New parliamentary group puts road safety under the microscope

This year's formation of the Parliamentary Friends of Road Safety was met with strong support throughout the industry.

The group of 44 MPs join industry experts to improve road safety across federal borders, while bringing key concerns to the fore.

This month has seen the the group meet at Parliament House, along with industry figures from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

In a September 22 media release, ANCAP said the meeting of minds will "provide an opportunity for members of the Parliamentary Friends for Road Safety group to discuss the key road and vehicle safety issues facing the Australian community - now and into the future."

Fleet managers will be interested to see how the group implement road safety measures and improve the standard of care given to all road users.

Group leader Senator Alex Gallacher said the new initiative will put some of the biggest concerns facing drivers and fleets up for debate.

"This event and the formation of the group is a significant step in putting road safety back on the national political agenda," he said.

"Better roads, safer cars and greater road user education are necessary steps in avoiding tragic scenes witnessed daily across the country, and federal parliament is the best place from which to send a united message to every corner of this nation."

Industry support

We may not yet be able to see how the Parliamentary Friends of Road Safety will affect fleet services, though the new initiative has received a positive response from industry bodies.

The Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) said they applaud the decision to create the group under the leadership of Alex Gallacher.

Lauchlan McIntosh, ANCAP chairman and president of the ACRS, said the group's formation will hopefully bring road safety in line with other transport systems.

"Australia has been very successful with a range of programs to reduce road trauma over the last 40 years," he said.

"[By focusing] not only on education but innovation, vehicles and infrastructure, we should recognise that we can successfully design our roads system with the vision that no one should die or be injured unnecessarily."