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March 31st, 2016

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RAC working on CC

I have been a member of the Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC) for over 25 years and have watched the organisation grow and change in response to the interests of their members, as any club should. So yes they are still interested in cars, roads and travel in general but their considerations go much wider than that.

In the latest members magazine they have outlined the infrastructure projects and policies they will be lobbying for in the next election. They include in the infrastructure projects - Perth light rail, network management technologies to enable semi-autonomous driving in the city to reduce congestion and the extension of the Thornlie passenger rail line. In the policy area they will lobby for more funding for public transport infrastructure and cycling infrastructure. They would also like to see a CO2 emissions standard for the new light vehicle fleet because we do not have one.

Other articles in the magazine tell us things like "In one year, the average Australian passenger car will emit about four tonnes of CO2" and now is the time to get ready for winter storms with a list of things people can do.

They have conducted a walking survey which they consider to be their first step to "ensure the needs of pedestrians are well understood and not overlooked in infrastructure planning".

The RAC have in the past supported new commuter technology, and in the current magazine they are trialling a driverless shuttle bus so they can test and understand autonomous vehicle technology. They want people in WA to "experience the technology, to ride in it, and to consider the possibility of autonomous vehicles in their day-to-day lives".

So I guess the message of this post is, when looking for changes in society which might help us get to a sustainable future, look in all the places, likely and unlikely.