This report shows empty streets have driven down the road toll by 14.6% in the June quarter. But cyclist deaths have doubled over the last three years and despite the aberration due to COVID-19, national road safety targets likely won’t be met by the end of the year.
AAA submission to the Australian Government’s Discussion Paper on a Technology Investment Roadmap to accelerate low emissions technologies.
The thirteen undersigned organisations from transport and medical fields, have a dedicated interest in road safety and wish to make this joint submission to draw the Council’s attention to learnings from government responses to COVID-19 and road safety.
Normally, it would have been good news for households, with the AAA’s Transport Affordability Index confirming that average transport costs in the first quarter of 2020 decreased by 2.1 per cent compared to the previous quarter. Unfortunately, however, many Australians could not take full advantage of these cost decreases due to the impacts and restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic progressively taking effect during the period.
The AAA’s first Road Safety Benchmarking report measuring 2020 shows there was relatively no change in the nation’s road toll for the 12 months to March, compared with the corresponding period in the previous year. In the 12 months to March 2020, there were 1,154 fatalities on our roads compared to 1,161 fatalities in the 12 months to March 2019.