26 September 2023

Public to shape new Road Safety Plan

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Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is calling for feedback on a five-year Road Safety Action Plan as part of effort to drive the road toll towards zero.

Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance said TfNSW’s current plan had successfully contributed to fewer people being killed or seriously injured on State roads.

“We are asking the community to build on the great work already undertaken under the current Road Safety Action Plan,” Mr Constance said.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole said it was important for the community to play a role in any change to policy because road safety was everyone’s responsibility.

“In 2020 we had our lowest road toll since 1923, and we are on track to hit our target of 30 per cent reduction in 2021, and that’s only happened with the community’s support,” Mr Toole said.

“Which is why we want their input on the next steps to make our roads even safer.

“Last year, not only did we see fewer deaths on our roads than the year before, we also saw 11 per cent fewer hospital admissions in the 12-month period ending in September 2020 compared to 12 months prior,” he said.

Mr Toole said the new Action Plan would be based on the proven Safe Systems approach to road safety, which recognised that infrastructure, vehicles, speed, and drivers couldn’t be viewed in isolation, but needed to be considered as a whole.

He said the objectives of TfNSW’s new Action Plan included reducing drink and drug driving; increasing speed compliance and safer speed choice; creating safer urban roads; creating safer country roads; increasing the safety of vehicles and protective equipment; and reducing other unsafe road behaviours.

He said consultation on the 2026 Road Safety Action Plan would be open until 29 April.

Further information on TfNSW’s Action Plan, including how to have a say, can be accessed at this PS News link.

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