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MAY
27

New 40km/h speed limit zone announced for Sydney CBD.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay yesterday announced a new speed zone for the Sydney CBD, reducing the speed limit to 40km/h.

"The new 40km/h limit zone will be introduced by the end of this year and will operate in the area bounded by Hay, Kent, Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, and will connect with the current 40km/h area in The Rocks north of the CBD."

Minister Gay cited several facts as the basis for the decision:

  1. Between 2008 and 2014, there were 7 pedestrians killed in the CBD, including 3 just this year;
  2. More than 90% of trips made every day in the CBD are made on foot;
  3. A vehicle that hits a pedestrian at 50km/h is twice as likely to cause a fatality as the same vehicle travelling at 40km/h;
  4. A driver travelling at 40km/h also has a greater opportunity to avoid a crash and any impact will be less severe.

Minister Gay noted that pedestrians need to play their part in improving road safety in the CBD.

"Pedestrians should always cross at the lights, obey traffic signals, look both ways before they cross and stay alert by not getting distracted by phones or music" Mr Gay said.

In addition to fining drivers for breaking the new speed limit, we hope that police target pedestrians and cyclists for dangerous and irresponsible behavior.

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MAY
22

NSW Pink Slip and Licence Changes Announced

Thursday, 22 May 2014

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay yesterday announced changes to pink slips and licence renewals.

The changes are as follows:
1. Starting from January 2015, pink slips will be valid for six months, rather than six weeks as is currently the case; and
2. By the first quarter of 2015, licence holders between the ages of 21 and 44 will be given the option of a ten year driving licence.

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MAR
04

Lane Filtering for Motorbike Riders

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Duncan Gay, Minister for Roads and Ports has announced that the NSW Government is going to introduce new legislation to allow lane filtering for motorbike riders.

The new law is expected to come into effect from 1 July 2014.

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OCT
17

Mobile Website

Thursday, 17 October 2013

We have just launched a new version of our website, designed specifically for use on smartphones.

A lot of our visitors want to be able to check greenslip prices on the go. Now, you can do it. You can compare greenslip prices when you are on the train or bus, standing in the queue at the RTA, or anywhere you like.

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AUG
19

CTP Green Slip Reforms Abandoned

Monday, 19 August 2013

The NSW Government has announced today (19 August 2013) that it is withdrawing legislation for reform of the CTP greenslip scheme in NSW.

By withdrawing the legislation, the Government is effectively abandoning the current plan for reform of the scheme.

Andrew Constance, Minister for Finance and Services blamed the fact that Labor and the Greens would not support the legislation in the Upper House.

Minister Constance said “There is no doubt the current CTP scheme is broken and its disappointing Labor and the Greens would rather work against the Government than co-operate to reach a solution”.

The Government has been under pressure to stop ongoing increases in greenslip prices. Minister Constance argues that “the NSW Government’s legislation was designed to make the CTP scheme more affordable for motorists and fairer for accident victims”.

The Government has cited estimates by Ernst & Young* as evidence that prices would have decreased under the proposed new scheme, however there is concern that accident victims would have paid the price.

Ernst & Young estimated that average car greenslip prices in 2014 (excl GST) would have decreased by $97.00 from $571.00 under the current scheme to $474.00 under the proposed scheme. Ernst & Young also estimated that without reform, the current scheme cost will increase by about 10% in 2014.

Whilst benefits would be paid sooner, Lawyers and victims groups have argued that under the proposed scheme victims would have been disadvantaged by reduced legal representation and reduced compensation.

The next step for the Government is not clear. The status quo will likely result in higher greenslip prices. Higher greenslip prices will result in even greater pressure on the Government.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

*Ernst & Young, “Estimated Cost Per Policy of the Proposed NSW Green Slip Scheme”, 29 July 2013.

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