12 key find­ings in re­port

In­quiry flags tech as vi­tal for safety

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FIND­ING a way to fast-track de­ploy­ment and up­take of proven ve­hi­cle safety tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion was one of 12 key rec­om­men­da­tions in a new in­de­pen­dent re­port of the Na­tional Road Safety Strat­egy.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for In­fras­truc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Michael McCor­mack ac­cepted the find­ings dur­ing an event at Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra in­volv­ing key in­dus­try stake­hold­ers and of­fi­cials.

This was the first in­quiry into progress of the NRSS and Mr McCor­mack said the re­port – the most com­pre­hen­sive of its kind un­der­taken in Aus­tralia – would be con­sid­ered by the Fed­eral Govern­ment, with a for­mal re­sponse pro­vided in due course.

“One road death or ac­ci­dent is one too many, which is why the Lib­eral and Na­tion­als’ Govern­ment sup­ports any ini­tia­tive to im­prove safety stan­dards and re­duce ac­ci­dents and trauma,” Mr McCor­mack said.

“This is a great con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tional road safety con­ver­sa­tion from an in­quiry ini­ti­ated due to con­cerns the Na­tional Road Safety Strat­egy, which was jointly agreed by the fed­eral, state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments, was not on track to reach its 2020 tar­gets.

“Although we have seen mod­est re­duc­tions in the an­nual road toll in re­cent years, the govern­ment ac­knowl­edges we can and must do more to re­duce crash deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries.

“One road death or ac­ci­dent is one too many.”

Na­tional Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive War­ren Clark said the re­port would go a long way to re­in­forc­ing NatRoad’s com­mit­ment to road safety.

“The re­port sets out that frag­mented gov­er­nance and re­sourc­ing has re­sulted in a lack of a strate­gic ap­proach that prop­erly man­ages all op­tions to re­duce death and in­jury,” he said.

“The re­port, there­fore, fo­cuses on the cre­ation of a change in ac­count­abil­ity and re­sourc­ing.”

One of its other rec­om­men­da­tions is that the govern­ment ap­points a cab­i­net min­is­ter with spe­cific multi-agency re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­dress the hid­den epi­demic of road trauma, in­clud­ing its im­pact on the health sys­tem.

It also sug­gests the es­tab­lish­ment of a na­tional road safety en­tity re­port­ing to the above cab­i­net min­is­ter and that there be a min­i­mum $3 bil­lion a year road safety fund.

PHOTO: SI­MON WOODCOCK

IM­POR­TANT IS­SUE: Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack talks safety with ad­vo­cate for tech tools Ron Finemore at a safety sum­mit in Mel­bourne.

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