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shutterstock_216371458From 15 October 2014, to help reduce danger to road users and manage crashes more efficiently, you may no longer have to wait for police at a crash site in NSW.

Police will only need to attend if:

  • anyone is trapped or injured
  • they are needed to direct traffic or deal with hazards
  • any drivers appear to be affected by alcohol or drugs
  • a bus or truck needs to be towed, or
  •  anyone involved has failed to exchange details.

Remember, if you are involved in a crash, keep safe and move away from traffic.

If police are not required to attend:

  • contact your insurer or a towing company of your choice to arrange for your vehicle to be towed (if required).

If you cannot arrange a tow and exhaust all other options, call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

  • exchange details with drivers and/or owners involved and leave the crash site
  • if any vehicles were towed as a result of the crash, after leaving the crash site you need to contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 to report the crash as soon as possible.

We recommend you download the What to do after a car crash flyer (PDF) to keep in your vehicle for future reference.

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From 1 August 2014 P1 and P2 drivers are banned from driving high-performance vehicles that have:

Power to tare mass ratios of greater than 130kW per tonne or,

Modified engines that need to be approved by an engineer or,

Other vehicles classified as high performance.

To search Transport to NSW database to find approved vehicles for P1/P2 drivers click here

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We are pleased to announce that we have completed a Safer Driver Course training Program for Coaches. Now Formula Driving School is authorised to deliver Safer Driver Course Module 2: In-Vehicle Coaching. To be able to arrange driving lessons as a part of Safer Driver Course we recommend all students to contact our Safer Driver Course Module 1 Provider – TAFE-Western Sydney Institute.

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Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay has announced alcohol interlocks are to be made mandatory for high range and repeat drink drive offenders, in a bid to reduce the number of drink-driving offences.

High range drink driving is anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.150 or above. A repeat drink driver is some-one who has committed two PCA offences within 5 years.

Alcohol interlocks are an electronic device connected to the ignition of a vehicle preventing it from starting if the driver has been drinking, providing an effective physical barrier between drinking and driving.

Legislation will be introduced into Parliament next year, which also will provide for additional penalties for drivers who exceed their demerit point limit.

The decision to introduce alcohol interlocks follows a suggestion from NRMA Motoring & Services.

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Speed up your learning

The Safer Drivers Course is a combined theoretical and practical course for under 25 year-old learner drivers who have completed 50 log book driving hours.

The course has been developed by a board of independent road safety experts that considered the latest research in young driver safety and is specifically designed for young learner drivers.

The course involves a three-hour facilitated group discussion on how to manage risks on the road. The second part of the course is a two-hour in-vehicle coaching session to help learner drivers practise a range of safe driving behaviours.

Benefits of attending a Safer Drivers Course

The course aims to provide learner drivers with driving strategies such as speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness and safe following distances so they are more prepared when they drive unsupervised on their provisional licences.

The course also aims to help learners identify situations that will put them at greater risk of a crash and consider strategies that will help avoid them.

Gaining 20 hours of log book credit

After completing the course, a learner will receive 20 hours of credit in their log book, meaning they only need to complete 100 hours of supervised driving outside the course.

If they also do 10 hours of professional driving lessons, they’ll receive a further 20 hours of credit on top of the 10 hours they drive during the lessons.

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