INQUIRY INTO ROAD SAFETY FINAL REPORT COMPLETED
The Joint Select Committee on Road Safety has many recommendations for improving road safety
The Joint Select Committee on Road Safety has tabled the final report for its Inquiry into Road Safety.
The aim of the report is to examine factors related to fatalities and serious injuries on Australian roads.
The scope of the report also includes possible opportunities to improve road safety outcomes. There are a total of 61 recommended measures included in the report.
These suggestions include constructing and maintaining high-quality road infrastructure. The report also recommends educating road users on road safety risks, managing speeds to safe levels, encouraging the uptake of modern vehicles with safety features, and contributing to effective post-crash response and trauma support.
The report points out the importance of high-quality research and the use of reliable data to adequately understand the road safety environment and how to improve safety measures.
“Road trauma touches the lives of all Australians, whether as victims of a road crash or as family members, friends, first responders, or members of the wider community,” Committee Chair, the Honourable Darren Chester MP, said.
“The causes of road trauma are complex and demand innovative solutions supported by strong leadership, reliable, accurate data, and high-quality research.
“The committee’s report outlines a series of measures that may be taken to improve road safety in the short term, while also highlighting some of the steps that should be taken if we are to achieve sustainable reductions in road trauma into the future.
“While the committee’s report outlines several areas where road safety can be enhanced, what is crucial is that governments at all levels take responsibility for reducing fatal and serious injuries on our roads, including implementing as a matter of urgency recommendations of this and other inquiries.
“As this report coincides with the federal Budget, the committee also calls on the Government to invest in safety for all Australians by committing sustainable funding to measures which reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”
The committee wishes to thank all who contributed to the inquiry by lodging submissions, expressing their views, or providing evidence at hearings or additional information.
The report is available on the committee’s website at www.aph.gov.au