12 key findings in report
Inquiry flags tech as vital for safety
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.
IMPORTANT ISSUE: Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack talks safety with advocate for tech tools Ron Finemore at a safety summit in Melbourne.