26 September 2023

New tram safety campaign on the right track

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Motorists are being urged to drive safely around trams with the latest figures showing thousands of dangerous near misses have occurred across Melbourne’s tram network each year.

Launching the Department of Transport’s new When a tram stops, you stop campaign, the Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll said the Department reported 2,632 near misses last year despite drivers being required to stop for passengers getting onto and stepping off trams.

“The campaign reminds motorists that people stepping off the tram could be someone you know,” Mr Carroll said.

“Seventy-five percent of Melbourne’s tram network is shared with other road users, so motorists must take extra care when behind the wheel, because even low-speed collisions with tram passengers can have fatal consequences,” he said.

“My message to motorists is simple – when a tram stops, you stop.”

Mr Carroll said motorists needed to be on high alert for passengers using roadside stops and must stop their vehicle when a tram stopped.

“Those failing to comply could face an on-the-spot penalty of up to $462 and three demerit points,” the Minister said.

“Victoria is home to the world’s largest tram network, with 250 kilometres of double track and more than 500 trams providing more than 5,000 services every day.”

The Minister said motorists could play their part by following important road rules when driving around trams.

Information about driving safely around trams can be accessed at this PS News link.

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