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Government to target drivers using disabled parking spaces illegally

Posted in Traffic
Thursday, 11 December 2014

Article PhotoAs demand for parking spaces increases, NSW authorities are seeing a rise in motorists using disabled car parking spaces illegally.

As a result of driver behaviour, the NSW government has announced a tough approach to crackdown on this conduct.

New month, new penalty

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Operation Shield illustrates heavy vehicle highs and lows

Posted in Licencing & Registration
Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Article PhotoThere is no doubt that the freight industry is one of the most important sectors for NSW.

It is vital for truck operators and drivers to ensure their vehicles are safe and compliant and that the green slip and registration is up to date.

For all the benefits that this industry brings to NSW, there are also a number of road-related issues. It is important for the government and police to be vigilant to ensure the safety of all road users.

The latest example of this has recently wrapped up - Operation Shield. The collaboration between Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce Officers from the NSW Police Force Traffic & Highway Patrol Command and Maritime Services Inspectors saw heavy vehicles checked at 15 locations across the state during the first week of December.

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Drug driving a major issue for NSW authorities

Posted in Licencing & Registration
Friday, 05 December 2014

Article PhotoOver the past few years, NSW authorities have had a major focus on drink driving. However, a new threat has emerged that will need serious attention in the years ahead - drug driving.

It is important to remember that your CTP insurance will cover you if you were in an incident with a drug driver, but the circumstances are less clear if you are the party in the wrong.

Drug driving involves motorists driving after taking one of the following substances: cannabis, methamphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine or an overdose of individual prescription medicines. However, many drivers have a combination of two or more in their system.

Authorities are encountering more drivers who are under the influence and are a danger to other road users.

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Fuel cheaper south of the border

Posted in Automotive
Thursday, 04 December 2014

Article PhotoThis year's State of Origin victory against the Maroons finally stopped an eight-year winning streak.

While that win will live long in the memory, a second State of Origin victory has recently slipped somewhat under the radar.

Petrol 'State of Origin'

Over the past 12 months, the National Roads & Motorists' Association and the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland have been carefully recording petrol prices in every town in the two states.

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ANCAP to introduce new crash test regime

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Friday, 28 November 2014

Article PhotoNew and emerging car technology is both exciting and scary at the same time. As we depend more on vehicles to protect us in the event of an accident, we also release further control and become more removed from the driving experience.

Although driverless vehicles are some way off, safety technology is a growing presence in nearly all new vehicles and something that most of us take for granted.

However, there is one organisation that doesn't take safety technology lightly - the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Over 20 years, the crash test authority has investigated the quality of safety technology in more than 400 vehicles - awarding the five-star safety ratings to the top performers.

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