Which will look into a new National Road Safety Strategy, and dedicate itself to more detailed data tracking.
The Federal Opposition has promised to establish a National Office of Road Safety, should it win the 2019 Federal Election.
The proposal was announced at the Labor Party’s national conference in Adelaide, with the party arguing “after decades of decline, the road toll is again heading in the wrong direction”.
Should it come to fruition, the body will be dedicated to more detailed data collection around road safety, promote research into the issue, and drive development of the next National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS), due before 2021.
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The Australian Automotive Association (AAA) has backed the push, with CEO Michael Bradley describing it as “the serious response we need for a crisis that kills more than 100 Australians every month and costs the economy $30 billion every year”.
Above: Michael McCormack, Federal Minister for Roads and Transport, checks out ANCAP in Canberra.
Developed in 2010, the current NRSS aims for a 30 per cent reduction in road fatalities by 2020. Almost eight full years into the program, we’ve seen just a 10.3 per cent reduction in the annual national road toll, well behind pace.
Earlier this year, a Federal inquiry found it has suffered an “implementation failure” since its launch. The 12 months to ending in September 2018 saw no real decrease compared to the equivalent in 2017, with just eight fewer deaths recorded nationally. That’s a reduction of just 0.7 per cent.
We still have no system in place to accurately measure injuries from accidents, which makes it tough to accurately track the all-round national impact of road trauma.
New South Wales (+5.7 per cent), Western Australia (+3.6 per cent), Tasmania (+19.4 per cent), the ACT (+28.6 per cent), and the Northern Territory (+18.4 per cent) all recorded road toll increases over the 12 month period ending September 2018.
Victoria (-12.4 per cent), Queensland (-1.2 per cent), and South Australia (-15.5 per cent) all saw decreases. Nationally, pedestrian deaths rose by 13.8 per cent over the 12 month test period, but motorcyclist deaths fell 13.2 per cent.