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ACRS Weekly Alert No.209


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Dear Colleagues,

This week in the Alert we have the following notices, events and news:

ACRS NEWS & EVENTS


2016 AUSTRALASIAN ROAD SAFETY CONFERENCE: CANBERRA 6 - 8 SEPTEMBER 2016 - DRAFT PROGRAM RELEASED + MUCH MORE!  SEE THE LATEST ARSC2016 E-NEWS
 
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ARSC2016

Latest ARSC2016 e-Newsletter - The headlines!

 
 
  Latest News:  
    

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(Note: this is a Draft Program, and will remain subject to minor changes)
 
The ARSC2016 Scientific Sub-Committee and ARSC2016 Inviting Parties have been delighted with the response to  the Call for Abstracts for ARSC2016, ensuring a rigorous peer-review process has produced a first class conference program aimed at expediting road trauma reductions.

The Committee are now pleased to present the ARSC2016 Draft Program to all stakeholders, showcasing invited Keynote Speakers (more to be announced shortly),Plenary Panellists (more to come shortly), 10+ Symposia (90-minutes each), 35+Concurrent Sessions consisting of 150 presentations, and 40+ poster presentations.  A very full 3-day event!

The 3-day conference Program covers the 5 major topic areas aligned to the United Nation's 5 Pillars of Road Safety:

  • Road Safety Management: includes Practice, Policy, Enforcement, Capacity Building, Safe Mobility, Work Related Road Safety Management, Safe System Approach, Insurance, Legislation and Law, advent and implications of new technologies (e.g. autonomous/driverless vehicles) and impacts on the wide umbrella of road safety management/policies, potentially moving towards a complex system approach, how to deal with the complexities of collecting reliable and uniform serious injury data, how we can connect better with international communities and approaches to encourage best road safety outcomes globally, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment, etc
     
  • Road Infrastructure (Safer Roads): includes Road Safety Barriers, Safer Roadsides, Safety Audits, Road Assessment Programs e.g. AusRAP, KiwiRAP, iRAP, integration and best practice implementation of new technologies, intelligent road infrastructure, smart roads, self-explaining roads, learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc;
     
  • Safer Vehicles: includes Crashworthiness, Seat Belt Technology, ITS technology, Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA), Interlocks (alcohol and seat belts), Crash Avoidance, Autonomous Vehicles, Heavy Vehicles, New Car Assessment Programs, Design Rules, Vulnerable Road User Protection Technology (helmets, body armour, airbags, etc), Conspicuity, how car manufacturers/consumers are responding to the increasing call for safer vehicles, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc;
     
  • Road User Behaviour: includes Speed, Drink Driving, Drug Driving, Distraction, Human Error, Fatigue, Pedestrian, Cyclist and Motorcyclist Safety, Young and Older Drivers, Community, Education and Training, integration of new technologies, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc;
     
  • Post-Crash Care, Data and Crash Analysis: rescue, EMS and rehabilitation, data collection and research methods, forensic crash investigation, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc.
On behalf of the ARSC2016 Scientific Sub-Committee and the ARSC2016 Inviting Partners, we thank you for the strong support being shown for ARSC2016 in order to expedite road trauma reductions.  We would also like to thank our Team of ARSC2016 Sub-Committees, as well as around 40 Conference Editors and 100+ Peer-Reviewers ensuring a rigorous peer-review process brings you the best of the best papers, posters and presentations aimed at reducing road trauma., who are 
 

ARSC Scientific Sub-Committee Co-Chairs:
 
 

 
ARSC2016 Inviting Partners:
 


Read the Complete ARSC2016 e-Newsletter here.



