RACT in call to end road carnage
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.”