From the President November 2017

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RACV President Kevin White
RACV President Kevin White

With summer around the corner, we are preparing for a busy period for RACV and our members.

As we enter the warmer months, I am thankful for longer summer evenings to spend with family and friends, on holidays and travelling. I am also reminded of the need to prepare our homes for this busy time. In this issue of RoyalAuto, with the help of the Country Fire Authority (CFA), we remind you to check that your valuable possessions are fully covered, should the worst happen. This is especially important if you are planning on travelling through high-risk fire areas or own property in those areas.

Technological advances and mobility options are influencing the conversation on the future of transport in Victoria and around the world. RACV is a strong advocate for integrated mobility which encompasses all modes of transport including driving, riding, walking and taking a bus, tram or train. Importantly we need to make sure that Victoria has a system in place that is accessible and allows people to choose the best option for them to get from point A to point B as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.

If you have ever wondered what an autonomous vehicle was all about, RACV is partnering with VicRoads, La Trobe University, HMI, Keolis Downer and ARRB in the Autonobus automated bus trial, and we’re looking for members who would like to participate. This trial will take place at La Trobe University in Bundoora in early 2018.  Even if you cannot volunteer, this is a great opportunity over the warmer months to come along and have a look at this new form of transport.

As part of RACV’s continued commitment to Victoria’s changing transport needs, we have recently partnered with DriveMyCar, Australia’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing service. Through RACV DriveMyCar, Victorians have the ability to make money from their under-used vehicles or to rent a vehicle at reasonable prices. All vehicles rented through RACV DriveMyCar are covered by insurance and RACV’s 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.

Also in support of alternative modes of transport, RACV has recently launched its new Mobility Hub at the RACV City Club at 501 Bourke Street. The hub provides new facilities for RACV Club members who cycle, run or walk into the city. This progressive new space offers secure bicycle storage, shower and changing facilities, eBike charging and additional charging points for electric vehicles. Members can also utilise the RACV Car Share scheme from the same location.

On a separate note, RACV is again a proud sponsor of the Great Victorian Bike Ride, a fun scenic nine-day ride. This year’s ride through Gippsland from Wilsons Promontory kicks off on 25 November and finishes on 3 December.

RACV will also be in Maryborough between 23 and 26 November for the 27th running of RACV Energy Breakthrough. This event showcases sustainable transport and technology from a grassroots level and allows students from across Victoria to design, construct and test a vehicle that they believe represents an “energy breakthrough”.

Kevin W White, President & Chairman of the Board