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t is our pleasure to report on the
range of activities and initiatives
delivered by RAC over the past
RAC’s overall profit after tax for
the year ended 30 June, 2014,
was $37.945 million.
This financial result strengthens RAC’s
financial position. It enables RAC to
provide a range of services to members,
and also to continue our focus on
developing innovative strategies to deliver
our advocacy priorities of safe, accessible
and more sustainable mobility.
Advocacy through innovation is
critical because of the many challenges
facing WA. Our road fatality rate remains
unacceptable and continues to be
above the national average. Population
growth continues to place pressure on
our transport network. WA needs more
transport options, more sustainable ways
to move around our state, and an even
greater commitment to improving the
safety of all road users.
Tragically, in 2013, on average one
person died on our roads nearly every
We also saw driver inattention emerge
as a major factor in our state’s poor road
safety performance. Inattention is now
comparable to the impact of speed and
drink driving on our community.
Through our focus on innovation
and our commitment to road safety, the
RAC launched the world’s first Attention
Powered Car in 2013.
The project was solely developed and
launched by RAC to raise awareness
about the ways in which driver attention
The RAC’s 2013-14 Annual Report
is today being challenged, often by
peripheral devices taken on the journey.
Inattention also featured in the RAC
bstreetsmart event where more than
5,000 Year 10, 11 and 12 students attended
the re‐enactment of a crash scene at
This is the third year that RAC has
staged this important road safety event
in partnership with St John Ambulance,
the Department of Fire and Emergency
Services, WA Police and Royal Perth
For the first time, RAC also delivered a
second bstreetsmart to more than 2,000
regional students attending Country Week
We will continue to develop road safety
strategies that reach out to our regional
communities because this year more
than 50 per cent of road fatalities have
occurred in the regions, despite only
22 per cent of the population living there.
Congestion continues to have a
major impact on our community and our
state needs a better, smarter, and more
integrated transport network.
This is why the RAC has focused on
delivering solutions to help squeeze
more out of our existing infrastructure.
RAC funded initiatives and partnered with
Main Roads Western Australia to trial an
alternate approach to traffic signal retiming
at two sites in Perth.
The early signs demonstrate a range of
potential impacts including a reduction of
up to 27 per cent in vehicle delay.
We also called for funding to enable
concepts such as managed motorways
and other new road infrastructure
technologies to be trialled in WA.
RAC members have also indicated
they are concerned about the impact of
their vehicle on the environment.
The RAC‘s important sustainability
campaign, the Less Emissions Mission,
encouraged members to reduce their
carbon emissions by providing discounts
to those with qualifying lower carbon
dioxide emissions vehicles.
This year we were proud to be again
confirmed as the sponsor of the state’s
dedicated 24‐hour emergency rescue
helicopter, RAC Rescue, based in Perth.
Sponsoring the emergency rescue
helicopter is one of the ways our
organisation can help make a real
difference. We have proudly supported
this service since 2003, in which time
it has flown more than 3,800 missions
and helped save hundreds of lives.
The service is funded by the WA State
Government, with the assistance of
RAC sponsorship, and is managed by
the Department of Fire and Emergency
Over the past year it has been a
pleasure to work with a committed RAC
Council and senior management team.
We also acknowledge the commitment
of all RAC people and thank those who
have worked tirelessly throughout the
year to assist our members.
The RAC is a proud Western Australian
membership organisation and we would
like to conclude by acknowledging you ‐
our members ‐ for your ongoing support.
For a copy of the concise annual report visit
rac.com.au/annualreport or call 9436 4665.
left to right: RAC’s Attention Powered
Car; RAC Group CEO Terry Agnew
with RAC President Esme Bowen;
RAC Rescue helicopter.
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