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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #150 on: February 11, 2019, 02:03:12 PM »
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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #151 on: February 11, 2019, 07:34:05 PM »
And so the truck driver said, now how wide did they say the load was? Good thing it got stuck as it looks like it may have also too tall for the overhead bridge.
https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/news/trucks-wide-load-blocks-major-nsw-highway/news-story/e4168b1711f566372f76e5cb7d41d91d[/url
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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #152 on: February 12, 2019, 07:48:19 AM »
"after the truck’s load shifted and became wedged between barriers."

From the look of the photo's, no way was it ever going to fit through that gap ???

& seeing that it's round, how would the load shifting effect the width ???
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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #153 on: February 12, 2019, 08:45:49 AM »
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& seeing that it's round, how would the load shifting effect the width ???

it may have been on an angle instead of flat on the deck.




Wallsend MP Hornery Sonia urged RMS to "thoroughly investigate what went wrong here".
"Someone has messed up because it is obvious that the truck was never going to fit across that bridge," she said.
"Someone needs to be held accountable and the details made public."


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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #154 on: February 12, 2019, 08:57:57 AM »
and another!!





Apparently a international licence holder who could not read the signage.
How can he even be on the road.

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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #156 on: February 12, 2019, 09:06:37 AM »
Why is there someone's head hanging out the window????????
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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #157 on: February 12, 2019, 03:41:58 PM »
I wonder if any of our judicial system have ever seen this.

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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #158 on: February 12, 2019, 03:42:26 PM »
Interesting.

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Win for local mechanics with plan to make world's car makers share high tech data


Global car makers will be compelled to provide tens of thousands of Australian mechanics with the technical information needed to fix increasingly computerised modern vehicles, under a new plan being developed by the federal government.

The Morrison government on Tuesday released a consultation paper for a mandatory information-sharing scheme between international automakers and Australia’s independent repair and service sector. It comes after an investigation by the national competition watchdog found car manufacturers were often withholding the computerised information from mechanics outside their own dealership networks.


The government said the plan would provide consumers with genuine choice about where they have their cars repaired and would help create a “level playing field” between large repairers linked to car manufacturers and the 30,000 independent repairers “run by hardworking Australians”.

“More choice and more competition will put downward pressure on the cost of vehicle repairs, ensuring the best deal for families when getting their car repaired,” Assistant Minister for Finance and Treasury Zed Seselja said, “and that’s what the sharing of this information will deliver.”

But a motor trades group, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday said it was disappointed with what it said was the consultation paper's lack of urgency, detail and penalties for failing to comply, arguing the code should be further advanced following years of investigation and industry submissions.

"It looks like a positive development that both sides of government have said it's a good idea, but it looks as though we are starting from zero," VACC chief executive Geoff Gwilym said.

"Why  does the government have a discussion paper on something that’s been in discussion for years?"

Steven Grocl, of J&F Motors in Richmond, which services about 10-15 vehicles a day, said problems from manufacturers' refusing to provide information was becoming more pronounced every year as cars became increasingly computerised and complex.

Traditionally, he said, information to repair and service cars was provided in manuals, but today, real-time access to digital files and codes, which vary from car to car, is needed to complete many aspects of a repair or service.

"Going back 15-20 years, cars were much simpler, the information required to fix them was written information you could find in a book, 100 pages' long, which you could purchase ... and with a few basic hand tools you could fix a vehicle," Mr Grocl said.

https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/win-for-local-mechanics-as-world-s-car-makers-forced-to-share-high-tech-data-20190212-p50x8k.html
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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #159 on: February 13, 2019, 11:25:02 AM »
"Why  does the government have a discussion paper on something that’s been in discussion for years?"

Because Governments do what Governments do  ???
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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #160 on: February 13, 2019, 04:27:15 PM »
Because Governments do what Governments do  ???
And they anounce they are going to look at ways to protect consumers becuase there is an election on the horizon.

Give it a couple of months and the discussion paper will be found to be inconslusive/not practical to implement/bad for the economy/allow more refugees into the country/raise the cost of living and the proposal will get shelved for another 2.75 years....

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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #161 on: February 13, 2019, 04:31:48 PM »
And they anounce they are going to look at ways to protect consumers becuase there is an election on the horizon.

Give it a couple of months and the discussion paper will be found to be inconslusive/not practical to implement/bad for the economy/allow more refugees into the country/raise the cost of living and the proposal will get shelved for another 2.75 years....
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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #163 on: February 16, 2019, 03:50:31 PM »
NSW now stopping rego's if essential recalls aren't carried out:
https://www.drive.com.au/news/nsw-bans-car-fitted-with-faulty-takata-airbags-120782

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The State Government has issued a statement outlining an immediate ammendment to the Road Transport Act 2013, allowing Roads and Maritime Services to "refuse to register a registrable vehicle if the Authority is satisfied that the vehicle, or any part of the vehicle, is subject to a recall notice under section 122 of the Australian Consumer Law".
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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #164 on: February 16, 2019, 04:03:45 PM »
Ffs, now I have to remember to do recalls and renewals. How does one manage all this responsibility

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« Reply #165 on: February 16, 2019, 04:43:13 PM »
NSW now stopping rego's if essential recalls aren't carried out:
https://www.drive.com.au/news/nsw-bans-car-fitted-with-faulty-takata-airbags-120782
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Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Reply #166 on: February 19, 2019, 07:47:13 PM »
This is interesting

https://www.drive.com.au/news/nissan-finds-new-life-for-leaf-batteries-120796.html


Nissan wants to help you get off the grid.

Not because it doesn’t trust the government, but because the Japanese car giant has found a new life for used batteries from its old electric cars. The car maker has teamed up with caravan constructor, Opus, to utilise first generation Nissan Leaf batteries as power sources for your next camping holiday.



The Nissan Energy Roam is a small, waterproof power pack developed with the old lithium-ion Leaf batteries which can be installed on an Opus camper to provide power. Nissan claims the Roam can store up to 700Wh, which then powers the Opus 12-volt on-board electrical system.

The companies claim the technology can provide enough power for seven days of off-the-grid camping.

Nissan sees the camper as just one potential application for the Energy Roam, which it believes is a sustainable way to recycle batteries as electric vehicle numbers increase over time.

"Nissan's leadership in energy services means we are not only transforming the way people drive, but also the way we live,” explained Francisco Carranza, Nissan Energy managing director.

“The Nissan x Opus concept is a real-world example of how Nissan Energy Roam can integrate into our lifestyles – in this case the hugely popular leisure activity of camping.

"Our customers already have the ability to take control of their energy use at home through Nissan's residential storage solutions.

“Now we can give them complete independence to experience 'off-grid' adventures. The new Nissan Energy Roam can deliver clean, sustainable power to the most remote of locations, and be enjoyed by everyone.”
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