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FOCUS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
NEWS FROM THE MOTORING WORLD AND BEYOND.
Despite noticing an
increase in traffic delays
and congestion, Western
Australians continue to rely on
their vehicle to travel to and from
work, according to the latest RAC
The survey revealed that 87
per cent of respondents normally
drive to work, up from 81 per
cent 12 months ago. One in two
respondents said it was not
possible for them to get to and
from work using public transport.
Of these people, half said they
did not use public transport
because it takes too long and one
in five said it was too difficult
or inconvenient. The survey
also shows that 80 per cent of
Western Australians are driving
'every single day' for work or
personal reasons, up from 76 per
cent in 2009.
RAC Head of Member
Advocacy Matt Brown said the
results are a further warning that
Perth is not adequately prepared
for the population growth flow-on
from the resources boom. "We are
already seeing the consequences
of population growth on our
roads through greater congestion
and longer travel times," Mr
Brown said. "The survey shows
that 66 per cent of Western
Australians believe traffic delays
and congestion on Perth roads
during peak times is getting worse.
This is not a theory; it is a reality --
a reality that is being experienced
by motorists every working day."
Congestion imposes a
significant economic and
social cost on the community
and Mr Brown said planners
and policy-makers needed to
take action now. "It has been
estimated that WA wil l need to
attract an additional 500,000
workers over the next decade to
service the resources boom. We
need to be planning and investing
in our road network and public
transport system to ensure that
Western Australians can continue
to move efficiently around their
PHOTOGRAPHY: TRAIN IMAGE BY SANDRA JACKSON.
WATCH OUT FOR
The RAC's participation in Western Australia's
electric vehicle (EV) trial has been boosted
with the opening of an EV charging station
at its West Perth building. The charging station
is available for use by the trial participants as
well as RAC members with electric vehicles who
become part of the trial. Electric vehicles are
powered by a rechargeable plug-in battery and
propelled by an electric motor. They can be
charged through a regular power outlet or via a
specially designed charging station such as the one
at the RAC.
The EV trial will run for two years and the
10 vehicles will be used in government and private
business fleets. The RAC will use its participation
to improve its knowledge of electric vehicles as
well as learn about the impact they will have on
industry and the
they will present
on the trial or
to become a
Do you need to give way to a pedestrian when
turning at an intersection? Western Australian
motorists might be surprised to learn that
the answer is yes.
According to the Department of Transport,
there is a high degree of uncertainty among
drivers and pedestrians about who must give
way to whom and in what situations. Statistics
from the WA Police show that pedestrians
are six times more likely to be involved in
a crash than any other mode of travel, so
it is important that all road users are aware
of the road rules. To set the record straight,
here are the golden rules to remember when
travelling by car or foot:
RULES FOR MOTORISTS
• When turning left or right at any intersection
(except roundabouts) you must give way to
pedestrians who are crossing the road you are turning into.
• When turning into the entrance of a car park or driveway
you must give way to pedestrians on the road or footpath.
• When turning left using a slip lane you must give way to
pedestrians attempting to cross.
RULES FOR PEDESTRIANS
• When crossing at a roundabout you must give way to vehicles.
• When crossing the road you must take the shortest, safest
route and not stay on the road longer than necessary.
• Pedestrians are only permitted to cross the road diagonally at
controlled intersections designed to stop traffic in all directions.
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