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Australian car sales figures hit a rough patch

Posted in Automotive
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

The Australian car market has hit choppy waters after the release of last month's numbers.

According to statistics released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), new car sales decreased 5.5 per cent in August 2014, compared to the same period last year. Just 88,157 new cars were sold - down from 93,336 in 2013.

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Fixing country roads high on NSW agenda

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Monday, 08 September 2014

Article PhotoRoad users in regional and rural NSW understand the frustrations and inadequacies of country roads.

The latest example of NSW Government's Fixing Country Roads program was completed when Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant this week opened the upgraded intersections on Derribong Street in Narromine.

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A focus on driver distractions

Posted in Traffic
Thursday, 04 September 2014

NSW's "Get Your Hand Off It" mobile phone distraction campaign, in operation since June 2013, has already been credited with preventing many accidents. However, some powerful sporting stars have thrown their weight towards the campaign to give it another boost.

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Second hand vehicles from overseas - not well received

Posted in Automotive
Monday, 01 September 2014

Recent statistics indicate that the Australian car market is one of the most competitive in the world and is beginning to pick up after a number of slow months.

The Productivity Commission's final report for its Inquiry into Australia's Automotive Manufacturing Industry has been released. In the report, the commission said relaxing the restrictions on imported second-hand vehicles into the country would have a number of benefits to consumers including lower prices, improved features and greater choice.

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Common sense sought by authorities

Posted in Licencing & Registration
Thursday, 28 August 2014

For a number of years, some of NSW's road rules have been behind the rest of Australia. Whether through the inconsistencies of previous governments or other states improving their legislation ahead of NSW, some motorists have found themselves on the wrong side of law simply because they have crossed the border.

From 1 September, however, 15 minor amendments will come into force and there will be greater consistency between all the Australian states and territories. Many of the amendments have been described as common sense as in the past there have been small loopholes in the system.

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