ACRS FELLOW DR BARRY WATSON FACRS, CEO, GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY PARTNERSHIP BASED IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: STATEMENT SUPPORTING THE (SUBSEQUENTLY ADOPTED) ROAD SAFETY RESOLUTION AT THE RECENT MEETING OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY 

Eminent ACRS Fellow, Dr Barry Watson FACRS, CEO of the Global Road Safety Partnership, recently saw a career highlight when he spoke on behalf of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies at the United Nations General Assembly.  Barry's statement was in support of the subsequently adopted UN Resolution in support of 'Improving global road safety'.  The resolution, which was tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation, was co-sponsored by 55 governments.
 





Above: Dr Barry Watson FACRS
CEO, Global Road Safety Partnership
Statement to the UN General Assembly, 15 April 2016


Among key decisions, resolution A/70/L.44 reaffirms adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets on road safety outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:

  • SDG target 3.6, which aims to reduce global road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020 and
  • SDG target 11.2, which aims to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all by 2030.

The resolution acknowledges their importance and calls for action to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries as a pressing development priority. It also endorses the outcome document of the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, held in Brazil in November 2015, namely the "Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety".
 



Dr Barry Watson FACRS

CEO, Global Road Safety Partnership


Barry's statement to the UN General Assembly is copied below:

Mr. President,
 
Thank you for the opportunity to provide this brief statement on behalf of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies. 
 
The IFRC first recognized road safety as a humanitarian crisis in its 1998 World Disasters Report. Since this time, it has worked alongside its Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to undertake a variety of actions to enhance global road safety.  For example, our National Societies are widely recognized for the first aid services and training they provide. In addition, many are actively involved in working with their authorities to develop evidence-based road safety laws and policies, as well as delivering on-the-ground road safety initiatives. These efforts are supported by our hosted programme, the Global Road Safety Partnership, which works to establish partnerships with government, private sector and civil society organizations to enhance road safety – particularly in lower and middle income countries where the need is greatest.
 
Mr. President,
 
We are now at the mid-point of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and considerable progress has been made to address this man-made crisis. In this regard, the IFRC would like to commend all those who contributed to the establishment of the Decade of Action and have worked tirelessly to achieve its goals.  More recently, the inclusion of truly ambitious road safety-related targets in the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Secretary General’s appointment of a Special Envoy for Road Safety, and the organization of the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brazil have provided much-needed political impetus for further global action.  
 
However, so much more still needs to be done, and policies must now be put into effect. While the latest data from the World Health Organization suggests that road fatalities have stabilized at 1.25 million per year, the human and economic costs of road crashes remain staggering.  From a humanitarian perspective, the risk of death or injury on the road remains ever-present in many communities around the world. For example, there are cities and towns where vehicles travel at up to 100 km/h through school zones because the road police have no authority or resources to prevent it; where injured road users are provided with no assistance due to a lack of legal protection for Good Samaritans in their country;  where adults and children falling from motorbikes suffer life-altering head injuries because they are either not required to wear a helmet or only have access to substandard helmets offering little protection.  Events like this happen every day –  and are happening right now – all over the world. The reality is that if you are poor or if you live in a rapidly motorizing country, you are likely to experience road trauma firsthand.
 
Mr. President,
 
Changes need to occur at a local, national and global level if we are going to achieve our ambitious road safety goals. Of particular importance is the need to build strong multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
 
In this regard, we welcome the resolution before you, which lays out clear actions for Member States, UN agencies and other relevant stakeholders. In particular, we support the call for governments to pass and implement strong road safety policies which are locally relevant and evidence-based.  To maximize their effectiveness, these policies should be consistently and uniformly enforced and adequately resourced.  More broadly, there is a need for more attention, political will and resources to be devoted to road safety.
 
For its part, the IFRC will continue to work with all member states and relevant organizations to realize the goals of this resolution. Achieving ambitious road safety targets will not only benefit society as a whole, but particularly assist the poorest and most vulnerable among us, ensuring that no one is left behind.

