AAA Tests Performance of Major Parties
The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has today issued the attached star rating assessment of the motoring policies of both major parties in the lead up to Saturday's election.
At the start of this Election campaign AAA wrote to all major political parties seeking their responses to 14 road safety and infrastructure funding initiatives.
"AAA received responses from the Coalition and the Labor Party and using the same 'star' system that the Australasian New Car Assessment program uses to report on the safety performance of new cars, AAA has issued a score for each party against each initiative", the Executive Director of the AAA, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh said today.
Details on the AAA proposals and the major parties responses can be found at the AAA's special election website: www.aaa.asn.au/Election.
"Over all the AAA was encouraged by a shift towards a greater focus on road safety including a joint five star rating for both sides supporting the AusRAP project. AusRAP has been designed by AAA to rate roads for the risk of crashes that cause death or injury. AusRAP will be launched later this year.
"Both sides also announced driver training initiatives and committed to maintaining the Black Spot program at its current funding level. AAA would like to see funding for this highly successful program increased, a recommendation also made in the recent House of Representatives Inquiry into Road Safety", said Mr McIntosh.
"The Labor party achieved a higher road safety rating for its Safer Roads plan which promises a national, whole of Government approach to reducing trauma on the roads.
"Both parties received low ratings for reform of road taxation and increasing the amount of fuel excise that is invested in roads.
The Labor party did support the AAA position on investigating alternative funding arrangements for infrastructure and accordingly received a higher star rating for this issue" Mr McIntosh concluded.