales Police Force has confirmed it will use the BMW 530d as Highway Patrol cars, becoming the second Australian authority to use the German sedan. "We are honoured by our association with the New South Wales Police Force and delighted that our officers will be driving BMW’s safe, efficient and dynamically superior vehicles," said Marc Werner, BMW Group Australia's CEO...


Minimum bicycle passing distance becomes law in NSW
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Minimum bicycle passing distance becomes law in NSW

New South Wales motorists will need to abide new laws about minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists, or face fines and the loss of demerit points. The new Minimum Passing Distance rule comes into force after a two-year trial, and mandates motorists leave a one-metre gap when overtaking cyclists below 60km/h and a 1.5-metre space over 60km/h...


ANCAP Crashlab to get $1.6m upgrade
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ANCAP Crashlab to get $1.6m upgrade

The New South Wales Government has committed $1.6 million to upgrading the ANCAP Crashlab, which will enable the facility to assess autonomous vehicle safety technologies. Minister for roads, maritime and freight, Melinda Pavey, made the announcement this week, which will support local crash-testing authority, ANCAP, in the testing of driver assistance systems...


NSW to crack down on drug driving
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NSW to crack down on drug driving

The New South Wales Government has announced a crack down on drug driving in the state, strengthening current legislation and boosting roadside drug testing. According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, 392 people lost their lives on NSW roads in 2017, with preliminary data indicating drug-affected drivers were a major contributing factor in 36 fatal accidents during that period - resulting in 42 fatalities...


World's first Mercedes-AMG dealership opens in Sydney
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World's first Mercedes-AMG dealership opens in Sydney

Mercedes-AMG has aggressively expanded its model line-up in recent years, pushing downmarket with a range of V6-powered '43' models. Now, it's expanding its footprint in a very different way, with a dedicated full-service dealership in Sydney. Rather than rubbing shoulders with four-cylinder A-Classes and diesel vans, the showroom will be dedicated to high-performance cars with a three-pointed star on their nose...


NSW makes rego free for frequent toll users
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NSW makes rego free for frequent toll users

Drivers who spend more than $25 per week on tolls will get free registration in New South Wales, under a new State Government plan. NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, says the move is designed to help drive down the cost of owning a car in New South Wales. "The majority of eligible motorists will save $358 a year on registration costs, with potential savings of up to $715 a year," Berejiklian said today...


NSW Govt announces changes to Graduated Licensing Scheme, adopts Victorian model
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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. Firstly, learner drivers will now be required to complete the Hazard Perception Test before undertaking the practical driving test...