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Journeys : Dec 2012 Jan 2013
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 Har vey 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: email@example.com Ph: (03) 6236 4310 Fa x: (03) 6234 8784 Advertising Artemis Publishing Consultants Anne Shield and Yvonne Buckley Ph: (03) 6231 6122 Fa x: (03) 6231 6322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ser vice 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 UN Decade of Action -- RACT responds A s members would be aware, the R ACT regularly conducts programs of free child restraint information sessions and free car safety checks around the state. Both these programs regularly reveal substantial public non-compliance in ter m s of the fitment of child restraints and the type of restraints used. They also identify situations where seat belts are not working optimally and require repairs and replacement. As part of the R ACT's contribution to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, the club is focusing on the potential to save lives through education about child restraints and seat belts and by continuing to conduct free safety sessions and child restraint information events where the club's technicians provide advice and practical help to correct the mistakes that so many Tasmanian parents make. See page 7 for the public health reasons behind our Decade of Action project. Public transport in Tasmania On public transport, the sur vey found that Tasmanian s recorded the lowest sur vey response in terms of public transport use, with 42% of respondents saying they never or almost never used buses, compared to a national response of 31%. The R ACT has argued for some years that Tasmanians need more mobility choices, and that the bus ser vices which represent our sole means of public transport may not be currently relevant to the everyday mobility needs of many Tasmanians. There is a real need to develop a modern public transport system in Tasmania that responds to moder n mobility needs. This survey finding echoes another sur vey conducted by DIER in 2008-2009, which showed that in the Greater Hobart area, 75% of all trips were undertaken by car. Walking accounted for 20% of all weekday trips, while only 4% of trips were undertaken by public transport. Cycling accounted for less than 1% of trips. More than 1600 people took part in the AAA sur vey across the country, providing the motoring clubs with an excellent snapshot of the nation's motorists. The survey confirmed that the car remains an incredibly important part of our lives, but A A A Executive Director Andrew McKellar says there are financial and social pressures that are starting to restrict driving. "We see rising costs and congestion putting pressure on people's schedules, budgets and nerves. We already know that the cost of motoring is a significant issue for Australians, but this sur vey confirms the breadth of these costs," Mr McKellar said. Motorists used the sur vey to tell gover nments quite clearly about their priorities for action, including increasing funding for road infrastr ucture. "These results confirm the advocacy priorities of the motoring clubs at a national and state level, showing that improving vehicle affordability and improving the condition of the roads remain top priorities," Mr McKellar says. December 2012 / January 2013 5 In our community
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