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OCT
30

Helmet regulations in NSW set to change

Posted in Licencing & Registration
Friday, 30 October 2015

A recent announcement from Minister for Roads Duncan Gay will come as welcome news for motorcycle riders in New South Wales. In a Transport for NSW media release, the minister explained that European standard helmets, as well as those from other countries, would soon be available for use.

A change in helmet regulations would bring NSW into the fold with other states such as Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory, states Mr Gay.

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OCT
01

NSW on track to meet NRSS road safety targets

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Thursday, 01 October 2015

Road fatalities are a tragic occurrence for those involved, affecting drivers, passengers and their loved ones. As such, there are a number of strategies in place that aim to reduce the road toll across Australia, such as the independent ANCAP ratings to inform consumers on vehicle safety.

The Australian Government's National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) is another such effort. Inaugurated in 2011, it aims to see a decrease of at least 30 per cent in national road fatalities by 2020.

Now the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) is weighing in with a state-by-state progress report on the NRSS, to see whether the country as a whole is on track to achieve its goals within the timeframe of the decade-long strategy.

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SEP
30

Is driving fatigued just as bad as driving drunk?

Posted in Licencing & Registration
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

While delayed response times, drowsiness, and general grogginess could sound like the end of a night out on the town, it could just as easily describe the symptoms for fatigue. When we aren't well rested, our bodies and minds must bear the burden, meaning that we are near-incapable of performing at our best.

As driving is an activity which requires us being alert and responsive, substances that could impair our judgement such as alcohol are restricted or prohibited, depending on a driver's age and licence. However, research has come to suggest that a lack of sleep could have just as dramatic an effect on our ability to control a vehicle as alcohol.

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SEP
30

New study examines impact of central vision loss

Posted in Licencing & Registration
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

One of the requisites for operating a vehicle, whether it's a passenger car, motorbike or freight truck, is adequate vision. Not only do we need our sight to ostensibly see where we are going, but our sight needs to have sufficient acuity to allow us to perceive and react to various hazards in time.

While for many Australian drivers, the eye test part of the licence application is a simple formality, for others it can be a barrier to their ability to operate a vehicle.

Now a new study by Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School has examined the ability of drivers with central vision loss to detect pedestrians on the road.

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SEP
18

More Councils urged to adopt NSWLLS

Posted in Automotive
Friday, 18 September 2015

In an effort to reduce wear and tear on country roads, as well as make transportation more efficient, the state government developed the NSW Livestock Loading Scheme (NSWLLS) in 2012. The Scheme also includes driver education and practical training for professional drivers, to help ensure the safety of all road users.

However, while not everyone is yet on board with the scheme, an independent review has found that the benefits to country roads as well as regional residents and workers could be great.

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