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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

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Are the fines for lower level speeding offences too onerous?

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

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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

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Would a world of driverless cars be all beer and skittles?

A speculation on some of the wider and less commonly cited changes – not all positive – that might happen in a would where autonomous vehicles have replaced human controlled vehicles

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How long before driverless vehicles take over cities?

Driverless vehicles offer huge potential benefits but it’s unlikely they’ll materialise soon. Besides the regulatory and commercial obstacles, it’s still early days for the technology

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What’s going on with indexation of the fuel excise?

Senator Di Natale is insisting the Government must fund public transport if it wants the Greens to support indexation of the fuel excise. There are some interesting aspects to this ongoing saga

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Is cruising for parking really a key cause of traffic congestion?

It’s a truism that drivers cruising for on-street parking are a significant cause of traffic congestion. But on closer inspection it looks like a meme that’s jumped the fence and gone feral

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What’s the problem with elderly drivers?

The rapidly growing number of elderly drivers is an issue because of their high casualty rates in crashes. A bigger issue though is the growing number who can no longer drive

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Are motorcycles the answer to urban traffic congestion?

Imagine if the streets of inner city Australia teemed with small, quiet motorcycles, scooters and bicycles with only the occasional car or truck. Imagine if they looked more like Hanoi than LA

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Is it really “game over” for the East West Link?

It’s a mistake to think it’s game, set and match for Melbourne’s East West Link motorway just because the Andrews’ Government cancelled the contract. There’s seldom a match point in politics

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