From the President May 2017

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

RACV President Kevin White

Throughout our history, RACV has constantly innovated to meet our members’ needs by providing products and services that are highly relevant, of high quality and represent great value.

This month, I am pleased to announce a new product to assist our members, RACV Mobile Tyres.

Members will be able to book this tyre replacement service six days a week from this month. They will be able to choose new tyres online at tyres.racv.com.au, and mobile vans with the latest tyre-changing and wheel-balancing technology will come to homes or workplaces to fit them.

To begin, four vans will provide the service in metropolitan Melbourne, with plans to extend the coverage over time.

At RACV we aim to improve the lives of Victorians. Energy supply and consumption in our homes is a key area where we believe we can assist members to reduce soaring costs and be more sustainable.

Recent events, including the closure of Hazelwood power station, the South Australian blackouts and solar tariff changes, only heighten a feeling of uncertainty and confusion in the community.

The Federal Government’s announcement of an enquiry into soaring energy costs is long overdue, and we look forward to an expert view guiding this critical issue. RACV will undertake our own independent review to ensure we are in a position to provide Victorians with independent advice on fairer energy deals.

RACV has already been active in providing members with accurate and objective information about how to reduce energy bills and the environmental footprint of our homes.

Some recent examples include a RoyalAuto article on how to mitigate bill shock in light of the Victorian government’s announcement that it would heavily reduce solar feed-in tariffs. Also, our seasonal series including tips to prepare your home for the cooler months provides valuable advice to keep power bills down. In partnership with the Alternative Technology Association as part of our Show Your Card and Save program, members can take advantage of expert advice to save money, make their homes more comfortable and reduce their environmental footprint.

The high popularity of our recent solar and battery information sessions held at RACV City Club and Torquay points to a demand for many more similar events to be held for members.

Finally, I am very pleased to share with you the news that last month the RoyalAuto magazine team was awarded the TAC Towards Zero Quill for Road Safety, an award for excellence in journalism. The RoyalAuto team followed road trauma survivors from the site of their crash, to hospital in the air ambulance, through the emergency department and surgery and on to recovery. Read the Impact series here.

We hope that this work, combined with RACV’s ongoing advocacy for the safety of all road users, goes some way towards improving the behaviour of road users and helps to save lives.

Kevin W White, President & Chairman of the Board