High-speed exemption

The new Northern Territory government has admitted that cars can travel safely at high speeds on roads such as the Stuart Highway. It has announced it will develop a “simple permit and exemption system” to allow highspeed development testing in central Australia despite the imminent axing of derestricted zones. Fearing it would miss out on millions of dollars in economic benefits, NT chief minister Michael Gunner sent a letter to carmakers insisting his government was offering “continuing support” for manufacturers keen to use the heat and vast roads that make the Territory one of the world’s preferred places to test new models.