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30km/h speed limits coming to Melbourne's north

Collingwood and Fitzroy residents in Melbourne will be subjected to a 30km/h speed limit trial from 'late September', as Yarra Council seeks to make life easier for pedestrians and cyclists in residential areas...

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NSW slow down, move over rules 'short-sighted' and 'ineffective'
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NSW slow down, move over rules 'short-sighted' and 'ineffective'

The National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) has lashed out at the upcoming trial forcing New South Wales drivers to do 40km/h past emergency service vehicles on the side of the road, describing the rules as "half-baked" and "short-sighted". Announced earlier this week, the new rule will be trialled over a 12 month period starting on September 1...


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...


Proof: Speed cameras aren't working
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Proof: Speed cameras aren't working

Like clockwork, each year the state governments of Australia rake in a little over $1.1 billion in revenue from speed cameras. And, that figure generally increases each year, ensuring a revenue stream for each state. Most of that money goes back into improving the road network and driver education – but are speed cameras and their income actually helping make us better, safer drivers? The statistics say no...


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...


QLD police union: hidden speed cameras are 'revenue raisers'; don't save lives
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QLD police union: hidden speed cameras are 'revenue raisers'; don't save lives

The head of the Queensland Police Union (QPU) has publically acknowledged that covert and hidden speed cameras do not save lives and are indeed nothing more than revenue raisers for the state government. Confirming the public’s perception that hidden camera vans and trailers have no effect in reducing the road toll, the president of the Queensland Police Union, Ian Levers, told CarAdvice it’s time for a change...


Are we any safer? Speed cameras rake in $1.1 billion in FY17 - each state's top 3 revealed
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Are we any safer? Speed cameras rake in $1.1 billion in FY17 - each state's top 3 revealed

Speed cameras have raked in a staggering $1.1 billion in Australia over a one year period in financial year 2017, and we can reveal the top three locations in each state. The numbers come on the back of a staggering 217 per cent increase in deaths on NSW roads for November compared to the same period last year, and  a 15 per cent jump in the Victorian road toll last year...


Toll roads: I want a refund
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Toll roads: I want a refund

Imagine buying anything, and I mean anything at all, and it didn’t work as advertised. Imagine a TV, for example, that only broadcast three channels. Or a toaster that refused to pop up. Or imagine buying a box of chocolates and when you opened the box, you discover half of them are missing...


Tasmanians facing 21 years jail for dangerous driving
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Tasmanians facing 21 years jail for dangerous driving

Tasmania has declared war on hooning drivers and is prepared to throw the book at offenders, who now face up to 21 years in jail, in an effort to crack down on dangerous driving...


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...


Speeding as dangerous as drink-driving, study shows
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Speeding as dangerous as drink-driving, study shows

The Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety (CARRS-Q) has released the results of a new study detailing which driver groups are the worst speeding offenders. The study has moved its creators to declare speeding, the most common traffic offence, as dangerous as drink-driving...


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...


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...


AAA calls for road safety funding amidst rising road toll
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AAA calls for road safety funding amidst rising road toll

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has again called for the Federal Government to renew its focus on road safety, as new statistics reveal the national road toll has remained stable over the past year. In a report called Benchmarking of the Performance of the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS), the AAA tracks progress against the NRSS's target of reducing road deaths by at least 30 per cent by the year 2020...


Programming sat-nav more dangerous than texting, UK study finds
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Programming sat-nav more dangerous than texting, UK study finds

A small UK-based study has found programming a satellite navigation app to be more distracting for drivers than texting. Undertaken by UK road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) RoadSmart and UK publication Auto Express, the experiment focussed on determining which common ‘behind-the-wheel distractions’ have the most potential for disaster...


Aussie drivers say 'not my place' to caution friends against dangerous driving: study
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Aussie drivers say 'not my place' to caution friends against dangerous driving: study

A new study conducted by the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) has found that road users not only display irresponsible behaviour on the roads, but there are plenty who also allow it to happen. The research shows that 49 per cent of Australians do not ask speeding friends or family members to slow down, as they believe it isn't their place to caution another driver...


UK introduces income-based traffic fines, Australian research group wants the same
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UK introduces income-based traffic fines, Australian research group wants the same

British authorities have this week introduced a new speeding penalty based on the offender's income, echoing a similar model already used in Finland other parts of the Scandinavian region. In a new report by the UK's Autocar, motorists caught doing more than 31mph (50km/h) over the limit could be fined between 125 and 175 per cent of their weekly income, while those exceeding the speed limit in a 30mph (48km/h) zone will incur three penalty points and fined 25 to 75 per cent of their weekly wage...


Your say: What annoys you on the road?
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Your say: What annoys you on the road?

Every time you get behind the wheel, it's almost guaranteed another road user will do something annoying, inconsiderate or possibly even illegal...


Autonomous cars will be awesome for Aussies
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Autonomous cars will be awesome for Aussies

Sydney to Melbourne. It's the trip by which all other trips are measured when it comes to a great Australian drive. And just imagine when the day comes that you'll be able to drive from Sydney to Melbourne without touching the accelerator, the brake pedal or the steering wheel as your car ferries you between the two biggest cities in the country - and all you have to do is go along for the ride...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 27, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 27, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...