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The RACT has again called on
the Tasmanian Government to
urgently install permanent advisory
signs near fixed speed camera
locations across the state as soon as
they are operational.
RACT CEO Harvey Lennon says that the organisation originally supported the
decision to invest in fixed speed cameras when their installation was announced
early this year.
‘We are comfortable with Tasmania Police statements that fixed cameras will be
placed in locations that experience a high number of crashes and a high traffic
volume – but our support comes on condition that there is appropriate advisory
signage,’ Mr Lennon says.
‘To emphasise the RACT’s position on this, I took my own advisory sign to the
camera location on the Brooker Highway – and I was pleased with the positive
response from many passing motorists, who tooted and gave the thumbs-up,’
The RACT believes that advisory signage will help address the concern of
motorists who see speed cameras as just revenue-raising devices. As well,
visiting drivers will not be unfairly disadvantaged when compared to locals
who are familiar with the locations of fixed speed cameras.
‘We want an environment where everyone, locals and visitors, complies with
our speed limits,’ Mr Lennon says. ‘Most Australian states have some form of
advisory signage ahead of permanent speed camera installations and we believe
that appropriate signs in Tasmania will reinforce the need to comply.’
Mr Lennon says that without the installation of appropriate advisory signs, the
RACT would need to consider its support for the initiative.
‘We continue to endorse the use of high-visibility police operations to enforce
road rules,’ he says. ‘But under no circumstances do we want to see fixed speed
cameras used as a replacement for that high-visibility police presence.’
pick – it’s a
After over 10 years in circulation, it’s time to refresh the design of RACT’s
membership cards. All members will receive new cards in 2016 – but this
time, you have a choice! To pick the design you like, add your details and choose
your card at w ww.ract.com .au/membercard.
But you’ll need to be quick – to meet strict card-printing deadlines, you must
make your choice by 24 December 2015. No later requests can be accommodated.
You can use your RACT membership card to receive rewards at
businesses in Tasmania and across the country. For a full list of benefits, visit
There has been a lot of negative publicity in
recent months regarding Volkswagen and
emissions from its EA189 diesel engines.
VW admitted using emissions test-cheating
software on vehicles around the world fitted with
EA189 diesel engines, to meet required emission
standards. The software detects when a car is
undergoing the testing procedure and switches the
engine to a low-emissions mode.
While we want motorists to remain vigilant,
regardless of what VW did, it is very important to
note that the emissions software does not impair
the safety or driveability of the vehicle.
We’re pleased to note that VW agreed to suspend
from the Australian market any current vehicles
being sold within that engine family. VW also
announced an online tool allowing customers to
check if their vehicles contain the affected diesel
engines. We would also encourage drivers to take
advantage of this free tool and we urge VW owners
to contact their dealer if they are concerned.
As we are going to press, there are media reports
from the US that the scandal may be expanding to
other vehicles and engines. R ACT will continue to
monitor this issue closely.
It is almost unbelievable that this column contains
a Christmas road safety message – the year has
just f lown by! This Christmas and New Year we
are encouraging Tasmanians to once again ‘get out
there’ and enjoy our home state.
While we have a vested interest in this because of
the tourism properties we operate, from an RACT
perspective the journey to get there is just as
important as what happens when you arrive.
It is obvious that there are more motorists on
the road at this time of year, so the risk of being
involved in a crash is far greater. The risk of death
or serious injury also increases. Drink-driving,
speeding, fatigue and inattention are all risk factors
this Christmas and New Year.
So while we want you to get out and about and enjoy
what the state has to offer, we want you to be safe
on our roads.
Please be safe this holiday season and have an
enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and New Year.
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