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Double demerits reminder

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Double demerit points for some motoring offences will apply again this Christmas and New Year period.

From December 24 to January 3, any speeding, seatbelts and motorbike helmet offences will cost you double demerit points.

Remember drivers who use their mobile phones while driving during the period will now lose double demerit points as well.

So focus on the road this Christmas and enjoy your holidays.


Double demerits extended to mobile phone use

Wednesday, 02 December 2015

As you pack up the car for a holiday this Christmas and look forward to a break away from it all, remember you are 20 times more likely to crash if you text while driving. It’s a sobering statistic – and statistics are based on the experiences of ordinary people.

This is why, for the first time, the NSW Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, is doubling demerit points for drivers who use their phones during the Christmas period from December 24 to January 3. It sounds tough, but as Minister Gay says:

“If I saved your life, I’ve done you a favour.”

Read more: Double demerits extended to mobile phone use


Helmet regulations in NSW set to change

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.

Read more: Helmet regulations in NSW set to change


Is driving fatigued just as bad as driving drunk?

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.

Read more: Is driving fatigued just as bad as driving drunk?


New study examines impact of central vision loss

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.

Read more: New study examines impact of central vision loss


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