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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
Patron His Excellency, The Honourable P G Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania President Roger Locke Vice Presidents Stuart Slade, Peter Joyce Board Josephine Archer, Ted Best AM, David Catchpole, Br uce Clark, Peter Dixon, Robin Holmes, Chris Langdon, Tony Stacey AM, Kathryn Westwood Group Chief Executive Greg Goodman Head Office Cnr Murray & Patrick Streets, Hobart Telephone (03) 6232 6300 Facsimile (03) 6234 8784 Branches Hobart - 1/110 Collins Street (03) 6222 9222 Launceston, Cnr York & George Sts (03) 6335 5633 Devonport, 119 Rooke St Mall (03) 6421 1933 Ulverstone, 38 Reibey Street (03) 6490 8350 Burnie, 24 North Terrace (03) 6434 2933 Rosny Park, Rosny Mall, 2 Bayfield St (03) 6212 6710 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Rd & Terry St (03) 6212 9588 Kingston, Shop 49A Channel Court (03) 6242 3208 Editor Chris Viney GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Email: motor firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (03) 6236 4310 Fax: (03) 6231 9294 Advertising The Media Centre 210 Collins Street Ph: (03) 6234 8588 Fax: (03) 6234 8301 Email: email@example.com Published bi-monthly by The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited ABN 62 009 475 861 Every effort is made to ensure the authenticity of advertisements including product testing where practicable. However, publication of an advertisement does not imply that the product or service carries the recommendations of RACT. No part of Motor News Journeys may be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2009 RACT Design & production: Digital Ink Pre-press: PMP Digital Printing: PMP Pty Ltd Mailhouse: Datasend Australia Pty Ltd Distribution: Australia Post Member of the Circulations Audit Board ISSN 0818-5549 Customer Ser vice 13 27 22 RACT ROADSIDE 13 11 11 RACT Travelworld 1300 368 111 About your club Chiefly The Midland Highway has been a major issue in the political skirmishing ahead of the March 2010 state election. Should it be a four-lane divided highway, as the Liberals argue, or a so-called 2-plus-1 solution, where the traffic flow in one direction comprises two lanes, while oncoming traffic is restricted to one lane, with this configuration changing regularly to ensure that both directions of travel have the benefit of the two lanes? Labor supports the 2-plus- 1 solution, which would be more cost-efficient, while at the same time delivering important safety benefits. The MAIB brought a Swedish road traffic engineer to Tasmania to promote the Government's case. In Sweden, the 2-plus-1 configuration uses cable barriers to separate oncoming traffic. In 1997, there were no such roads in Sweden. Now the network covers 2000 kilometres. However, at a briefing in Hobart, it was noted that Sweden's terrain is less hilly than Tasmania and the audience raised questions about the impact on traffic flow in single-lane sections of 2-plus-1 roadways, from breakdow ns, heavy freight transport and cyclists. The R ACT's view? We note that one political party is offering a 'Rolls Royce solution' to the Midland Highway, while another party is promoting a more cost- efficient approach. Our ow n view is that the 2-plus-1 vision may be a less-than- permanent solution. The Swedish experience certainly suggests that these roads are safe when divided by cable bar riers. But at the Hobart briefing we asked the question: how well will this concept serve Tasmania in the years ahead, when all the expert analysis points to much greater freight transport on our roads? Failure to plan and act 40 years ago -- when costs were much cheaper -- has given us the clogged urban roads we now experience. Let's not leave to future generations, when costs will be much higher, what we should do today. A new report has highlighted the future growth in freight around Australia. Meeting the 2050 Freight Challe nge is a discussion paper prepared by Pricewaterhouse Coopers at the request of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. This paper predicts that the freight task in 2020 will be double the 2006 level and by 2050, it will be triple its current size. Predictions such as this underline the importance of both upgrading our road infrastructure and nurturing Tasmanian rail. With hindsight in years to come, the necessity of saving the Tasmanian rail system through the enforced buy-back by the Tasmanian Government this year may well prove to have been a wise investment of ta xpayers' funds. If, for whatever reason, the rail system became uncompetitive and was not fully used as the north- south freight corridor, what would the solution be? As the Pricewaterhouse Coopers discussion paper notes, key Australian transport links are already strained as a result of inadequate infrastr ucture spending, and meeting future growth demands, while at the same time safeguarding the environment and minimising social impacts, will present an unprecedented challenge. In the context of predictions such as this, will a three-lane Midland Highway, made up of alter nating two and one-lane car riage ways, meet the challenges of the future, or is it a relatively, costly temporary reprieve, and not a long-ter m solution? ------ The Government should take note of a new report that investigated the benefits of young driver education programs, and found that young drivers have a 40% reduced risk of crash due to school driver education in schools. The George Institute for Inter national Health, based in Sydney, assessed the impact of a program called RRISK (Reduce Risk Increase Student Knowledge) on the risk of crash. RRISK is a program to address risk-taking behaviour among year 11 students on the North Coast of NSW. The George Institute found that participating young drivers had a 44% reduced risk of a car crash. The R ACT has lobbied strongly for the introduction of compulsory road safety education in our schools, and has now achieved support from the Liberals and the Greens. The Gover nment, however, is holding out for non-compulsory programs that leave it up to individual schools to implement road safety education. Read about the George Institute report at ww w.thegeorgeinstitute.org/iih/index. cfm?2E2C20A6 -DBFB -67C5-6654-DFE3E8297029 -------- Beyond the Christmas parties, the socialising, the eating, drinking and the trips away, Christmas is at its heart a family time. But for too many families, this Christmas will be a sad occasion following the trail of death and serious injury that has occur red on our roads over the last 12 months. At the R ACT, we constantly campaign for safer roads and I can only reflect with deep sor row on the empty seats at tables in many Tasmanian communities this Christmas Day. Our thoughts are with those who have been directly affected by road trauma and I urge every Tasmanian to be safe this holiday season. It only takes a second's lapse of concentration to put an end to everything. Drive attentively, please. Greg Goodman, Group Chief Executive December 09 / January 10 4
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