NEW COMMITTEE TO EXPLORE ROAD SAFETY IN AUSTRALIA
The ultimate goal of the committee is to decrease road injuries and deaths
A new parliamentary committee has been established with the goal of identifying ways to reduce traumas and deaths on Australian roads.
The Joint Select Committee on Road Safety will explore opportunities to improve road safety programs and policy.
The committee will also investigate how to reduce road trauma in the workplace. More than half of all worker fatalities in Australia are related to vehicles.
Additionally, the committee will also determine how to integrate road trauma prevention across agencies.
“This inquiry will focus on the practical and immediate steps that can be taken to reduce trauma and deaths on our roads,” Committee Chair, Pat Conaghan MP, said.
“The committee will be focusing on what can be done in the short to medium term to achieve real and tangible results.
“We need to focus on action and cooperation in the prevention of further trauma and deaths on our road networks.
“We will also focus attention on ensuring the Federal Government’s 2021-22 Budget commitment of $3 billion over three years to the Road Safety Program continues to be effective.”
Mr Conaghan also said that tens of thousands are hospitalised each year due to road accidents, and over 1,000 people die on Australian roads each year.
The impact is greater on rural and regional Australians since two thirds of deaths on Australian roads in 2019 took place in regional or remote areas.
Of course, for most Australians the roads are an unavoidable means of transport, especially in these rural areas.
“We always have to remember that these are people not just statistics. They are mums and dads picking the kids up from school; truck drivers keeping our supermarkets stocked; cyclists and pedestrians heading to work; farmers driving into town to re-supply; and gig economy delivery workers,” Mr Conaghan said.
Mr Conaghan emphasised the importance of exploring all possible options to meet Australia’s road safety goals.
“We must all work together towards zero deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads by 2050. Everyone deserves to feel safe on our roads,”
Mr Conaghan said.
To learn more about the committee, go to www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Road_Safety_2021