Better roads and transport has been a core focus of the NRMA since it was founded in 1920. Since then, the NRMA has grown to represent over 2.6 million Australians, and we’ve played a key role in the mandatory use of seatbelts, the introduction of random breath testing, the establishment of ANCAP crash testing, and lobbying for improvements to NSW and ACT roads.
This tradition of campaigning and research continues today with a growing focus on future transport solutions and tourism, while maintaining our focus on safety and infrastructure challenges affecting regional and metropolitan communities. We want to prepare our communities for tomorrow with a focus on future transport, alternative fuel sources, and the use of blue highways.
Some of our achievements
The NSW Government has adopted a number of our recommendations to make the demerit point system fairer. Specific recommendations adopted include an extra demerit point for drivers, giving them 13 points instead of 12, and reducing the penalty for motorists caught speeding by less than 10 km/h.
Fuel price transparency
Following our long campaign for greater fuel price transparency for motorists, the NSW Government mandated that all fuel retailers operating in the state provide real-time price information. All retail fuel prices are now reported via an online government dashboard and through the my nrma app.
Fuel price boards
To provide greater transparency for motorists around fuel prices, we persuaded the NSW Government to force service stations to advertise a wider range of fuels on their price boards. These changes helped to increase competition and give motorists more information about fuel prices.
Driver licence discount
Following our recommendation to the NSW Government to provide a financial incentive for motorists who demonstrate good driver behaviour on our roads, NSW motorists with a clean driving record will now receive a 50 per cent discount on the cost of renewing their licence.
School zone flashing lights
As a result of our lobbying, the NSW Government replaced all faded school zone signs with fluorescent signs in 2009, and took forward a policy to install flashing lights at all school zones with non-standard operating times. In 2013, it was announced that flashing lights would be installed at all school zones in NSW by 2015.
After concerns were raised by NRMA Members, we advocated for increased penalties for people who illegally park in disabled zones. As a result, the NSW Government increased the penalty for illegally parking in disabled zones to $519 and the loss of one demerit point.