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Journeys : Feb March 2011
40 February / March 2011 Life on the move Insurance matters A regular column from RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers Living on an island, Tasmanians tend to travel more than most other Australians, whether it is to visit family and fr iends interstate, go to the football, take in a stage show or get some sunshine during the Tasmanian w inter. Travelling often can mean more frequent claims for personal items such as spectacles and handbags lost or stolen while travelling interstate. RACT Insurance is a locally-owned and operated insurer. With the sometimes unique needs of Tasmanians in mind, we’re well placed to craft policies that take account of Tasmanians’ needs. From product development to our claims response, it’s all a local undertaking. When a policy holder calls from interstate to say they’ve lost their glasses or had a handbag stolen somewhere between Sydney Airport and their daughter’s home at Parramatta, we know the importance of settling the claim promptly and getting the items replaced quickly. It’s the same with car insurance. We have uniquely local insights into the needs of Tasmanians and we take them into account from policy development, right through to handling the claims process. After all, we live in Australia’s most decentralised state and public transport may not always meet our needs. So we know that mobility in our own cars can be more important to Tasmanians than for others who might live in a major capital city, with a convenient choice of rail, trams or buses to transport them. We think it’s impor tant to have local people, developing local insurance policies, with local claims support. That’s R ACT Insurance, here to help you when you need it most. PANEL BEATING SPRAY PAINTING Two pack spray and bake booth CHASSIS WORK Measure and alignment system from Finland MINTYS BODYWORKS 107 Mornington Road Mornington Telephone 6244 4732 Facsimile 6244 3845 From 1 January 2011 when new vehicles are first registered in Victoria, they must be fitted with electronic stability control. This applies to all passenger cars, off-road passenger vehicles and passenger vans with a compliance/identification plate that has a date of January 2011 or later. If you are transferring your vehicle registration to Victoria these changes may affect you. From 1 January 2011, to be eligible for registration in Victoria, your car must either: have electronic stability control fitted; or if electronic stability control is not fitted, your car must have been registered for more than 12 months in another state or territory. Electronic stability control helps the driver to keep control of their car when they skid, swerve suddenly, or when road conditions change. It reduces the risk of single car crashes by: correcting over or under steering stabilising the car during sudden movements (e.g. swerving) improving the car’s handling on gravel or unmade roads (e.g. road shoulders) improving traction on slippery or icy roads. Electronic stability control is internationally recognised as being highly effective in reducing loss-of-control crashes. Australian data shows that electronic stability control is effective in reducing single vehicle crashes by more than 29 per cent. More information For more information about how to comply with Victorian registration requirements, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au/NewToVictoria keeping victorians connected Electronic stability control for new vehicles in Victoria CRN1118_x2_TAS_R. pdf Page 1 11/ 11/ 10, 2: 12 PM
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