In 2019, 266 lives were lost on Victoria’s roads. The 2020 figures so far is 12.
These alarming figures have led to a Legislative Council parliamentary Inquiry into the Increase in Victoria’s Road Toll – and is inviting community input to help find solutions.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP is encouraging locals to submit their views and suggestions.
In a broad-ranging review, the Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee will examine how Victoria’s Towards Zero 2016-2020 Road Safety Strategy plans to reduce fatalities.
Among the issues being considered are the adequacy and scope of drug and alcohol testing, distractions while driving, such as smart phone use as well as current speed enforcement measures and speed management policies.
Other issues being examined include measures to improve the affordability of new vehicles with driver assist technology, and the adequacy of driver training programs.
The Committee will also look at current road standards and road maintenance.
The inquiry’s terms of reference and details on how to make a submission are available from the Committee’s website: www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eic-lc/inquiry/977
Written public submissions to the inquiry are open until 31 January 2020, with public hearings to be held in 2020.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“All road deaths are an absolute tragedy. Fatalities and serious injuries on our roads affect families and communities across Victoria – which is why the Committee is inviting people to contribute their views and suggestions to our inquiry.”
“As a community, we need to work together to look at why this is happening and what measures can be done to turn these figures around.”