The Australian Automobile Association says more than 1,300 lives would be saved on Australian roads over the next 20 years if the nation reduced the age of its light vehicle fleet by just one year.
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"More than 100 Australians are killed in car crashes every month and the same number are seriously injured every day, so the significance of this problem cannot be over-stated," says Australian Automobile Association Chief Executive Michael Bradley.
It is not only the cost in life that has been revealed by the AAA's latest report - road crashes cost the Australian economy almost $30 billion annually, and the AAA is urging for a raft of federal policy interventions it says are urgently needed to reduce deaths and injury.
The Australian Automobile Association has included major regional centres in its Transport Affordability Index for the first time, with Wagga Wagga, Geelong, Townsville, Bunbury, Mount Gambier, Launceston and Alice Springs now a part of the report.
Some interesting information has come from the index - including that households in regional centres are paying a whole lot more than city slickers for their fuel.
A report by the National Transport Commission shows Aussies are shunning small cars in favour of larger, more powerful vehicles.
According to the Australian Automobile Association, this calls into question the way in which the Federal Government is developing new vehicle emissions standards, and highlights the urgent need for a real-world vehicle emissions testing regime.
Under the Australian Government's Australian Design Rules, vehicle manufacturers need to measure noxious emissions standards in a laboratory test, and have laboratory-based fuel consumption information displayed on a "Fuel Consumption Label" wherever you fill up.
But since there is no way for anyone to know how these lab results translate in the real world, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) commissioned a study of 30 vehicles to work it out - and preliminary results are showing a big difference.