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(2) The original budget for Motor Vehicle Registration and Transfers was $24.858m. The estimate was increased for the estimated outcome for 2004-05 to reflect a base change that flowed through from a higher than expected outcome in the previous year, as it was considered at the time, likely to continue in 2004-05. The market did not, however, experience the forecast continued growth, resulting in the $1.6m underachievement when compared to the estimated outcome.

ACTION buses—bike racks
(Question No 502)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

(1) On how many ACTION buses will bike racks be installed and how many have been installed to date;

(2) What will be the total cost for the installation of the bike racks;

(3) When will the bike rack installation project be completed;

(4) What is the annual ongoing cost of maintaining the bike racks;

(5) Is the passenger accompanying the bike or the bus driver responsible for fitting the bikes onto the racks;

(6) What training requirements must be met for (a) drivers and (b) passengers to be proficient in the loading of the bikes and how long on average must they be in front of the bus to load a bike successfully;

(7) How many bikes does each bike rack hold;

(8) If the bike racks are full, will additional bike-wielding passengers be allowed to load their bikes inside the bus; if not, why not, and is the passenger then turned away from boarding the bus if the bike rack is full;

(9) Were there any problems found during the trial of the racks; if so, what were these problems and have these problems or potential problems been addressed or rectified; if not, why not;

(10) Does the ‘overhang’ of the racks together with the extended effective length of the bus cause any problems for the safety of pedestrians, motorists or cyclists; if so, what are those problems;

(11) Do buses that have the racks installed have any problems navigating smaller roundabouts or bus bays due to the extended effective length of the buses;

(12) Have there been any complaints from drivers concerned about the safety of the racks; if so, what has been the nature of the concerns raised and what has been done to address them;

(13) Have there been any incidents to date where passengers, pedestrians or drivers have been injured by the racks or have been in a collision with the racks; if so, what is the detail of these incidents, including (a) when they occurred, (b) what was the nature of

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