It was aimed at trying to cut Australian road deaths by 30%, but how effective has the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-20 really been?
That’s exactly what a newly announced Federal Government inquiry will try to determine.
There were 1,235 road fatalities in Australia in 2016, a total almost identical to the 2011 total of 1,291 deaths on the roads.
If current trends continue, the strategy will fall short of the 30% reduction that was targeted and ANCAP CEO James Goodwin says that’s good reason to take a look at what’s going on.
“ANCAP welcomes this Inquiry and, as the independent authority on and consumer advocate for vehicle safety, we look forward to participating,”
“Much has been done to improve road safety over the past seven years of the Strategy but there is still much more to be done and it’s encouraging to see the Government take an active step to focus efforts.”
“The rising road toll is a concern and vehicle safety needs to be a key focus.”
An inquiry into the progress and effectiveness of the strategy has previously been supported by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA).
AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley said in January that this level of death, injury, and cost should not be accepted on our roads.
“Its time the Australian Government sought to clarify why our national road safety strategy has stalled, so that efforts to reduce road trauma can be re-focussed.”
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We will keep you updated as further details on the governments inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy come to hand.