Road Safety Recommendations Arrive

The Andrews Labor Government is investigating how Victoria’s roads can be made safer.  A recently tabled Parliamentary Inquiry considered whether the state’s road toll can be reduced to fewer than 200, every year.

The inquiry, chaired by Upper House member for the Eastern-Metropolitan region (which notably includes the Hawthorn electorate) Enver Erdogan, was established in June 2019 to examine the increase in Victoria’s road toll after decades of steady decline.

“Victoria has done well over the past 40-50 years to reduce the road toll; however, it has plateaued in recent years,” Chair Enver Erdogan said.

“The Committee heard this has happened in many parts of the world. This suggests previous reforms have achieved all they can and it’s time for a fresh push to reduce road trauma even further.”

In 2018, in Boroondara alone, car crashes resulted  in 4 fatalities, 55 cases of serious injury, 237 cases with milder injuries and 283 instances where a  crash led to no injury.

(Statistics from VicRoads, 2018)

The Hawthorn electorate is home to many drivers.

  • 51% of employed people travel to work by car.
  • 47% drive themselves to work.
  • A higher number of dwellings in Hawthorn (11.8%) own three or more motor vehicles compared to dwellings with none at all (11.1%).

(Statistics from 2016 Census)

Consequently, this inquiry is critical to the ongoing safety of this community.

The Committee made 36 recommendations relating to road standards, data collection, driver training and behaviour, and vehicle safety. It has also addressed concerns around a lack of openness among Victoria’s road safety partners.

The Inquiry’s recommendations will now be considered by the Government.