The Road Ahead : October 2010
DRIVE NEWS MOTORING MAKES YOUR DAY 35 OCT/NOV 2010 THE ROAD AHEAD HYBRID NOISE TESTING Hybrid vehicles pose no greater danger to pedestrians than equivalent petrol-powered cars, according to leading research by RACQ. Vehicle technologies manager Steve Spalding said tests were conducted at various speeds to determine if pedestrians could detect these vehicles in situations where there is background traffic noise. "The research found that 40 percent of pedestrians failed to detect any vehicles travelling at 60 km/h in time to avoid a collision," he said. www.racq.com REPAIR INFO AVAILABLE The RACQ has welcomed a Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry (FCAI) decision to make vital technical information available to independent repairers. RACQ vehicle technologies manager Steve Spalding said, however, the complete details of the FCAI proposal were not yet known. "We especially need to know exactly how available this information will be and what costs will be incurred by repairers accessing the data," Mr Spalding said. www.racq.com truck stop changes CUNNINGHAMS GAP From late October the Department of Transport and Main Roads will make changes to the existing truck stop bays within the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park at Cunninghams Gap, along the Cunningham Highway, about 100 km south-west of Brisbane. These changes are being undertaken to improve safety and protect the environment from vehicle pollution run-off. The lanes will be marked to permit emergency stopping only. Caravans and cars will continue to have full access to the Main Range National Park car park. For more information visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au.