Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey is imploring people to drive safely following five fatalities on NSW Roads over the past 24 hours. “I have been both saddened and horrified for families across this state who have lost loved ones or been involved in these incidents,” Mrs Pavey said.
“It’s heartbreaking to know these people will not be making it home to their families and their loss will have devastating effects on their families, workplaces and communities.” “This is why I am imploring motorists to please slow down, take regular breaks, always wear a seat belt and don’t use mobile phones.” The NSW Government’s updated Road Safety Plan is due to be released in the coming weeks.
The Plan will identify priority areas and associated measures, with a focus on all vehicle types, to help bring the road toll down. “We have also established a Parliamentary Inquiry into heavy vehicle safety investigating the use of technology to improve road safety. We expect to have the full report by May this year,” Mrs Pavey said.
Over the past year, NSW has seen a 45 per cent increase in heavy vehicle fatalities from 2016 to 2017 and this needs to be addressed. “The government is taking action on this issue. We have more than doubled the roads budget since 2011 to improve critical infrastructure across the state’s road network.” “This is in addition to investing in other heavy vehicle infrastructure, such as vehicle monitoring systems.”
The NSW Government is also improving vehicle standards with NSW leading the way nationally to introduce the Written Off Heavy Vehicle Register, which passed Parliament last year. “This Heavy Vehicle Register will ensure that all heavy vehicles involved in incidents that are structurally unsafe are not re-registered and remain off our roads,” Mrs Pavey said. “The issue of Heavy Vehicle Safety is one that is being addressed nationally, and all states are working together through forums such as the Transport and Infrastructure Council to address this issue.” “We are also making sure that safety is a shared responsibility for everyone.” NSW has the most comprehensive heavy vehicle safety and compliance system in the country.
“We will continue to invest in infrastructure, education, and improving policy and technology. But road safety is a two way street and we need the community to meet us halfway. “We need to change the way we think about road crashes. We need to start a new conversation, talk with each other about the way we behave on the road and bring the road toll closer Towards Zero.”