A spate of climate-related incidents across Australia is driving up reinsurance costs across the insurance industry, meaning premium prices need to rise to ensure policyholders’ insurance needs can be met.
RAA believes governments have a role to play in forming public policy to minimise the impacts of severe weather events on South Australian homes and cars.
We represent one in four South Australian homeowners, so we also want to help solve challenges around the impact of climate change and natural disasters.
RAA is committed to working with industry and governments to influence public policy so South Australians can continue to access affordable insurance in the years to come.
RAA believes it vital that new housing developments and land use planning decisions take into account the heightened risk of natural disasters and the relevant mitigation measures to protect households.
We are calling for a comprehensive plan to prevent flood risk on the Gawler River to protect new and existing housing developments.
RAA advocates for long-term planning of transport infrastructure to ensure investment in the network matches demand. We believe investment decisions should be informed by analysis of current and projected usage data and by consultation with community and key stakeholders.
Future urban planning projects should include provision for public and active transport options to reduce the reliance on private vehicle usage and encourage single vehicle ownership where practicable
RAA supports Infrastructure SA’s role as an independent body providing expert advice to the State Government on the state’s long term infrastructure needs.
To meet continued demand for regional tourism, RAA believes there needs to be adequate infrastructure in place to ensure visitors have an enjoyable and safe journey and world class tourism experiences to enjoy.
We are advocating for a regional tourism grant program to support economic growth, revitalise town centres, improve and upgrade local infrastructure and facilities, and invest in unique tourism experiences to support visitation to our regions.
RAA believes it vital to address skills shortages, invest in SA’s visitor economy through investing in marketing of the State, upgrading town infrastructure and leverage SA’s unique nature-based attractions and iconic offerings to help our recovery from the pandemic.
RAA believes the default speed limit of 100km/h should apply on rural roads that do not form part of key routes unless the road is currently of a sufficient standard to allow vehicles to safely travel at the higher speed limit of 110km/h.
We support zoning of a signed open road limit of 110km/h on higher standard divided rural roads and roads that form part of the National Highway Network.
For the safety of all users, RAA believes people should keep their speed below 10km/h when travelling on a footpath. This includes cyclists, users of motorised mobility devices such as mobility scooters, and users of personal mobility devices such as electric scooters.
RAA believes speed limits must be appropriate to the road environment and the adjacent land use. Where travel on a road is unsafe at the current posted speed limit due to the road environment, the priority should always be to upgrade the road where possible to support the existing speed limit. The speed limit should only be reduced where it is not possible to effectively upgrade the road or factors such as adjacent roadside activity require the limit to be lowered for safety .
RAA also believes the number of changes of speed limits along a route should be minimised to avoid driver confusion and there must be appropriate and sufficient signage to reinforce the prevailing speed limit and any changes to it along a route.
RAA supports a public transport system that incorporates a range of transport and delivery options, such as on-demand services, ride-sharing and personal mobility devices that complement current public transport options.
RAA advocates for safe and accessible roads for our members and the broader South Australian community.
While RAA does not generally support the introduction of tolls since they would increase the cost of motoring. If a toll road is deemed the only way to finance a major road improvement, we would recommend specific guidelines around its introduction to mitigate any financial burden upon road users.
To continue saving South Australians from the increasing cost of living pressures, RAA welcomes the extension of the mandatory real-time fuel price scheme following its two-year trial period.
RAA believes Governments should not legislate to control the industry or the market unless there is a clearly defined, sustainable and overriding public good. Federal and State governments should monitor the industry and relevant markets to ensure they have the information upon which to formulate effective policy. Competition in the market is essential for the lowest cost of energy to be achieved and price transparency is essential for this to be fostered.
RAA believes Automated Vehicles will play an important part of future Smart cities and transport but recognises there are still significant technical issues to overcome for these vehicles to be fully autonomous in all environments.
RAA supports increased use of Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) which includes e-scooters to encourage the uptake of alternative transport solutions.
We also encourage the State Government to evaluate the current e-scooter share scheme trials and introduce a regulatory framework for their safe use on public land.
In line with our commitment to a sustainable future for South Australia, RAA supports the State Government’s scheme to subsidise some of the purchase costs of the first 7,500 approved EV smart charging systems.
Transport projects and upgrades are vital for maintaining a safe road network.
RAA believes that as technological shifts force a reduction in the amount of fuel excise collected, Australia will need a new way of funding transport projects and maintaining our existing road network – such as road user charges
RAA supports the SA Government’s aspiration to achieve 100 per cent net renewables by 2030 as part of our commitment to supporting a sustainable future for our State.
A key barrier to EV uptake is purchase price, which is why RAA has advocated strongly and welcomed incentives for EV uptake.
We continue to call on the Government to scrap Stamp Duty on new EV sales to reduce upfront costs and encourage motorists to replace older, less safe vehicles with new electric vehicles.
RAA believes a lack of charging infrastructure is one of the largest impediments to the uptake of EVs.
That’s why we are creating the first state border-to-border electric vehicle charging network in Australia.
RAA recognises electric and zero emissions mobility is the future here and around the world.
We believe EVs using electricity from renewable sources are an important part of the State and Federal governments’ ability to meet its climate and environmental targets.
RAA believes children should be afforded the highest level of safety when travelling in motor vehicles and drivers have a responsibility to ensure seatbelts are maintained in good condition.
Seatbelts complying with the relevant Australian Standard should be worn by drivers and passengers at all times, properly adjusted and fastened, unless a person is exempt for medical reasons.
RAA’s Child Safety Centre provides child restraint advice and fittings to help members protect their most precious cargo.
RAA believes that all drivers should be able to drive for as long as they are safe to do so but drivers also have a responsibility to protect the safety of themselves and other road users by monitoring their own health and by maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the road rules. That’s why our Year’s Ahead program and Driving Masterclass programs were developed – to help senior South Australians brush up on their skills and knowledge.
RAA believes all road users, irrespective of age or mode of transport, should have an up-to-date knowledge of traffic law and have the attitudes and skills to be safe when using the transport system.
In schools, road safety curriculum needs to be provided on a regular basis to reinforce existing concepts and introduce new skills as children develop.
Education programs that focus on vulnerable road users – including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, school children and people with disabilities, regional community members and older people – should also be developed to encourage all road users to share the road safely.
That’s why our Community Education team visits hundreds of students every year to promote the importance of road safety, and connects with hundreds of older people through our Years Ahead program to help them brush up on their skills and knowledge.
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