 

Please find more information at the following related links:
 

MEMBER NEWS: POSITION VACANT - DIRECTOR, MONASH UNIVERSITY ACCIDENT RESEARCH CENTRE - CLOSING DATE FRIDAY 20 MAY 2016

 

Director, Monash University Accident Research Centre

 
The University

Monash University is a highly ranked, energetic and dynamic university committed to quality education, outstanding research and international engagement. One of Australia's Group of Eight research intensive universities, it strives to make a positive impact through collaboration with others and is committed to a sustainable future.

The University has an annual budget of approximately AUD$1.8 billion, over 67,000 students enrolled across its Australian and off-shore campuses, and employs in excess of 8,000 staff.

The Opportunity

Established in 1987, the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is one of the most significant injury research facilities of its kind in the world. MUARC brings an interdisciplinary perspective and safe systems-based approach, focused on the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of injury across transport, workplace, home and community settings. The Centre draws upon the substantial strengths Monash has in all the core disciplines of statistics, engineering, epidemiology, health sciences and behavioural sciences.

The University is seeking an outstanding individual to provide strong leadership to MUARC in all aspects of strategy, management and financial viability to increase the quality, scale and impact of injury research and education at Monash. In particular, the role calls for exceptional stakeholder management skills and the ability to drive contract, consulting and grant income for the Centre. This is an exciting opportunity for a visionary leader to take MUARC to a new level of impact and prominence. The role requires a strong appreciation and commitment to interdisciplinary opportunities and the capacity to engage successfully across the faculties and the broader Monash academic community to facilitate and coordinate University-wide research endeavours. While the Director will require a national or international reputation in the field of injury prevention or a cognate field, a background in higher education is not essential.

 

Closing date

Friday 20 May 2016

Enquiries

For a confidential discussion, please contact Bill Kett at Heidrick & Struggles on +61 3 9012 3043. To obtain an information pack or apply, please email monashdirmuarc@heidrick.com

 

MEMBER NEWS: POSITION VACANT - DIRECTOR, TAC SAFE SYSTEM ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM - CLOSING DATE MON 16 MAY 2016

Director, Safe System Road Infrastructure Program

  • Community Relations division
  • Executive position
  • Full time – 3 year fixed term contract
  • Attractive Salary

ABOUT THE ROLE

At the TAC you will join a talented and committed team caring for Victorians.  You will be challenged, developed, rewarded and recognised for your performance.  Other benefits include flexible working arrangements, ability to purchase extra annual leave, health and well-being program and an internal recruitment policy focussed on your career.

The Project Director – Safe System Road Infrastructure Program is responsible for overseeing the TAC's funding and governance of a large infrastructure program within the Government's Road Safety Strategy and the TAC Safe System Road Infrastructure Program, and play a leading role in facilitating the transition of Victoria to a Safe System state.

ABOUT YOU

Operating at an executive level it is expected the successful candidate will have outstanding communication and stakeholder management skills with the ability to develop, lead and manage critical business relationships both internal and external to the business, at all levels of management.

Specialised knowledge of road safety infrastructure, management and the Safe System approach along with experience in translating safe system principles to practical applications is also essential. Further key requirements are outlined in the position description.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Applications will close on Monday 16 May at 10.00am.  Find more information on the TAC Website.

 

MEMBER NEWS: AUSTRALIAN DRIVER TRAINERS ASSOCIATION VICTORIA SUPPORTS 2016 NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK

As part of this year’s National Road Safety Week the President of ADTAV Stan Gates and the Minister for Road Safety the Honourable Luke Donnellan MP launched ADTAV’s 2016 Road Safety Campaign designed to raise community awareness of the need to involve supervising drivers in driving lessons with their young drivers.
 


In launching the campaign Minister Donnellan said “despite a decrease in the number of young lives lost over the years, young newly licensed drivers still represent a high-risk group and road crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for people aged 18 to 25 years”.

“The Government is committed to improving youth road safety and the $146m Young Driver Safety Package is a key component of that commitment,” said Minister Donnellan.

