People use their phones while driving

Crazy as it may seem, people are still using their mobile phones illegally while driving. As the documentary made for Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission says, It’s People Like Us. In this case it was five young people but, in fact, NSW police say older drivers are using their phones even more. Read More

Fun with number plates

Once upon a time when travelling on a long trip with children, you might have amused them with number plates. You could look at car registration plates and try to find each letter in the alphabet, starting with “A”. Another game was to try and make six-word slogans using each letter and number on the number plate in front.

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Caravans are in demand but why such high rego?

Going away in a caravan is becoming very popular and it’s no longer just the grey nomads who are doing it. Latest figures show people 30-54, often families, are taking to the road in their caravans too. In the year to June 2016, two records were broken:

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Pricier green slips for people who drive a lot

Taxi drivers are used to paying around $7,800 for a green slip, compared to private motorists, who pay around $700. Since Uber and GoCatch entered the “point-to-point” market, private motorists pay the lower price while using their cars for ridesharing. Now there will be a new price for frequent drivers.

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Renew your licence online

It’s one of those things you’d rather not have to do, but everyone must renew their drivers licence. In the old days, you had to find the nearest registry, take a ticket and wait for your turn for a photograph and an eye test. Things have changed – now you can renew your licence online.

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Now you can be caught speeding on Facebook

Speeding is the leading cause of death on NSW roads. Now thanks to social media, other drivers can let the NSW police know when you are speeding. NSW police already use social media to broadcast messages about safe driving. But they also get feedback from the public about what they see happening on the road.

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The downside of sticker-less registration

In January 2013, the NSW government abolished registration for light vehicles, effectively 97% of vehicles then registered in NSW. Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) would save $575,000 a year spent on printing and posting them. Next Victoria abolished stickers in January 2014 and Queensland recently followed suit.

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