The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to working with the whole Tasmanian community towards our long-term vision of zero deaths or serious injuries on Tasmanian roads.
Today, alongside the Road Safety Advisory Council (RSAC), we are launching the development of a new, 10-year road safety strategy, which will be based on our Towards Zero goal.
This is an ambitious target, but it is one that we all should get behind because it is the only acceptable number of deaths or serious injuries on our roads.
The current Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2007-16 is nearing the end of its life, having directed Road Safety Levy funding to support a range of initiatives including safer road projects across Tasmania, the Learner Driver Mentor Program, electronic speed limit signs in school zones, and the Australasian New Car Assessment Program.
The next 10-year strategy will continue to invest in these types of safe system projects as well as looking for new and innovative measures to drive our road toll down towards zero.
While progress has been made under the current strategy, the sad reality is that 3287 people have been killed or seriously injured over the last 10 years.
This figure illustrates how road trauma touches a great many Tasmanians and why it is so important that we all take responsibility for road safety.
We are starting the development of the next 10-year strategy right now and we want to hear from both stakeholders and the wider community.
The extensive consultation will be conducted over two stages, with a public discussion paper expected to be released next year.
Further information regarding the development of the new strategy can be found on the RSAC’s website at www.rsac.tas.gov.au/towards-zero
Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure