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Not so crash hot: NSW road toll

Posted in Traffic
Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Nearly 350 people died on the roads in NSW last year, according to preliminary 2015 traffic crash figures from Centre of Road Safety.

Drinking and driving

  • The number of drivers affected by alcohol in a fatal crash fell 22%, compared to the 2012-14 average.

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New 40kmh zones in Sydney CBD

Posted in Traffic
Monday, 15 February 2016

Regular drivers to the Sydney CBD are being forced to slow down. From April this year, 40 kmh speed limits will apply across a larger zone.

Many people in the CBD are on foot and some take unncessary risks when crossing the roads. In the past 10 years, 12 have died and more than 1,400 have been injured. (In fact, the highest increase in deaths in all of NSW was among pedestrians, up 48.7%, from 41 deaths in 2014 to 61 in 2015.)

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Australians love their SUVs

Posted in Automotive
Wednesday, 10 February 2016

During 2015, more Australians than ever went out to buy themselves a new motor vehicle. They bought 1,155,408 new passenger cars, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and commercial vehicles. This was 3.8% more than in 2014 and it broke the record set in 2013.

SUVs were so popular, sales grew 15.9% and they made up a whopping 35.4% of the market, up from 31.7% in 2014. In fact, Australians bought more SUVs than small cars, even though small cars made up four of the top 10 bestsellers.

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New laws for cyclists

Posted in Driver Courtesy
Thursday, 04 February 2016

More people are riding bikes these days and, without dedicated bike tracks, have to share the roads with motor vehicles. This can be dangerous, as an average of 11 riders are killed and 1,500 seriously injured in NSW every year.

Minimum passing distance

Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, has introduced Minimum Passing Distance legislation from 1 March 2016 to help make NSW roads safer.

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Now it’s easier to find cheaper petrol

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Thanks to action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACC), motorists will be able to find the cheapest petrol nearby in real time.

Many motorists will welcome this information, especially now that oil prices are at an 11-year low but petrol profit margins, around 15.1 cents a litre, are higher than ever. Petrol prices vary considerably between cities and regional centres and within cities too.

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