Praise for road safety review

WALGA president Troy Pickard.
WALGA president Troy Pickard.

Mr Pickard said while the recommendations were logical and addressed key concerns, it was unclear how the proposed framework to allocate funding would address current constraints in existing governance arrangements.

He said the review proposed that the Road Safety Minister allocate funding according to a formula-driven approach.

‘The Association is concerned this may mean that the Road Trauma Trust Fund will remain dedicated to funding only projects that reduce fatal and serious crashes on State roads, ignoring the fact that 63 per cent of these accidents occur on local roads,’ Mr Pickard said.

Town of Claremont councillor Peter Browne was engaged by the Government last year to complete a review on the interaction between the Office of Road Safety and the Road Safety Council and other organisations.

He said one of his recommendations was that the process of allocating funds had to change. There needed to be a pre-determined funding break-up between public education, research and infrastructure.

‘There should be three road safety experts sitting on the Road Safety Council who offer expert advice on what projects get funding,’ Mr Browne said.

Traditionally, the majority of people were killed on country roads because of factors like run offs, inattention and fatigue, he said.

Mr Pickard said WALGA was working through the Browne Road Safety Review and would provide a submission by the end of October.