Background
During 2015, the ADTAV Council confirmed its strategic direction – to increase its members' professionalism and raise public awareness of its contribution to driver training and road safety. “ADTAV recognises that it has a broader role to play in road safety by ensuring safe drivers for life” says ADTAV’s Chief Executive, Jenny Ravlic.

Road Safety Initiative
ADTAV Council recently determined to launch a road safety initiative during this year’s Road Safety Week focusing on training opportunities for learner permit holders with their supervising drivers.

ADTAV’s 2016 Road Safety Campaign is designed to recognise the shared responsibility for developing safe drivers:

  • professional driver trainers being responsible for development of skills and acquisition of knowledge; and
  • supervising drivers being responsible for the application of skills and knowledge through 120 hours of driving experience.

Minister Donnellan went on to say “for most young people, parents play the key role of supervising driver and professional driver trainers can greatly enhance this partnership”.

Read the Complete Media Release here.

 

SENATE INQUIRY INTO ASPECTS OF ROAD SAFETY IN AUSTRALIA: INTERIM REPORT RELEASED 

On 30 October 2014, the Senate moved that the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 9 September 2015.

Aspects of road safety in Australia, having particular regard to:

a. the social and economic cost of road-related injury and death;
b. the importance of design standards on imported vehicles, as Australian vehicle manufacturing winds down;
c. the impact of new technologies and advancements in understanding of vehicle design and road safety;
d. the different considerations affecting road safety in urban, regional and rural areas;
e. other associated matters.


The Committee have recently released an Interim Report, including the following 17 recommendations:

Recommendation 1
1.44 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government commit $150 000 for three years from 2016-17 to fund the continued operation of the Australian Trauma Registry.

Recommendation 2
1.66 The committee recommends that the National Transport Commission amend the model Australian Road Rules to mandate a safe passing distance for drivers overtaking cyclists of one metre where the speed limit is 60 kilometres per hour or lower and 1.5 metres where the speed limit is higher.

Recommendation 3
1.74 The committee recommends that the National Transport Commission re-establish a national consultative committee on motorcycle safety.

Recommendation 4
1.75 The committee recommends that the National Transport Commission develop and implement a national strategy for motorcycle safety.

Recommendation 5
2.45 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government commit increased financial support to Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) over the forward estimates.

Recommendation 6
2.46 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government work with state and territory governments to ensure that display of Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety ratings becomes mandatory at point of sale.

Recommendation 7
2.49 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government continues to fund Monash University Accident  Research Centre to produce the Used Car Safety Ratings.

Recommendation 8
2.61 The committee recommends that the Australian Design Rules be immediately amended to require all new light vehicles sold in Australia from 1 June 2017 be fitted with automatic emergency braking technology.

Recommendation 9
3.32 The committee recommends that Commonwealth Government increase funding to the Black Spot Programme and increase the percentage allocated to regional and remote areas.

Recommendation 10
3.33 The committee recommends that the definition of 'black spot' be revised to account for the dispersed nature of accidents in regional and remote areas.

Recommendation 11
3.40 The committee recommends that Commonwealth, state and territory governments work with police agencies to increase the number of point-to-point speed cameras in regional and remote areas.

Recommendation 12
3.50 The committee recommends that the Australian Curriculum includes road awareness training for both primary and secondary school students.

Recommendation 13
3.52 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government in the 2018–2020 National Road Safety Strategy Action Plan commit to the introduction of accredited post-licence driver education programs.

Recommendation 14
3.57 The committee recommends that Austroads work with state and territory driver licensing authorities to introduce compulsory first aid training as a condition of receiving a learner's permit or renewing a drivers licence.

Recommendation 15
4.20 The committee recommends that Australian Skills Quality Authority conduct an audit of all heavy vehicle driver training facilities (registered training organisations) in Australia.

Recommendation 16
4.29 The committee recommends that all visa holders undergo driver skill tests before their heavy vehicle driving licences are recognised in Australia.

