RFNSW calls for new road safety work­ing group

Australian Transport News - - News -

Road Freight New South Wales (RFNSW) is call­ing on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and other au­thor­i­ties to set up a spe­cial na­tional road safety work­ing com­mit­tee.

The in­dus­try-led group will pro­vide road safety ed­u­ca­tion to mo­torists on in­ter­act­ing with heavy ve­hi­cles in or­der to re­duce the num­ber of road ac­ci­dents that have been es­ti­mated to cost the econ­omy up to $33 bil­lion a year, RFNSW GM Si­mon O’Hara says.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore the Se­nate Ru­ral and Re­gional Af­fairs and Trans­port Ref­er­ences Com­mit­tee in­quir­ing into road safety in Aus­tralia, O’Hara called for greater en­gage­ment and ed­u­ca­tion on the roads be­tween light and heavy ve­hi­cles.

“RFNSW rec­om­mends the es­tab­lish­ment of a work­ing com­mit­tee to scope out bet­ter ways to ed­u­cate light ve­hi­cle users and cy­clists in their in­ter­ac­tions with heavy ve­hi­cle users for the pur­poses of at­tain­ing safer roads,” O’Hara told the se­nate com­mit­tee.

The sub­ject of road safety ed­u­ca­tion was re­cently raised by two South Aus­tralian bod­ies – SA Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (SARTA) and SA Freight Coun­cil (SAFC), too.

Both bod­ies ques­tioned why the gov­ern­ment was not mak­ing sub­stan­tial ef­forts to im­prove road safety aware­ness de­spite fed­eral trans­port and in­fra­struc­ture min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester’s prom­ise to al­lo­cate funds redi­rected from the Road Safety Re­mu­ner­a­tion Tri­bunal (RSRT) on this front.

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