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NSW POISED TO JOIN
The NRMA has joined a global crusade to reduce the number of road fatalities,
especially those caused by drivers who are distracted by smartphones and
Every day, 3500 people are killed on the world’s roads: young people are particularly
affected as road crashes are the number one cause of death of 15 to 29 year olds.
Posters featuring musician Pharrell Williams will highlight the risks associated with
using a mobile device while driving.
NRMA Director David Bentham says that while motoring fatalities are a global
epidemic, the pain and suffering that result are also local. “Pharrell Williams’ message
is about trying to stop motorists using smartphones when behind the wheel, in
particular young drivers – and we fully support this, because we know that this
practice is killing people,” Mr Bentham says.
Local statistics from 2010–2014 on driver distraction are alarming: there were 236
crashes in NSW where driver mobile phone use was identified as a contributing factor,
resulting in seven deaths and 116 injury crashes, and more than 38,000 fines were issued
for the infringement in the past year alone. However, the NRMA is concerned that these
figures are under-reported because of the difficulty of finding evidence at crash scenes.
The new posters will appear on over 200 bus shelters across NSW and will be
supported by the social media campaign #3500LIVES.
STAR POWER DRIVES SAFETY CAMPAIGN
NSW IS SET to bring autonomous vehicles onto
its roads, with the State Government ready to
amend legislation to allow testing of connected
and autonomous vehicles.
The move will bring NSW into line with every
other mainland state, which is either hosting a trial
or has one in the works.
South Australia’s government has started a trial
of driverless shuttles at Adelaide Airport after its
pioneering tests of autonomous Volvo XC90s in
2015, while the Royal Automobile Club of WA has
operated a self-driving electric bus since August.
In December, a driverless Volvo S90 was tested
on Melbourne’s EastLink, and Transurban will run
more autonomous vehicles on Victorian roads this
year. Queensland is about to launch a four-year
trial of 500 retrofitted vehicles in Ipswich, south-
east of Brisbane.
NRMA Director Tim Trumper welcomes the
move. “Connected and driverless vehicles
represent the greatest motoring revolution since
the internal combustion engine and it’s great to
see that we’re getting serious about advancing this
technology in NSW and the ACT,” he says.
“ The next step is to overhaul legislation to
ensure our laws keep up with technology and begin
trials at selected locations.”
New technology also helps find the cheapest parking
App provides parking relief
MOTORISTS ARE INCREASINGLY putting simple
errands in the ‘too hard basket’ because they can’t
find a parking spot at their destination, according to a
recent NRMA survey.
More than four in five (85 per cent) of Sydney
motorists surveyed admitted to avoiding certain
locations for fear of not being able to find somewhere
to park. This challenge will hopefully be alleviated for
those who use the latest version of the NRMA mobile
phone app, which has launched a parking finder
feature alongside the fuel price search tab.
The app lets users search for and compare prices
between most publicly available off-street parking
stations, as well as pre-book and pay for spots through Divvy Parking,
making it easier for motorists to find convenient and reasonably priced
parking throughout Australia. The NRMA has also partnered with Sydney
Airport and Park N Fly to offer discounts to Members when they pre-book
a parking spot. In addition, the app enables motorists to find the cheapest
parking available at almost 4000 parking stations across Australia.
NRMA Director Rachel Botsman says using technology to solve
mobility problems is a clear solution. “Our ultimate goal is to help
make journeys as seamless and convenient as possible for motorists,”
Ms Botsman says.
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