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A Friday Note - 2 March 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

A mild start to autumn across the State


The Federal Government has issued a compulsory recall of vehicles fitted with defective Takata airbags.

Certain types of airbags made by Takata Corporation have been identified to have a design defect. When the airbag is triggered and deploys (in a collision), it may deploy with too much force, rupturing the airbag inflator housing so that sharp metal fragments shoot out and hit vehicle occupants, potentially injuring or killing them.

You are urged to check whether your vehicle is affected, and if so, whether it is under active or future recall. If you find that your vehicle is under active recall, then you are urged to contact the manufacturer to arrange replacement of the affected Takata airbag as soon as possible.

Further information on the compulsory recall is available from the ACCC website.

As of midnight on Thursday, March 1 there had been nine fatalities on South Australian roads so far this year.


I have asked Tony Carbone to manage the Regency Park inspection facility and the implementation of the heavy vehicle inspection scheme.

This is an important reform and Tony has graciously accepted the challenge. A good man.

The transport assessment and reform section will be managed by Paul Bennett and located under Phil Lawes.

The heavy vehicle access policy and reform unit, will be led by Jude Formston, who will also be Manager, Traffic Operations, backfilling Tony Carbone.

Marg Howard’s group will report to Gabby O’Neill, in the Road Safety Directorate.


Of the 756 forms originally identified, we have made 321 obsolete and have a further 54 online – a completion rate of 50 per cent. More to come.


I received this positive feedback from a customer this week: “I thought I would use it this morning to try and avoid the congestion due to Adelaide 500. Before I got into the car obviously. And it worked a treat! If I had taken the route I had planned, I would have been in the middle of congestion.”


Congratulations to Beau Jinks, an apprentice working at the Field Services Morgan Dockyard, who was awarded Electrician of the Year at the 2017 Riverland and Mallee Vocational Awards.


Last week graduates working with our Planning and Development section hit the O-Week stands at Adelaide University and TafeSA with a “Consider Your Commute” campaign.

This campaign highlighted the potential time, money and environmental savings in travelling by public transport, walking or cycling instead of driving to study.

The team had a very positive response. Many students filled out a travel survey and more than half told us they would be likely to change their travel habits. A great initiative from the graduates themselves.

Peter Douglass, Teresa Davis and Dylan Ashboth at Adelaide University.


Good luck to Facilities Manager Michael Herbst, who will represent Australia next week in the 2018 WSA Sleddog World Championships in Sveg, Sweden.

Michael has been competing with Siberian Huskies in dryland racing for 30 years, winning seven national titles.

He’ll have to contend with temperatures of -10 degrees and potentially lower during the competition.


Thanks to Ingrid Hunt from out Safety and Service Division for this week’s Flashback Friday. It’s from a video taken at the intersection on Main North Road and Nottage Terrace in the 1950s.

You can view the video, and the fascinating driver and cyclist behaviour, here.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan