The Australian road rules could be improved to ensure their benefit to the community, according to a National Transport Commission (NTC) discussion paper released on 2 November.
The Review of the Australian Road Rules and Australian Vehicle Standards Rules makes recommendations for improvements to ensure their relevance in today’s society. It was informed by extensive research including a nationwide survey of over 2,000 adult Australians.
The paper found that on average, changes to the road rules are implemented within 18 months but could be implemented sooner and on a common date across states and territories. This would help reduce deaths and injuries, where new or updated rules deliver large road safety benefits.
The paper also explores the effectiveness of the Australian Vehicle Standards Rules. The discussion paper is open for comment on the NTC website until 16 December 2011.
Submissions can be made via the NTC website (www.ntc.gov.au
) or by mail to Review of the Australian Road Rules and Australian Vehicle Standards Rules, National Transport Commission, Level 15/628 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000.
Feedback received during the consultation period will inform the development of a draft evaluation report for public consultation in April 2012.