Recommendation 17
4.36 The committee recommends that the Western Australian and Northern Territory governments continue to work with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator towards their adoption of the National Heavy Vehicle Law.

Read the Complete Interim Report here.

 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE ACRS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD VIA TELECONFERENCE: TUESDAY 17 MAY 2016 



ACRS 2016 AGM Alert

ACRS 2016 Australasian AGM
Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 1:30pm AEST
via teleconference

 

As an ACRS member you are warmly invited to participate in the 2016 ACRS AGM to be held Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 1:30pm AEST via teleconference.

The AGM provides an opportunity for members to be informed of ACRS activities, be involved in the future direction of the College, and to nominate for any vacant position(s) on the ACRS Australasian Executive Committee.  One position on the Executive Committee is currently vacant and may be filled at the 2016 AGM.

Please download AGM documentation as follows:

Please ensure your attendance/apology/proxy form is returned to Christine Bethwaite at the ACRS Office by 1:00pm Monday 16 May 2016 (f: 02 6290 0914 or e: faa@acrs.org.au).  Please contact the ACRS Office on p: 02 6290 2509 or e: faa@acrs.org.au for further information.

The
ACRS 2016 AGM e-Alert may be viewed here.

 

ALL WELCOME AT THE ACRS CHAPTER AGMs! 



ACRS 2016 AGM Alert
 

VIC CHAPTER AGM
  • Level 27, 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
  • Tuesday 17 May 2016 - 12:30pm
QLD CHAPTER AGM
  • CARRS-Q
  • At June 2016 meeting - date and time to be advised.
For further information about these regional AGM's please contact Christine Bethwaite at ACRS on faa@acrs.org.au

OTHER EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES


LATEST AUSTROADS E-NEWSLETTER: LATEST BOARD COMMUNIQUE, NEW PROGRAM MANAGERS, LATEST PUBLICATIONS & MUCH MORE! MAY 2016

AustroadsNews | May 2016 

Welcome to the May edition of AustroadsNews. This newsletter introduces our new Program Managers, provides a run-down on our latest publications, links to other relevant work in Australasia and elsewhere, and links to upcoming seminars and conferences.  The latest newsletter includes the following items:

  1. Austroads Board Meeting No.23 Communique
  2. Meet the new Austroads Program Managers - With the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan due to be implemented in July, the managers leading the new Assets, Safety and Network Programs and the Connected and Automated Vehicles Project have now been appointed. The Task Forces and current Program Managers and Coordinators have been developing work programs for the first 12 months of the strategic plan period and the Board have commended their work. We welcome the new Program Managers and are pleased to introduce you to them below.:

                   

                   

                   

                   
     
  3. Improving the safety performance of local roads
  4. RAP guidance provides performance certainty
  5. Better understanding the relationship between disadvantage and road safety
  6. Local area traffic management guidance updated
  7. World Road Association: Committee Reports and Latest Technical Reports
  8. New road freight figures to inform road planning
  9. Trucks to 'talk' to traffic lights to tackle congestion
  10. Smart parking trial begins in Manuka
  11. Road Safety Reports

Read the Complete e-Newsletter here.
 


ONE MORE SECOND ROAD SAFETY MAGAZINE (US): MAY 2016 EDITION


One More Second is an interactive road safety magazine based in the US, bringing its readers the latest driving, vehicle and safety related news from around the globe.

We will provide road safety news, interviews with industry experts, useful advice, reference guides, tips for parents of teen drivers, a technology zone, competitions for prizes, access to competitive insurance services, as well as provide a platform for you to share your real-life stories of incidents, collisions and near misses on the roads.

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Sharing the road is a key theme the May 2016 issue of 1 More Second. In the USA, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which aims to raise motorists’ awareness of motorcycle safety challenges and riding practices to increase safety for all road users. On the same theme but a different scale we turn to trucks and, with the help of an experienced Australian trucking advocate, offer advice on how other road users can share the road with trucks safely.

