Driving & Traffic

Yeah. Everyone knows the Sandman and I would put the Torana and Kingswood ahead of the Gemini.

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Did someone say Gemini?

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I was a Commodore man for most of my driving years. I now have a Mazda 6 sedan since they stopped making Commodores.

I refuse to buy an SUV. Sadly, there doesn’t look to be a replacement Mazda 6 sedan in sight (the current one dates back to 2013).

A Camry would be ok, there is an updated one coming out later this year, all models will be hybrids, there won’t be a petrol only option.

90% of sales of new Camrys are for hybrids and there is a wait time of 2 years for a new one! :scream:

As for electric cars, I do a fair bit of country driving - until the range, charging time and availability improves, i can’t see that being for me.

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Interestingly this week I’ve found the traffic everywhere (I’m in Brisbane) worse than before Christmas, especially morning peak. 50 minutes to drive 6km from Morningside to the city twice this week. Note I normally cycle to work (in under 30 minutes) but have been unwell. I’ll be back on the bike next week!

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The Albanese Government has announced its New Vehicle Efficiency Standard (NVES), and will consult with stakeholders on its preferred model until March 4, 2024 before introducing legislation “as soon as possible”.

It aims for the new rules, which will affect new passenger and light commercial vehicles, to come into effect by January 1, 2025.

Car companies will be given targets for average CO2 emissions per kilometre across their vehicle fleets. Over time this CO2 target will move, forcing companies to provide vehicles with lower or zero emissions to meet stricter targets.

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Riding your bike into the city would be much faster than being stuck in that ‘car park ‘that is Wynnum RD in peak hour . Making that road wider didn’t help much

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I can still remember the days when I was walking to and from work. Only 2 km. Walking home the traffic was always backed up as I was always finished right on school time. If you were traveling the same distance as I was It was only 5-10 mins quicker. Unless it was school holidays.

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I guess i can see why e-scooters are popular, but they have a bad rep for causing house fires.

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I often check out Snarl before leaving home but was a bit disconcerted today when it showed this:

While I also received a traffic alert about stand still traffic conditions on the Gateway.

Update:

Commuters on Brisbane’s southside have been hit by huge delays, with traffic backed up for 15 kilometres, following a crash on the Gateway Motorway #bnetraffichttps://t.co/keKAnGBQlZ

— The Courier-Mail (@couriermail) February 5, 2024

Makes you lose confidence in the page

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Northern Territory is no longer unlimited, now max 130 kmh.

Good map otherwise.

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The ‘No Limit’ in the NT is a myth (or at least no longer true)

Speed limits are clearly signed and must be obeyed at all times. The speed limit in built up areas is either 50km/hr or 60km/hr unless sign posted otherwise. The speed limit on open roads is 110km/h unless sign posted otherwise. On the Stuart, Barkly, Victoria and Arnhem Highways the maximum speed limit is 130km/h.

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It was true up until about 5 years ago, i recall there was a high speed fatal crash and that’s when it got changed i think.

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It definitely used to be unlimited on federal highways. I have driven them but usually only up to about 140kph. I realised it had changed though.

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Philippines is definitely incorrect. No roads have a maximum speed limit of 120km/h.

(With that traffic, it’s almost impossible anyway :laughing:)

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that i agree with , with being there

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Good move in hindsight not to brand that dealership, as I think the Ford dealer in Bathurst is branded (Clancys). Such a sign wouldn’t be worth anything much I think.

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Watched them pull that very sign down a few years ago. They were very careful so figured it was going into storage for someone’s collection.

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