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Journeys : Feb March 2010
Five-star safety for motorists The safety of vehicles on the Australian market continues to improve, with a record number of 5-star new car safety ratings released by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program. Darren Moody, R ACT General Manager, Roadside and Technical Ser vices, says the 5-star ratings cover nine vehicles crash tested by ANCAP -- of which the R ACT is a foundation member -- and from data provided by complementary overseas crash testing programs. ANCAP announced the top occupant protection ratings for the Toyota Aurion, Holden Statesman and Commodore (all models built from August 2009), Subaru Outback, Subar u Liberty, Alfa Romeo Mito Hatch, Peugeot 308CC sports, Mercedes-Ben z Viano and Australia's first 5-star light commercial van, the Mercedes-Benz Vito (when equipped with optional side curtain airbags). "New car buyers have an increasing number of 5-star vehicles to choose from across a range of price brackets and with the Vito rating, companies and fleet managers now had a top 5-star rating available in all vehicle categories except utilities," Mr Moody says. The Australian-built Toyota Aurion and Holden Commodore, Statesman and Caprice models now have the front passenger seat belt reminders that make them eligible for a 5-star rating. The RACT welcomes the first 5-star rating for the Australian-made Aurion. The Holden models join the Commodore Omega that earned a 5-star rating from ANCAP last year. Alongside these vehicles, we also congratulate Subaru for maintaining its industry-leading 5-star fleet with the new Liberty and Outback maintaining their top ratings. "We're now seeing life-saving safety features that used to be the preser ve of luxury vehicles available in small and medium categories as well as offering professional drivers a 5-star van as their daily workplace," Darren Moody says. Cool, Daddy -- see Ross Wilson in concert RACT Travelworld and R ACT Insurance are again pleased to be helping to spon sor the annual Petr usma Customer Appreciation Concert -- we have 40 tickets for this big event to give away. You can enter online or by mail -- check the details below. This year's star performer is Australian singer-songwriter Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool and Eagle Rock fame. He'll be supported by comedian and acrobat James Lamont. The venue is Wrest Point Convention Centre and the concert dates are Thursday 4 March, Friday 5 March and Saturday 6 March. To go in the draw, either enter online at w w w.ract.com.au (follow the link to Petr usma Concert) OR w rite your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Petr usm a Concert, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Online and postal entries close on Friday 19 Febr uary, to give us time to notify winners. RACT lobbying success for more high-visibility police vehicles Just before Christmas, Tasm ania's Police Minister Jim Cox announced that a further six high-visibility police vehicles would now be on patrol. This brings to 10 the number of specially-m arked vehicles deployed across the state to provide a highly-visible deterrent to inappropriate driver behaviour. This follows strong lobbying from the R ACT over some time for greater investment in high-visibility police vehicles. Our submission to the 2010-11 State Budget states: "Four high- visibility police patrol cars for the whole of Tasmania is nowhere near enough and could be seen as almost tokenistic ... all anecdotal evidence shows that their presence has a positive effect on driver behaviour." The R ACT had called for at least eight more high-visibility vehicles to be on the road by the end of calendar year 2010, along with a sur vey to measure their effect. The submission can be read in full at http://www.ract.com.au/news_and_issues/news_archives/ news/19412 Minister Cox said that the gover nment had been impressed with the response from both the community and operational police to the trial of the high-visibility police vehicles, four of which were introduced in June 2009. He said that the new vehicles would be deployed to Kempton, Campbell Tow n, Deloraine, George Tow n, Latrobe and Wynyard. It was also announced that a number of police vehicles were commencing a trial of in-vehicle mobile data technology, a measure that had been flagged in the 2009 State Budget. Recently, Tasmania Police officers using a new mobile data terminal checked the details of a car next to them at the traffic lights. The vehicle was found to be unregistered and when officers found the driver was driving while disqualified they clamped the vehicle. After making further queries via the ter minal, the vehicle was searched and dr ugs and money were found. The RACT strongly supports the use of technology such as this to increase road safety in Tasmania. In our community Clip, keep and call! A member contacted us to suggest that we print the phone numbers you can use to report litterbugs and dangerous drivers, so they can be kept handy in the glovebox. Here they are -- and we'd also suggest it's a good idea to save them in your mobile's list of contacts. Litter Hotline 1300 135 513 Dangerous Driver Hotline 131 444 Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 11 February / March 10
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