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Journeys : October November 2009
Thanks to the latest technology used to detect unregistered or uninsured vehicles on Tasmanian roads, there is one simple message -- drive unregistered and you're likely to be caught! Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) involves a camera linked to a computer with specialist technology. As vehicles drive past the camera, registration plate characters are automatically viewed and compared with a database of vehicles of interest, which includes unregistered, stolen and written-off vehicles; those with defect notices and vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers. Vehicle alerts are provided instantly to the camera operator. When introduced by the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources in 2003, Tasmania was the only registration authority in Australia using ANPR technology. Recent updates of the system allow more user-friendly on-road applications for the operator and also much improved data collection to assist in recording statistical information. The new technology can be operated in both stationary and mobile environments. It can read multiple lanes and vehicles travelling in either direction and is able to operate in rainy or dark conditions. Drive unregistered and you're likely to be caught Results collected recently from over 96,600 vehicle captures have show n a total of 0.84% being detected unregistered. Unregistered and uninsured vehicles result in a loss of revenue to the State Gover nment, create problems for enforcement agencies and expose drivers to a significant liability for personal medical expenses and ongoing care costs in the event of a crash. R ACT supports initiatives such as ANPR that use cur rent technology in an effective way to help make our roads safer. It was a great day for over 30 volunteers who tur ned up to the Plenty River in the Der went Valley in August to plant trees, shrubs and grasses for National Tree Day. Greening Australia volunteers planted more than 500 native species to stabilise the riverbanks and provide important habitat for local fish and birds as well as the famous resident platypus population. Anna Atherton-Griggs, Greening Australia's River Recovery officer, said planting native vegetation on a riverbank is a key priority to establishing a healthy river. "The plants protect river banks from erosion and act as a filter for nutrients and sediments that make their way through the catchment and into the river," she says. "The Plenty River is important because people use the water for irrigation and stock but also for drinking and domestic use. The river is also a significant tributary of the Derwent River and lies just up stream of greater Hobart's water intake point at Bryn Estyn." The Salmon Ponds, Inland Fisheries Ser vice, Souther n Water and Der went Valley Council are leading a push with Greening Australia for the whole of the river to be restored, with the collaboration of other major landholders. Tree planters will also be able to visit the site over the coming years to check the progress of their plants. If you would like to be a Greening Australia volunteer for next year's tree planting day, call 6223 6377 or send an email to email@example.com Tree planting on the Plenty River Kettering precinct study RACT members on our Souther n Regional Advisory Committee have regularly raised safety issues concerning the Br uny Island Ferry Ter minal road (Ferry Road) and associated infrastr ucture needs in the area. The R ACT has regularly advocated for a proper examination of these issues as a priority. We welcome the recent announcement by the Minister for Infrastr ucture, Graeme Sturges, and the Mayor of Kingborough, Dr Graham Bury, of a study of the Kettering precinct as a step closer to resolving these issues. These include the need to replace the out- dated sewage treatment plant at Ferry Road, safely catering for extra traffic volumes using Fer ry Road, especially during peak periods and the enhancement of the Little Oyster Cove area. Mayor Bury said the study would enable all parties to develop a clear plan for the Kettering precinct, which is a key access point to Br uny Island. "The precinct plan will provide a guide as to how this area will be developed and ser viced in coming years so that it meets the needs of the ferry ser vice, commercial developments, the local community and tourism facilities," Dr Bury said. The R ACT will be monitoring these developments closely and have asked the Department of Infrastructure to keep us updated on progress. Transport Inspector Mark Kramer fits the ANPR camera to the rear window of his vehicle In our community 9 October / November 09
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