Call For Black Spot Commitment From All Parties
The Australian Automobile Association has welcomed an undertaking by the Transport Minister, John Anderson, at the National Press Club today that the highly successful Black Spot Program will continue.
AAA Executive Director, Lauchlan McIntosh, said he was pleased that Minister Anderson announced that he would provide funding details shortly.
"The recent evaluation of the Black Spot Program by the Bureau of Transport Economics found that it has been an outstanding success in reducing fatalities and serious accidents. It found that the program has generated a net present value of $1.3 billion dollars and a benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 14, which is extremely high compared to BCRs for other road construction projects," Mr. McIntosh said.
"The BTE found that the Black Spot program appears to have been highly effective in reducing the number of casualty crashes. It estimated the Program prevented around 32 fatal accidents and 1,539 serious crashes during the three-year evaluation period.
"It is clear that the program should not only be continued, but expanded. AAA believes the Commonwealth should spend a minimum of $80 million per annum on Black Spot projects and we would expect the Government’s announcement to reflect this level of commitment.
"We also call on the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Democrats to give an undertaking to continue the Black Spot program with, at the very least, matching funding. Last time Labor was in Government, the Black Spot program was discontinued despite the fact that it is clearly saving lives.
"The Black Spot Program is an important national road safety initiative that has the potential to contribute substantially towards the National Road Safety Strategy target of reducing fatalities by 40% by 2010," Mr. McIntosh said.