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The main concern our Members raise regularly with the NRMA
is the cost of petrol – and who could blame them? For a family
living in north-west and western Sydney, fuel is the third
highest weekly transport cost on the family budget, behind
car repayments and tolls.
For years the NRMA has been fighting to get a fairer deal for
our Members on petrol prices and I have given countless updates
on this in my columns. That’s why I am so pleased to report
to you on the NSW Government’s introduction of new petrol
reforms, and the NRMA’s excellent smartphone app with real-
time fuel prices (see page 15).
It’s worth noting the NSW Government has led the way with
these reforms, forcing all service stations across the state to
report their prices in real-time. It boggles the mind that other
states have not followed.
This data has been made available to the NRMA and the new
fuel feature on the NRMA app is a game changer. For the first
time ever, motorists will be able to find the cheapest fuel locally
to fill up and, just as importantly, identify and avoid the most
expensive service stations.
Every family wants to save money on the weekly budget and
regular users of the app can save more than $500 a year on their
fuel bill – and that’s a conservative figure.
Not one of the 20 cheapest service stations in Sydney –
identified in an NRMA report – are located in our region of Howe,
which makes this app even more important. Every motorist now
has the same information on petrol that the oil companies had
been sharing among themselves. You now have real buying power
and, as more people use the app to make informed decisions
about where to fill up, local service stations will have no choice
but to compete harder for your business.
The petrol industry desperately needed more competition and
greater transparency. We now have both. Go to the App Store
today and download the NRMA app because, at the NRMA, we
firmly believe that money belongs in your pocket.
WHAT THE NRMA FUEL APP MEANS FOR YOU
CORAL TAYLOR Director
Sydney North and North-West (Howe Region)
Accelerating into the future
and the NRMA is
well positioned to
of these new
THE NRMA IS PROUD of its history,
but a key component of our ongoing
success has been a desire to embrace
the future. Our quest to make roads
safer technologically goes back to
our earliest campaigns for traffic
lights – or ‘highway lighthouses’ as we
called them in 1925.
We’ve since championed many
other critical innovations over the
decades, most notably seatbelts and
random breath testing. That mission
continues today, with autonomous
vehicles and smart technologies
emerging as the next step in our
journey to a secure motoring future.
To understand this exciting new
world, I led a small NRMA delegation
to the US, where we visited
technology industry leaders in San
Francisco and Silicon Valley. Google
and Apple might be best known for
searching the internet or designing
mobile phones, but they are also
leaders in developing driverless cars.
To actually see these vehicles in
action is extraordinary; it makes you
realise that it’s not science fiction but
a real look at a near (and safer)
future. Tesla is already selling cars
here and, while they’re not completely
self-driving yet, the advances they’ve
made in electric power and general
design are eye-opening.
In one way, this represents a new
strategic direction for the NRMA –
one that focuses on the future of
mobility being safer and more
efficient. But it also continues our
long quest to get the best possible
outcomes for our Members.
It is for these reasons that I take
great pleasure in announcing the
appointment of Rachel Botsman as the
first independent Director on the
NRMA Board. Rachel is extraordinarily
accomplished: she has worked for the
Clinton Foundation and is a graduate
of both Harvard and Oxford, where she
created and taught the world’s first
MBA on ‘collaborative consumption’.
It is in this field – also known as the
shared economy – that she will help
and advise the NRMA on how to
contribute to a world where goods
and services are borrowed or rented
more often than they are bought.
Picture a future where you can ride
in a self-driving car you have acquired
only for as long as you need it and
park it in a privately-owned space that
you found and rented online.
This is only the start of the benefits
the NRMA can bring our Members and
we’re fortunate to have Rachel help
us realise our potential in this area.
KYLE LOADES President
Google’s self-driving car.
31/08/2016 1:50 pm
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