RFNSW calls for new road safety working group
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.