While some of 2015’s vehicles might not be on sale yet, they are under the microscope of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The crash-test authority has carried out trials on more than 500 vehicle models over the past 20 years to gauge how safe they are for the Australian public.
Operation Drink Drive 2 was conducted in early November, with authorities stopping and breath-testing drivers on NSW’s major highways as well as suburban and country roads. This year saw the operation open its net wider to test more motorists across a larger catchment area.
For those considering a new car, the recently announced winners of Australia’s Best Cars awards might help with the decision.
As a result of driver behaviour, the NSW government has announced a tough approach to crackdown on this conduct.
New month, new penalty
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.
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.
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.
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.
This has lead Transport for NSW and the NSW police to launch another crackdown on level crossing safety. Over the coming weeks, they will target risky, illegal and dangerous level crossing behaviour around the state’s Central West.