Public to help shape new Road Safety Plan
The community is being asked to provide feedback on the new five-year Road Safety Action Plan, which is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to driving the road toll down towards zero.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the current plan’s reforms and programs have contributed to fewer people being killed or seriously injured on our roads.
“Crash deaths and serious injuries are avoidable, and the NSW Government is committed to working towards zero road trauma on our state’s roads by 2056,” Mr Constance said.
“We are asking the community to build on the great work already undertaken under the current Road Safety Action Plan, which includes the $822 million investment in the Safer Roads Program and the Mobile Speed Camera Program.
“We are continuing to increase our investment in life saving infrastructure like wide centre lines, flexible barriers and rumble strips, but we want to hear from you about how we can make your local roads safer.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said it was important the community played a role in any change to policy because road safety was everyone’s responsibility.
“In 2020 we had our lowest road toll since 1923, and we are on track to hit our target of 30 per cent reduction in 2021, and that’s only happened with the community’s support – which is why we want their input on the next steps to make our roads even safer,” Mr Toole said.
“We know our record investment in road safety, including rolling out thousands of kilometres of audio-tactile line markings, wide centre lines and more crash barriers across regional NSW, is working, but challenges still lie ahead.
“Last year, not only did we see fewer deaths on our roads than the year before, we also saw 11 per cent fewer hospital admissions in the 12-month period ending in September 2020 compared to 12 months prior.
“We want to ensure everyone on our roads gets home safely at the end of the day, which is why we’re asking for community feedback to help get this new plan right and ensure even more lives are saved on our roads.”
The new plan will be based on the proven Safe Systems approach to road safety, recognising that infrastructure, vehicles, speed, and drivers cannot be viewed in isolation, but rather their interactions need to be considered.
Next objectives to improve safety as part of the Road Safety Action Plan 2026:
- Reducing drink and drug driving
- Increasing speed compliance and safer speed choice
- Creating safer urban roads
- Creating safer country roads
- Increasing the safety of vehicles and protective equipment
- Reducing other unsafe road behaviours (e.g. driver fatigue)
Road Safety Action Plan Community Consultation Details:
- Transport for NSW is hosting eight community consultations across the state, starting in Wagga Wagga and finishing in Sydney.
- Four additional consultations that focus on the views of our Aboriginal communities will also take place throughout the month.
- Participants can register to attend by visiting towardszero.nsw.gov.au/2026plan
Consultation on the 2026 Road Safety Action Plan is open now and will close on 29 April 2021. To get involved, head to www.towardszero.com.au