As part of the process of developing policy that reflects the views of motorists, AAA regularly undertakes and commissions research.
In this section of the site you'll find an analysis of AAA's findings as well as policy solutions for Governments and vehicle manufacturers in meeting the future needs of Australian motorists.
Infrastructure and Planning
Transport systems in Australia are currently inadequate to meet the needs of a modern and sustainable society. The Federal Government's national transport plan, AusLink, is a good first step in rebuilding the nation's road infrastructure.
Australia has made considerable progress in reducing the road toll since 1970, largely as a result of major initiatives such as compulsory seat belt usage, random breath testing and the upgrading of road infrastructure and improved vehicle safety. Nevertheless, during the past five years, fatalities have averaged around 1,700 per annum.
Motorists as Consumers
There are numerous costs associated with the acquisition and use of a motor vehicle. Some are imposed by Governments, both directly and indirectly, and others are the result of factors such as depreciation, theft, market power in the use of technology for repair, and tolls on private motorways.
Technology and the Environment
Air quality is improving in most Australian cities, due in part to cleaner vehicle technology and cleaner fuels. Nevertheless, motor vehicles remain a significant contributor to urban air pollution and vehicle numbers and usage continue to increase.
One thing that is clear from our research in recent years is that the car continues to play a vital role in most Australian's lives. That is unlikely to change, as people look to the benefits and convenience of future motoring.
The AAA collects maintains and provides analysis of statistical information on issues affecting both Australian and international motorists.