The Federal Government has pledged an additional $2.2 billion in road safety funding in the upcoming federal budget.
In announcing the new funding, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the new funding will be administered by Federal, State and Local governments.
“These programs mean local councils decide where the money should be spent. They are in the best position to identify black spots and problem areas,” Mr Morrison said.
The funding will include:
An additional $1.1 billion in funding for local governments under the Roads to Recovery program, which allows investment in road safety infrastructure in regional Australia.
An extra $550 million for the successful Black Spot Program, which targets known high-risk locations and reduces serious crashes by 30 per cent, on average.
A further $571.1 million to improve the safety and efficiency of heavy vehicle operations through the Bridges Renewal Program, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiatives (HVSI).
Minister for Infrastructure Michael McCormack said a new Office of Road Safety will also be established with the funding.
“The Office of Road Safety will provide a national point for collaboration and leadership on key road safety priorities, working closely with states, territories, local government, and key road safety stakeholders,” Mr McCormack said.
Local Government bodies around the country welcomed the funding announcement, with LGNSW’s President Linda Scott saying that the announcement is a much needed injection for safety.
“We want everyone who travels on our roads to reach their destination safely, and all tiers of government must work together to keep reducing the road toll towards zero,” Cr Scott said.