AAA Supports Younger Driver Training
The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has welcomed the road funding and road safety initiatives announced today by the Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon John Anderson MP and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads The Hon Jim Lloyd MP.
"This extra funding is good news for Australia’s motorists", said the Executive Director of the AAA, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh.
In the lead up to the 2004 Federal Election the AAA, with the full support of its constituent motoring clubs, developed a comprehensive set of policy proposals aimed at addressing the concerns of Australia’s motorists.
Today’s announcement is an important step towards meeting those concerns and we congratulate the Coalition on their renewed focus on road safety as part of this transport policy", Mr McIntosh said.
The extra funding to be spent on roads under AusLink and the Roads to Recovery program; the driver training initiative; the continuation of the Black Spots program; and the support of the AAA initiative, AusRAP, will all place the Government in a better position to meet its road safety target of a 40% reduction in the fatality rate by 2010.
"AusRAP has been designed by AAA to rate roads for the risk of crashes that cause death or injury. By giving roads across Australia a safety rating, AusRAP will make the risk of death and injury on different roads more meaningful and stimulate public discussion. AusRAP will be launched later this year" said Mr McIntosh.
AAA would like to see further commitments to improving road safety policies including Federal Government involvement in the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, a higher level of funding for Black Spots and a whole of Government approach to reducing death and injury on our roads.
AAA is keeping track of all road-funding promises made during the Election campaign, and as projects are announced, they will be added to a consolidated list and published at www.aaa.asn.au.
This work is part of a comprehensive Election website that has been developed by AAA. During the campaign, AAA will update the site with Election material that is of interest to Australia’s motorists.
AAA welcomes further contributions to the list of promises.