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Australian car sales results show positive signs

Article PhotoFor a number of months, the Australian car market has been struggling under the weight of poor consumer confidence. However, a recent announcement from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) suggests the market is beginning to move in the right direction.

Local consumers bought close to 95,000 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in September. This represents an increase of 2.5 per cent over the same period in 2013.

It is interesting to note that this is the first positive result this year and signals the start of the warmer months where consumer are usually more willing to purchase a new vehicle.

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What is the most disliked road in NSW?

If every road was a dream, then we probably would have many less road rage incidents, accidents and congestion to deal with on an everyday basis. However, in reality, this isn’t the case and there are many disliked roads that really get us down.

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Used car guide offers benefits to drivers

There are a number of considerations when you decide to trade in your old vehicle. However, possibly the biggest one is whether to invest in a second hand vehicle or a brand new one.

If you don’t have enough capital to afford a new car, then choosing a used car is your option.

To assist in this process, the NSW government has announced the release of the latest used car safety guide. The aim of the guide is to provide buyers with sufficient advice to make good decisions about an older vehicle. There are some misconceptions about second hand cars, but careful investigation should point you in the right direction.

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New Sydney CBD speed limit zone to be introduced

The NSW government is implementing a new 40kmh limit speed zone in the Sydney CBD, to take effect from 27 September 2014. This will see the current speed limit drop by 10kmh in a zone bound by Castlereagh Street to the east, Kent Street to the west and Hay Street to the south. To the north, the new zone will connect to the existing 40 kmh zone in The Rocks.

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Truck compliance operation finds multiple issues

Truck safety is one of the most important aspects of the transport industry. With NSW roads carrying more than 60 per cent of the nation’s freight, road users can be affected if operators take risks.

To address this issue, authorities conduct regular campaigns targeting both unsafe and illegal behaviour.

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Australian car sales figures hit a rough patch

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

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

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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Secondhand vehicles from overseas – not well received

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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