Daily Archives: February 3, 2014

DFES Prepares for Bushfire Season at the Driving Centre

For the 5th year in a row the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) returned to the RAC Driving Centre to conduct their driver training for their Fire and Rescue, Emergency Service and local government bush fire brigade volunteers.

The DFES volunteers go through driver training to receive the competencies for Operate a four wheel drive and Drive Vehicles under Operational Conditions. The courses involve extensive defensive driving theory coupled with practical learning tasks for the majority of the day.” with “The courses involve extensive defensive driving theory with the majority of the day completing practical learning tasks.

The practical tasks are performed on both the Driving Centre’s bitumen and 4WD tracks where they practise braking in light tankers on high and low traction surfaces, driving under lights and sirens with DC Instructors simulating road traffic conditions and an operational commentary drive with an in-vehicle siren. The day finishes with 4WD training and skills assessment.

The Driving Centre worked with DFES to create a course that was tailored to the requirements that DFES needed and with our driver trainers having extensive emergency service background helps to enrich the courses.

If you are a company who is in need of driver training the RAC Driving Centre can deliver accredited and non-accredited courses at our facility or on site. For more information click here or call 6189 4646.

Goodbye Kombi – Thanks for the Memories

In the February/March issue of RAC’s Horizons magazine we paid tribute to the iconic Kombi van, which went out of production in December 2013. Some of our members share their own Kombi stories and memories with us.

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    Traffic Signals Safety and Efficiency Study – report released

Traffic Signals Safety and Efficiency Study – report released

New approaches to the way Perth’s traffic lights operate may be one of the ways to help ease Perth’s congestion crisis, a new report has shown.

The report, commissioned by the RAC, showed signal retiming can help to reduce vehicle delays at traffic lights by up to 27%.

With congestion expected to cost Western Australia $2.1 billion a year by 2020 and with an additional one million motorised vehicles estimated to be on our roads in the same year, the RAC believes a focus on network management systems is a key part of dealing with the increasing burden of congestion on our State.

The nine month study applied an alternate approach to signal retiming at two demonstration sites – the intersection of Kelvin Road / Tonkin Highway, and four intersections along Orrong Road.

It found the use of micro-simulation modelling software could help get more out of the existing infrastructure and shorter but more frequent green light sequences could help cut delays.

The project was undertaken in partnership with Main Roads WA.

To obtain a copy of the report please email advocacy@rac.com.au

Decentralise employment hubs to cut congestion

A new RAC report, Employment Self-sufficiency Health Check: Planning for Perth’s Congestion Challenges shows the State is falling behind set targets to create employment opportunities close to where people live, as a means of reducing congestion.

RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs, Will Golsby, said Perth residents typically travel further to their work destination than Australians living in other capital cities.

“More than 30% travel at least 10 kilometres to work, while another 30% travel more than 20 kilometres,” Mr Golsby said.

The RAC would like to see the government and businesses prioritise the State Government’s Directions 2031 planning framework document, which sets out targets for decentralising employment and encourages employees to work close to home.

“This would help reduce congestion and ease pressure on rail and road links during peak times.”

The report can be downloaded here.

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Risky Roads on again in 2014

The RAC’s statewide Risky Roads survey is on again soon, and we’re asking Western Australians to nominate a dangerous road or intersection which urgently needs fixing.

The campaign highlights local, frequently used roads which are unsafe or in need of attention. The RAC will then work with the government and relevant road authorities to improve the roads or intersections.

The Risky Roads survey will run from 10 April – 22 May 2014, with the results announced mid-way through the year.

 Update: The Risky Roads website is now live!