RACT in call to end road car­nage

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - HE­LEN KEMP­TON

TAS­MA­NIA’S peak a ut omo­bile body says road safety man­age­ment prac­tices need to change to re­duce deaths and for the state to reach its road toll tar­gets.

The RACT also wants its Greater Ho­bart Mo­bil­ity Vi­sion to be im­ple­mented to boost safety on the city’s roads.

The RACT said the fail­ure of the Na­tional Road Safety Strat­egy to meet its tar­gets — con­firmed by the lat­est road fa­tal­ity data — re­in­forced the need for change in road safety man­age­ment prac­tices.

The lat­est edi­tion of the Aus­tralian Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion’s bench­mark­ing of the NRSS re­port shows Tas­ma­nia will not meet its tar­get to re­duce fa­tal­i­ties and se­ri­ous in­juries by at least 30 per cent by 2020.

RACT Group CEO Har­vey Len­non said in the 12 months end­ing Septem­ber 2018, 37 peo­ple died on Tas­ma­nian roads — com­pared to 31 in the same pe­riod the pre­vi­ous year.

“The re­port also re­veals that road deaths per 100,000 head of pop­u­la­tion in Tas­ma­nia are the sec­ond-worst in the na­tion be­hind the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, and well above the na­tional aver­age of 4.87,” Mr Len­non said.

“No state is on track to meet the strat­egy’s fa­tal­ity tar­gets, with 1213 peo­ple dy­ing on Aus­tralia’s roads in the 12 months to Septem­ber 2018.”

A re­cent in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into the NRSS found there needed to be more re­sourc­ing from all lev­els of gov­ern­ment and more lead­er­ship from Can­berra.

Mr Len­non wel­comed Tas­ma­nian Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to im­prove tourism roads and that the State Bud­get iden­ti­fied many roads flagged pre­vi­ously as need­ing up­grades.

In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Jeremy Rock­liff said the Gov­ern­ment wel­comed the re­lease of the In­quiry into the Na­tional Road Safety Strat­egy 2011-2020 and the state was well placed to ad­dress the rec­om­men­da­tions.

“We have a num­ber of spe­cific projects un­der way to im­prove our road safety out­comes in­clud­ing risk anal­y­sis to iden­tify higher-risk sec­tions of roads re­quir­ing at­ten­tion, as well as im­prov­ing road de­sign.”

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