tip off
CARS & TRAFFIC |

Will ever-bigger fines stop trucks smashing into rail bridges?

Trucks always seem to be hitting overhead rail bridges causing disruption and endangering other road users. But ever-bigger fines aren’t likely to do much to address the problem

READ MORE
CARS & TRAFFIC |

Will politicians ever do anything real about cars in our cities?

Politicians like to give the impression they’re taking action to prepare our cities for growth but it’s mostly rhetoric; they continue to avoid taking serious action to address the role of cars

READ MORE
CARS & TRAFFIC |

Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?

‘River may be dammed for new tollway’ says The Age. Either Victoria’s Andrews Government has jumped the shark after just one year in office or Fairfax is getting further and further out of its depth

READ MORE
CARS & TRAFFIC |

What should we be doing now to prepare for driverless cars?

If our cities are going to benefit from the transformative potential of autonomous vehicles, we need to start building a consensus now that they should be implemented strictly as shared vehicles

READ MORE
CARS & TRAFFIC |

How is it cars had taken over the streets by 1976?

Car use grew rapidly in Australia in the immediate post-war era. By 1976 cars accounted for 70% of all commutes across the nation’s capital cities. It had all the hallmarks of an irresistible force

READ MORE
CARS & TRAFFIC |

Does anyone care about getting the numbers right on infrastructure?

The standard of public debate around infrastructure projects seems to be constantly beset by misinformation around costs and revenues; there’s little to suggest it’s going to get better

READ MORE
CARS & TRAFFIC |

Has an acceptable case been made for this (road) project?

Victoria’s Auditor-General reckons the Government hasn’t properly assessed the unsolicited proposal from toll operator Transurban for the widening of CityLink and Tullamarine freeways

READ MORE
CARS & TRAFFIC |

Does ‘peak car’ mean traffic congestion is going away?

There’s a misconception that the passing of ‘peak car’ also means the passing of ‘peak traffic congestion’. That’s not true and hence demands for more motorways to combat congestion will persist

READ MORE
CARS & TRAFFIC |

Are the fines for lower level speeding offences too onerous?

Enormous numbers of tickets are issued each year for speeding. More than three quarters are for relatively low level offences yet the level of fines is punitive for ordinary households

READ MORE
CARS & TRAFFIC |

Should car share users pay for parking?

The City of Melbourne is considering a proposal to triple the number of on-street parking spaces reserved for car share by 2021. But it looks like Council won’t subsidise the cost of parking

READ MORE