It’s a question that’s been on everyone’s mind ever since the NSW Government introduced its “cars in the future” plan, which is designed to ensure everyone gets a car.
“I think the answer to that question is that you’re going to have to have a car museum,” said the state transport minister, Andrew Constance.
“That is going to be a requirement for people who are looking for a car in NSW.”
“It’s not going to just be a place to go and visit cars, but to learn more about them, understand what makes them tick and how to use them.”
He said the plan would also be aimed at encouraging car ownership, particularly by young people.
“It will help to increase the number of people that are driving around, and also it will help in terms of keeping people safe.”
The State Government said the cars it would create would be “a reflection of the many different types of vehicles we have in NSW”, with different levels of safety, fuel efficiency and durability.
“You have the modern cars, you have the mid-range cars, the sports cars, they’re all here.
And the range is just as wide,” Mr Constance said.
And the vehicles would be designed to encourage more people to buy a car, with more high-quality options available to the public.
The plan is currently being evaluated by a team of experts from the National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMPA), which is responsible for planning and funding car infrastructure across the state.
They will decide in March whether to proceed with the plan.
But while the NRMPA has been tasked with creating a national plan, the state is already making its own plan to ensure it follows through on its vision.
In 2016, the NSW government committed to “identify the most cost-effective way of building a new car for the average family”.
The current plan, published in the NSW Register of Public Works in April 2017, estimated that the cost of building and maintaining a new vehicle in NSW would be $1.4 billion, and that would require a “significant increase” in public transport.
According to the National Transport and Main Roads Association (NTMRA), that figure “is much too low” to cover all the costs of building, maintaining and operating a new transport system.
However, the NTMRA has said the total cost of operating the new car would be around $1 billion.
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