AAA Welcomes Labour's Focus on Road Safety


The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has welcomed Labor's Safer Roads Plan as recognition that Australia's Federal Government must show greater national leadership if we are to get serious about reducing road trauma.


The Safer Roads Plan, announced today by Martin Ferguson MP, Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, contains many of the initiatives that AAA and Australia's Motoring Clubs have been seeking throughout this election campaign.   At the start of the 2004 Federal Election the AAA, with the full support of its constituent motoring clubs, delivered a comprehensive set of policy proposals aimed at addressing road safety and infrastructure investment to all major political parties.


"Labor's commitment to take a 'whole of Government' approach to reducing road deaths and serious injuries is very encouraging news for Australia's motorists", said the Executive Director of the AAA, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh.


"Labor have incorporated many of the AAA's policy priorities in their Safer Roads plan, including: the continuation of the Black Spot program; financial commitment to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program; support for the AAA's AusRAP system of rating the safety of roads; driver education programs; and development of fleet purchasing guidelines to ensure that all Government cars meet best practice safety standards.


"The initiatives promised in addition to the AAA representations, such as: strengthening the Voluntary Code for Motor Vehicle Advertising; a new investigative role for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for serious bus and truck accidents; the national school road safety education program; and heavy vehicle safety initiatives are also very welcome.


"Today's announcement by Labor is an important reminder that deaths on our roads are not inevitable and that Governments can help to ensure that we have safer drivers in safer vehicles on safer roads.


"Both major parties have now 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.


AAA now looks forward to seeing the details of Labor's transport infrastructure policy, including their road funding commitments well before next Saturday.


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