Licencing & Registration
|Monday, 04 November 2013|
Have you worked out how much you are paying in tolls on a daily, monthly or annual basis?
If you drive to work in Sydney it is highly likely you will be hit with a toll somewhere in your trip. Some drivers can pay up to 5 or 6 tolls in a return trip to work each day. The impost would be even higher for professional drivers such as couriers, taxi drivers and truck drivers.
As an example, a drive from Campbelltown or Liverpool to the city and return in a passenger car can cost as much as $24.47 per day. That is $489.40 per month or $5,872.80 per year.
If you drive from Liverpool to the city, there is the M5 ($4.40), Eastern Distributor ($6.17) and the Cross City Tunnel ($4.95). On the way home, there is the Cross City Tunnel and the M5 again. Luckily, the Eastern Distributor only charges for north bound journeys.
The trap is that you pay each toll by way of draw down of funds from your account. It is easy to overlook the total cost.
How much do you pay in tolls?
|Thursday, 03 October 2013|
Do not forget that double demerits apply this weekend.
Double demerits apply from midnight on Thursday 3 October 2013 until midnight on Monday 7 October 2013.
Double demerits apply to speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.
Double demerits can quickly add up to the allowed maximum of 13 points for most fully licenced drivers.
For example, a driver not wearing a seatbelt will accumulate 6 points this weekend. If the driver also has one passenger not wearing a seatbelt 12 points will be accumulated and if there are two passengers in addition to the driver not wearing a seatbelt, 18 points will be accumulated, resulting in the loss of the driver's licence.
Exceeding the speed limit by 10 to 20 km/h will result in 6 demerit points for a driver on a full licence.
Drive carefully and enjoy the weekend.
|Thursday, 11 April 2013|
From 1 June 2013 the RMS is applying a matching fee for drivers using the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Tunnel without their tag in the vehicle.
The matching fee will be $0.55 and is applied as a charge for matching a photo of the vehicle number plate to the RMS E-Toll account.
The RMS is encouraging customers to get additional tags and is offering two additional tags free of charge until the end of May 2013. Additional tags normally cost $40.00 each.
All other NSW toll operators already charge a matching fee.
If you have not already done so, be sure to contact the RMS before 1 June 2013.
|Wednesday, 13 March 2013|
The NSW Government announced yesterday more changes to the logbook driving hours requirement for learner licences.
Learners who participate in a new Safer Driving Course will be able to reduce their compulsory supervised driving hours from 120 hours to 100 hours.
The reduction of 20 hours is in addition to the 20 hour reduction already available for having 10 hours of professional lessons.
In total, learners will be able to reduce their compulsory supervised driving hours from 120 down to 80 if they participate in the new Safer Driving Course and also have 10 hours of professional lessons.
The new Safer Driving Course will involve both theoretical and practical training and has been developed in consultation with safety and industry experts.
The government also announced that from 1 July 2013, learners will be allowed to travel at 90km/h, instead of the current 80km/h.
The final aspect of the announcement is that restricted provisional drivers licences are being tested in three remote communities in northern NSW.
The restricted provisional licences are designed to assist young drivers from remote, lower socio-economic and Aboriginal communities satisfy the requirements to get their P-plates.
Under 25 year olds from those remote communities will be eligible for the restricted provisional drivers licence if they have completed 50 supervised driving hours and have passed the driving test. They will only be able to use the restricted provisional licence to drive to work, education and medical appointments.
|Friday, 15 February 2013|
Transport for NSW has published information on the top 10 misunderstood road rules in NSW.
There are no surprises.
Misunderstood road rules include those associated with roundabouts, use of mobile phones, merging, keeping left, u-turns and yellow traffic lights.
The information is worth looking at, even as a refresher to make sure that your understanding of the road rules is up to date.
The information is available here.
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