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Victorian govt drops $1 million on regional EV chargers

The Victorian Labor Government revealed today it will partly fund the installation of two "ultra-rapid" electric vehicle charging stations at two regional locations: Euroa and Barnawartha North, near Wodonga...

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Digital log book launching for Victorian learner drivers
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Digital log book launching for Victorian learner drivers

L-Plate drivers in Victoria will be able to log their 120 hours using a new 'digital log book app' from early next year. The myLearners app and website is being put through its paces by 110 drivers in a trial by the TAC and Victorian Labor Government, ahead of a launch early in 2019. Supervisors approve driving hours through the app or using a website, doing away with the paper logbook entirely...


Nissan receives $210,000 grant for EV charging project
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Nissan receives $210,000 grant for EV charging project

Nissan Australia has announced it has been awarded a grant from the Victorian Government to fund its research project on electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, in partnership with the CSIRO and Delta Energy Systems. A sum of $210,000 has been approved from the New Energy Jobs Fund, and will help Nissan and its research partners look into off-grid charging infrastructure for EVs, and will run for 18 months...


Autonomous buses 'already close to reality in transport users’ minds' - study
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Autonomous buses 'already close to reality in transport users’ minds' - study

La Trobe University has called for more consideration of autonomous vehicles in future infrastructure planning decisions, having concluded a 12-month self-driving bus trial on campus. More than 500 students and staff rode the 'Autonobus' during its year on the La Trobe Bundoora campus, before providing feedback about the experience...


Victoria: Speed camera revenue distribution locked in under new legislation
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Victoria: Speed camera revenue distribution locked in under new legislation

New laws will lock in how revenue raised by Victorian speed cameras is used to maintain the state's roads, thanks to new legislation from the Labor Government. All money raised from speeding fines handed out by mobile and fixed cameras, along with on-the-spot police monitoring, is currently put into a 'Better Roads Victoria Fund' reserved for road upgrades...


30km/h speed limits coming to Melbourne's north
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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. The new limits, which are a first in Australia, will be applied to the residential zone bordered by Alexandra Parade, Hoddle, Johnston and Nicholson streets...


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...