Catherine King named Minister for Road Safety

Federal member for Ballarat Catherine King has been named the minister for road safety as part of a cabinet reshuffle announced by the Gillard government this week.

The new position will see Ms King made responsible for endeavouring to bring down the road toll and reduce the amount of motorists who are involved in incidents.

Currently, more than 1,300 people are killed on Australian roads every year with a further 30,000 seriously injured.

Australian Automobile Association (AAA) executive director Andrew McKellar says that these statistics are proof that "road safety needs to be a key government priority".

Mr McKellar and the AAA have commended the decision to introduce a new cabinet position, noting that having a dedicated minister for road safety will help ensure that there is a strategy in place to reduce road trauma in Australia.

"Too many people continue to die or are seriously injured on Australia's roads so a minister for road safety will provide important leadership," said Mr McKellar in a statement issued March 25.

"I congratulate Catherine King on her promotion, she has been a hardworking advocate for road safety in the past and I look forward to continuing a strong and productive relationship on these matters."

This news may be of particular interest to any Australian fleet manager who is concerned about the safety and wellbeing of their organisation's drivers.

However it is worth remembering that driving an automobile will always bring with it some level of risk, which is why it is important to ensure that your drivers have access to comprehensive roadside assistance at all times.

A professional fleet management program can offer this service at an affordable price, whilst also assisting your organisation with every stage of the accident management process.