Next time you take a toll road in Melbourne, you could be travelling next to a self-driving vehicle. It is a new trial in Victoria, run by VicRoads, Transurban, the Victoria Police and the RACV. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo will supply the vehicles. While it sounds risky, there will be a driver with one hand on the wheel. Read more
Uber is more popular than a taxi in Perth, according to Roy Morgan research. It’s the first city in Australia where this is true. But many Uber drivers may not be complying with ridesharing legislation, introduced in July 2016. In fact, many are taking big personal risks by not being fully insured. Read more
You must have CTP insurance if you want to own and drive a vehicle in the ACT. But just because you own a vehicle does not mean you always want to drive it. Why not investigate new on-demand options for getting around?
Dangerous driving is a serious offence in Tasmania and it’s about to become a lot more serious. This is because dangerous driving will move from the Traffic Act to the Criminal Code. As a result, offenders face a trial by jury in the Supreme Court, rather than trial by magistrate only. They could end up in jail for up to 21 years. Read more
Northern Territory is the last place in Australia to make ridesharing legal. The government announced proposed regulations in April 2017. Uber was critical, saying the barriers for entry are too high for most drivers, who only work part time. Read more
A March 2017 report found Melbourne is the the third most expensive city in Australia for getting around, with yearly transport costs of $18,889. This is 14.5% of average income, compared to a national average of 13%. Considering average income rather than actual cost, Melbourne is the fourth most affordable. Read more
Many older motorists may remember the days of driveway service at their local petrol station. That was before they were called service stations, which is ironic, considering there isn’t much of that.
The ACT budget for 2017 had a few nasty surprises for motorists but could make a few campers happy. Parking fees and fines are going up but registration fees for Canberra caravans and camper trailers are going down. Read more
SA motorists who usually use an EzyReg account to do their transactions must now use mySA GOV. It’s part of the plan to put all transactions with the SA government in the same place with one login. The app will store all your information digitally and safely. Also, it will send you vehicle registration reminders so you don’t have to worry about forgetting again.
Our last Qld News, Queensland CTP scheme is under review, listed a few recommendations for change to compulsory third party (CTP). Another recommendation was to investigate new kinds of risk rating. This means insurers could charge good drivers a lower premium – or charge risky drivers higher premiums.