The Road Ahead : August 2013
MAKE INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT A PRIORITY ECO DRIVING WITH RACQ'S PUBLIC POLICY DEPT OUR RESEARCH SHOWS the majority of RACQ members support more public transport investment in addition to better roads. By squeezing almost 1000 people in a train or more than 50 in a bus, public transport can use space efficiently and reduce congestion in urban areas. When the trains and buses are full, we know the economy and our transport system are going OK. RACQ supports good public transport services and investments that deliver cost-effective benefits. The RACQ Demand Better Roads campaign in the lead- up to the Federal Election includes four road projects across the state plus a second inner city rail river crossing for Brisbane. This would comprise two tunnels and four new underground stations, running from Yeerongpilly to Victoria Park. For the Brisbane CBD to grow as the administrative centre of a state and a world city, we need a resilient rail and road network that delivers on the lifestyle and productivity needs of the workers. Having a single river crossing and rail corridor through the CBD means rail has little capacity to grow patronage and even a minor disruption will delay trains through the whole peak period. This unreliability will create more frequent days of havoc on our trains and push some rail patrons back into their cars. Surveys show about half of rail patrons actually choose rail despite having access to a car (probably because of high parking costs). So if we degrade our rail network, our roads will also suffer. This project needs to happen soon. Building significant new infrastructure takes time. If we delay a funding decision for three years or more, then we are unlikely to see any solution to our public transport woes before the end of this decade. In the meantime we are faced with more inner city congestion and troubling delays on our rail and bus network. The time has come for all levels of government in Brisbane to focus on delivering quality road and rail networks that meet our future needs. Support the Demand Better Roads campaign at www.racq.com/getthefacts and ask your local candidates how they will deliver good public transport. ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 48 MOTORING | DRIVE NEWS THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEP 2013 DRIVE AWAY, MUCH MORE TO PAY RUNNING COSTS SURVEY THE HIDDEN COSTS of vehicle ownership mean motorists could find themselves paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars more each year. The RACQ's 2013 Vehicle Running Costs Survey compared the private operating costs of 110 cars from different classes and with different engine types, including LPG, petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric. RACQ's Steve Spalding said the report revealed that the real cost of owning similar-sized vehicles varied dramatically. "The real cost of owning a car is much more than just the sticker price and the wrong choice could set you back thousands," Mr Spalding said. "Servicing, fuel consumption, spare parts, insurance and depreciation play a major role in how much a financial burden your vehicle will be." The survey ranked the Suzuki Alto, pictured, as the cheapest car to own and operate across all vehicle classes, with an operating cost of $113.82 per week or $5918.50 a year. The petrol Nissan Patrol ST-L was the most expensive car, with owners forking out $402.21 per week, or $20,914.98 a year. The full survey results can be found at racq.com/runningcosts. FAQS ABOUT ROAD RULES WITH RACQ'S TECHNICAL & SAFETY POLICY DEPT SPEED LIMITS Q: How much over the speed limit am I allowed to travel? A: Drivers must not drive at speeds higher than the speed limit applying to the length of road. The speed limit is the maximum allowed speed applying to a length of road and begins at the speed limit sign and ends at either a speed limit sign with a different number on it, an end speed limit sign or speed de-restriction sign, or the end of the road (e.g. a T-intersection). Drivers may need to travel at speeds under the speed limit depending on the road, traffic and weather conditions in order to drive safely. Q: On a two-way road, can I parallel park my vehicle on the opposite side of the road, facing oncoming traffic? A. No. A driver parallel parking on a road must position their vehicle to face in the usual direction of travel of vehicles on or next to the part of the road they are parking on. If it is a two-way road drivers must park parallel to and as far left as practicable on the left-hand side of the road. If you are not parking in a marked bay leave at least one metre between your vehicle and vehicles parked in front or behind it.