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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
About your club Patron His Excellency, the Honourable Peter Underwood, AC President Stuart Slade Vice Presidents Peter Joyce, Kathryn Westwood Board Josephine Archer Ted Best AM David Catchpole Bruce Clark Peter Dixon Robin Holmes Chris Langdon Roger Locke Tony Stacey AM Chief Executive Officer Harvey Lennon Head Office 179-191 Murray Street, 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 6755 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Rd & Terry St (03) 6212 9588 Kingston, Shop 60 Channel Court (03) 6242 3200 Editor Chris Viney GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (03) 6236 4310 Fax: (03) 6234 8784 Advertising Artemis Publishing Consultants Anne Shield and Yvonne Buckley Ph: (03) 6231 6122 Fax: (03) 6231 6322 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 Journeys may be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2012 RACT Design & production: Digital Ink Printing: Hannanprint Victoria Mailhouse: D&D Mailing Services Distribution: Australia Post ISSN 0818-5549 Win for motorists – ending the confusion FatalitiesperannumFatalitiesperannum National Tasmania 1450 1400 1350 Dec-10 Dec-10 Jun-11 Jun-11 Dec-11 Dec-11 Jun-12 Jun-12 Dec-12 Dec-12 1300 1250 1200 115 0 50 45 40 35 0 5 10 15 25 30 20 Actual Actual Target Target October / November 2012 5 The RACT has given qualified support after the Tasmanian Government’s long-awaited announcement on two r ural road issues – speed limit reductions and End Speed Limit signs. The R ACT is pleased that the Government will dump the confusing End Speed Limit signs on rural roads. We have campaigned for several years to have the signs withdrawn in favour of signs that clearly state the legal speed limit on the road ahead, together with a warning that drivers should always drive to the conditions. End Speed Limit signs have been a constant source of complaint from RACT members. The signs are confusing and inexact, leav ing motorists unsure what speed is safe and legally permissible. The RACT mounted its own campaign – End the Confusion – to convince the Gover nment that the signs should be abolished. We are also pleased that the Government has drawn back from a blanket approach to rural speed limit reductions. The initial ‘one-size-fits-all ’ approach to rural speed limit reductions was strenuously opposed by the RACT. We noted that the main causes of rural road crashes were not so much exceeding the speed limit but issues such as driving without due care and attention, and the use of drugs and alcohol. “The RACT is more comfortable with the targeted approach being taken by the Gover nment to rural speed limit reductions, which is based upon safety criteria for each road,” RACT’s CEO Har vey Lennon says. “However, roads earmarked for speed limit reductions under these criteria which nevertheless are strategically-important or carry significant traffic volumes, require a commitment from the Government to invest in upgrading them so that speed limits can be increased to a safe 100 km/h within a short period of time. “In other words, speed limit reductions should be temporary until the affected roads are made safe. Mobility is an important issue in Australia’s most decentralised state in terms of work, the economy, and normal social interactivity. “The Government must recognise that mobility will be adversely impacted by its decisions to reduce speed limits on certain roads, and should therefore commit to a timetable of proper funding for road maintenance and upgradings,” Mr Lennon says. In our community
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