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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Life on the move *Conditions apply Keeping you in the home you love Stannah Stairlift free home assessment Inside for straight or turning stairways... .. .or outside for straight stairways www.prking.com.au BLD LIC No 22942 Call Michael on 9748 3488 for your free brochure 19205_PR King Journey Mag Ad_2.indd 1 16/02/11 10:26 AM RACT Committees put local issues under microscope Local road safety and traffic issues were discussed at recent RACT Regional Advisory Committees in Hobart, Launceston, and Ulverstone. A joint meeting of the three Committees will be held in Hobart in November. Southern Committee: North-Western Committee A meeting held in Ulverstone was attended by DIER’s GM Roads and Traffic, Peter Todd, Bur nie Division Transport inspector Andrew Gates, and local parliamentarian Hon Sue Smith MLC. The Bass Highway audible line markings project is well under way and installation should commence this summer. Mr Todd tabled copies of the Community and West Coast Roads Program, with details of planning and constr uction timelines. Mr Gates answered question regarding the role of Transport Inspectors, noting that the major ity of their work involved heavy vehicle compliance. The Committee discussed the need to reactivate a campaign on spray protection from heavy vehicles on wet roads. Mrs Smith reported that the Legislative Council Select Committee on Road Safety had been tabled and while the Government had responded, it was not obliged to adopt the recommendations. Members also highlighted the continued dangers of too many accesses on the Bass Highway at Wynyard; and the need to add Illawarra Road to the National Transport Network. Northern Committee The Committee will be undertaking a fact-finding bus tour to inspect a number of areas of concer n across the region. One location causing some community disquiet is the West Tamar Highway near Brady’s Lookout Rd, where there is ver y poor road surface quality. A speed limit reduction has been suggested with programmed works some years away. It is the Committee’s view that speed limit reduction should not be viewed as an appropriate road safety alternative to long-ter m infrastr ucture planning or short-ter m maintenance. Other issues discussed included the potential need for a clear way on Bathurst Street dur ing peak hours, bicycle lane markings standards across the state, the early deter ioration of some road sealing works such as at the Ross Bypass on the Midland Highway, and the difficulties faced by many novice drivers in attaining 50 hours of superv ised driving whilst learning, and how RACT members may be able to help. More on this topic www.transpor t.tas.gov.au/safety/mentor Southern Committee The Committee discussed the controversial view held by some engineers that shr ubbery or mounds in the centre of roundabouts ensured motor ists focused on the immediate environment, rather than glancing across the roundabout and looking for opportunities to enter the space w ithout slow ing down enough. Most members continue to find this counter-intuitive to better safety at roundabouts. R ACT has wr itten to Infrastructure Minister David O’By rne with persistent concerns about the Mornington Roundabout, asking whether its operations have been reviewed since changes were made to lane markings and signage. Other issues discussed included safety improvements at the Huon Highway/Sandfly Road junction and the recent implementation of the 50km/h speed limit reduction in Hobart’s CBD. RACT’s Regional Advisory Committees continue to maintain good relations with DIER. Pictured (left) DIER’s General Manager Roads and Traffic Peter Todd addressing a recent Northern committee meeting, with committee member Inspector Michael Johnston At RACT Health Insurance, we believe in giving you affordable cover you can understand. Choose from any of our four hospital and four extras covers, ranging from basic for young singles to comprehensive for growing families. Talk to RACT Health Insurance today about our special offer. It’s just what you’d expect from the RACT. To join^ call 13 27 22, visit ract.com.au/healthinsurance or drop into your local branch. can understand Choose from any of our four hospitit lal and ract.com.au/healthinsurance 13 27 22 ^Available to new and existing RACT members only. RACT Health Insurance is brought to you by GMHBA Limited. 6636_275x200_Heal t h. pdf Page 1 6/ 07/ 11, 9: 50 AM October / November 2011 25
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