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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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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...


Victorian toll fine reform proposed by Greens
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Victorian toll fine reform proposed by Greens

The Greens are calling for road toll fines to be capped in Victoria, amid a growing backlog of cases in the Magistrate's Court. Under the proposed legislation introduced to Victorian Parliament last week, motorists won't be hit with more than one road toll fine per week, regardless of how many trips they make...


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"...


Koenigsegg headed to Australia in June
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Koenigsegg headed to Australia in June

Koenigsegg, Swedish maker of wild hypercars like the Regera (above), has announced it will open its first factory-backed dealership in Australia later this year. Scheduled to launch in June, the company confirmed its vehicles will be available through Prodigy Automotive in conjunction with Lorbek Luxury Cars in Melbourne, Victoria...


Tweaked legislation to move Victoria closer to driverless tests
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Tweaked legislation to move Victoria closer to driverless tests

Proposed changes to the Victorian Road Safety Act and Crimes Act will open the door for more advanced autonomous tests on public roads. Should the new amendments pass, self-driving test permit holders would be subject to the same legal obligations as human drivers under the current Road Safety Act and Crimes Act...


Holden launches online sales pilot
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Holden launches online sales pilot

A Holden pilot will allow Melbourne metro buyers to research, spec and buy cars online, removing the need to visit a showroom. The company's research indicates 30 per cent of consumers would consider buying a car online...


World-first satellite tech being tested in Melbourne
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World-first satellite tech being tested in Melbourne

VicRoads is teaming up with BOSCH, the TAC, Geoscience Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information to test a world-first satellite positioning system in Albert Park. The test is part of a wider Australasian trial of a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), backed by $12 million in funding from the Australian Government and $2 million from the New Zealand Government...


Victorian drink-driving penalties to get tougher
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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 0.05 limit will be forced to have an alcohol interlock fitted to their cars for six months...


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...