Failure to capture appropriate data and information about road crashes and road conditions is hindering Victoria’s road toll response.
The Parliamentary Inquiry into the increase in Victoria’s road toll has recommended data collection on road maintenance be improved and that Victoria Police begin capturing non-injury crash data in order to help assess emerging road safety trends.
Poor data sets have been a feature of nearly every Auditor-General’s report into road safety or road maintenance, meaning when decisions are being made about road maintenance projects and the rollout of safety measures, they aren’t necessarily being directed to the right areas.
Collecting data is a basic fundamental of any organisation to make sure the decisions being made are the right ones. Daniel Andrews must adopt these recommendations to ensure we have the whole picture about what is occurring on our roads.
It comes at the same time a report from Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the increase in Victoria’s road toll, released today, has recommended the Andrews Labor Government review speed limits on all rural and regional roads.
Lowering speed limits rather than fixing the road surface is a lazy option and a Band-Aid solution that will continue to put Victorian motorists at risk.
The Andrews Labor Government has refused to recognise that poor road surfaces and conditions are a contributing factor in road deaths and instead focus on other factors like speed limits in isolation.
Improving road safety on rural and regional roads needs to be a holistic approach that takes into account every single aspect of the road – including the condition of the surface, not just the speed limit.
“If you don’t have all the data, you don’t have the whole picture of what’s happening on our roads and it impossible to tell if resources are being delivered to the right areas.
“Years of neglect means our country roads are crumbling, yet the Andrews Labor Government’s answer is to lower the speed limit and say job done.
“It’s a lazy option and isn’t the way to fix the safety issues on our roads.
“Various Auditor-General’s reports have shown that there is a scatter gun approach to road maintenance in Victoria and that’s because of poor data.
“The Andrews Labor Government must adopt these recommendations to ensure they have the full picture when making decisions about road infrastructure and road safety.”Shadow Minister for Rural Roads, Roma Britnell