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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
18 December 2010 / January 2011 Life on the move More than 80 young Tasmanians participated in the Youth Forum on Transport in Launceston recently. Nick McKim, the Minister for Sustainable Transport and Alternative Energy opened the forum, and Michael O’Meara from MoHow Consultancy facilitated the session. Industry representatives from transport- related organisations such as Metro Tasmania, the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources and Tasmania Police took time away from their usual jobs to add insight and expertise to the discussions. Vince Taskunas, the RACT’s General Manager Public Policy and Communications, also took par t and the R ACT supported the forum by assisting with transport costs. The reaction and feedback from many of the participants was positive and many diverse, interesting and valuable ideas were captured throughout the course of the day. There were discussions with respect to disabled access and public transport, the prospect of a ferry service along the Derwent, increased use of railways in Tasmania, and ideas for greater and more relevant rural transport options. The participants also raised concerns about the current RACT supports statewide youth transport forum Young people from across Tasmania attended the forum, which was supported by RACT state of public transport, as well as issues such as learner driver requirements and driver safety. A communiqué for the event is currently being produced, detailing the most popular ideas generated at the forum, and is set to be released soon. Already there has been interest from the industr y groups present at the for um. More information about the transport forum and other issues concerning Tasmanian young people can be found at the Youth Network of Tasmania’s website www.ynot.org.au Roadside car sales Following complaints from members, the RACT has raised the question of roadside vehicle sales, particularly about safety issues for motorists and pedestrians at a large site on the Tasman Highway. In response to our concerns, DIER has written to us advising that the Department is also extremely conscious of the traffic and safety issues associated with roadside sale areas. DIER advised that when brought to its attention, problem areas were investigated and assessed to determine if a hazard existed. They told us these investigations have resulted in action being taken at numerous locations around the State to control the use of roadside parking areas with the erection of physical barriers and signage. The Department says that it will now investigate the Tasman Highway site that was the subject of a number of complaints to the RACT, and decide what action to take. ANCAP – testing vehicles for pedestrian safety, too Manufacturers have made substantial changes in recent years to the structural design of vehicles to make them safer in the event of pedestrian collision. An example of this is the inclusion of impact-absorbing crumple zones (top centre), as a response to the Impact Laboratory’s research results. The influence of vehicle design on pedestrian injury in a collision is significant. Recently, the R ACT visited Adelaide University’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) vehicle testing facility in Keswick. The C ASR Impact Laboratory is purpose-built to assess the danger posed by the front of a vehicle to a pedestrian. Engineered ‘s ub-system impactors’ are used, representing different regions of the body: the head of an adult and a child, and the upper leg and lower leg/knee areas. ANCAP – the Australasian New Car Assessment Program – has used the Impact Laboratory to conduct new vehicle pedestrian tests for over ten years, with over sixty cars tested for the program. For more infor mation, go to http://casr.adelaide.edu.au /impactlab ANCAP’s website has been recently upgraded, w ith simplified infor mation on star-ratings, as well as a more sophisticated search tool. The R ACT strongly recommends that new vehicle buyers explore the website before making a final purchasing decision. See w w w.ancap.com.au
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011