Transport

Nab the best deal with free car buying service for members

Thinking of buying a new or used car? National Seniors members can now tap into the best deal possible through specialist car broker Auto Advantage.

Created in 2001, Auto Advantage works with thousands of people Australia-wide to help them save time, money and stress when buying a motor vehicle.

National Seniors’ Chief Executive Dagmar Parsons said older people sometimes put up with old or unreliable cars because the time and expense of buying another one was too daunting, or they worried about obtaining value for money.

Road safety expo for Mornington Peninsula seniors

Seniors living on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula will have the opportunity to learn the latest road safety tips at a free expo on Saturday, 18 November.

The half-day expo will provide opportunities for a confidential one-on-one driver assessment in their own cars, as well as a VicRoads roadworthy check on their car. Both services will also be free.

Free public transport during 2017 Victorian Seniors Festival

Victorian Seniors Card holders can travel free on the state's public transport from 8 to 15 October as part of the 35th Victorian Seniors Festival.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said the eight days of free public transport would help older Victorians travel to as many festival activities and highlights as possible.

“We are thrilled to give our seniors a free ride across the eight days of the festival. We hope all older Victorians can get along and enjoy the huge program of events on offer,” Mr Foley said.

Drivers ignore dangers while searching for phones

Drivers are searching for ringing phones, believing that locating and answering them while behind the wheel is not as risky as talking and texting.

The survey by Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) showed 45 per cent of the state’s drivers found it difficult to ignore a ringing phone. They were further distracted by rejecting or answering the call.

NT seniors get free bus travel

Northern Territory seniors aged 60 and over can now travel free on public buses.

Acting Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said free public transport for seniors came into effect on 1 July.

Free travel would also apply to all Australian Senior Card holders aged 60 and over on presentation of a valid state or territory seniors card, she said.

Consultations on the revised Pensioner Concession Scheme will also start this month and National Seniors will be participating. The new scheme begins on 1 January, 2018.

Gold Opal fares a bright spot in otherwise dull NSW budget

The New South Wales budget has held public transport fares at $2.50 but added little to help older people cope with ever-increasing living costs, National Seniors Australia says.

The cost of Gold Opal travel for pensioners and Seniors Card holders will stay at $2.50 for the 2017-18 financial year.

“This is good news but we can only hope the government restricts fare increases in the future,” National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said.

Seniors welcome improved access to public transport

National Seniors has welcomed the ACT government's budget commitment to increase access for seniors to public transport.

The government will continue to offer free off-peak travel on bus services for seniors and concession card holders. It will also conduct a six-month trial in the inner north of flexible bus services for people with mobility impairment.

National Seniors’ ACT Policy Advisory Group member Dr Bill Donovan said the lobby group for over 50s was a strong advocate for better access to public transport.

Hobart posties first to pilot new e-vehicles

Australia Post is using Hobart as the first capital city in the country to pilot five new three-wheel electric vehicles that will allow posties to deliver more small parcels.

From March 20, the new e-vehicles will service the suburbs of Bellerive, Howrah, Montagu Bay, Mornington, Rosny Park, Tranmere and Warrane.

The new e-vehicles have three times the parcel carrying capacity of the postie motorbike and can hold up to 100 small parcels and 1,200 letters at a time.

ACT Budget Submission 2017-18

National Seniors submission to the Australian Capital Territory Budget 2017-18 outlines a number of key recommendations for consideration as part of the Budget development process. Recommendations cover areas related to concessions, housing, health, transport, elder abuse and more.

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