This month, road users are also being called upon to be ‘road safety heroes’ by Brake, the road safety charity, in advance of Road Safety Week New Zealand. The charity is highlighting the simple things everyone can do to help make the roads a safer place.

Also this month we bring you the outcome of the first ever safety rating to be issued by Euro NCAP that takes into account autonomous emergency braking (AEB), we question former Canada’s Worst Driver judge Scott Marshall on the worst thing he’s seen and we ask, ‘Can removing traffic signs and road markings make our roads safer?’

Read the Complete Magazine here.

 

CONNECTED AUTONOMY IN SMART CITIES 'ITS SUMMIT 2016': BRISBANE - MON 23 - TUES 24 MAY 2016

Hosted by ITS Australia in partnership with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

  • 23 – 24 May 2016
  • Room 360, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

ITS Australia is pleased to confirm Minister Mark Bailey and BMW Group, Vice President for Quality Management, Volker Richter will present at the Summit. 

With only a few places left, book your seat now to join ITS speakers from government, industry, business and around the world.   Don’t miss your chance to hear the latest on future mobility, transportation, infrastructure technology, regulation and Smart Cities.  Be part of it and explore new networking opportunities.

Read more on the Event e-Flyer here.


ROAD SAFETY WEEK NEW ZEALAND:  MON 16 - SUN 22 MAY 2016

Road Safety Week is a community event held annually in May, promoted by Brake but run by road safety stakeholders. It's your opportunity to get great publicity and attention for a road safety campaign run by you in your town, company, club, school or kindy. Whoever you are, wherever you live, help raise awareness of the terrible carnage on NZ roads by getting involved in Road Safety Week. Use the links below to sign up, find out more, and get planning!

Sign up
To keep you informed about the week as it approaches and get free resources to use during the week.

You can also order extra resources to support your activities. 

Get planning!
Whether you are a school, kindy, company, emergency or road safety professional, or community group, it's easy to get involved in Road Safety Week. Scroll down this page to find out about the theme of Road Safety Week then check out our Road Safety Week planning tips for ideas of activities to set up.

Read more on the Road Safety Week Website.

 

SAFE DRIVING CAMPAIGN: EMOTIVE VIDEO TARGETING MOBILE USE WHILE DRIVING WINS STUDENT ROAD SAFETY COMPETITION

A focus on being alert and living in the moment saw a Swinburne University communications student named inaugural winner of a road safety competition designed to help combat growing unsafe use of mobile phones while driving.
Chloe Young’s unique approach to the issue, which resulted in a highly emotive video, was judged the most outstanding entry in the competition. Hard Edge brand communications agency partnered with Swinburne University to create the competition. 

Managing Director Andrew Hardwick is also a member of the Safe Use of Mobiles in Vehicles (SUMV) Subcommittee. The SUMV Subcommittee is a group of companies and road safety organisations that have come together to highlight road safety. Mobile phone use while driving is a key social issue it is pursuing. 

Ahead of national Road Safety Week this week, students presented their entries to a panel of judges that included SUMV Subcommittee members Hard Edge, Transurban, TAC, Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) and National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP).

As part of her prize, Chloe won funding to activate her idea on campus and a one-­-month paid internship at Hard Edge.

With young drivers over represented in road fatalities and research suggesting use of mobile phones while driving reflects a larger issue –mobile phone addiction – the competition challenged Swinburne Communication and Digital Media Design students to develop a creative execution that created awareness about the issue and influenced behaviour among their peer age group.

The judges praised the high standard of ideas presented, which ranged from bumper stickers featuring unique characters, posters in university car parks, a phone app encouraging young people to restore life balance by reducing mobile phone use, and user-­-generated content campaigns to broadcast messages of real-­- world consequences of texting and driving.  

“Young drivers are over represented in Victoria's road fatalities; they make up around 11-­-14% of licence holders but account for around 20-­-25% of driver fatalities each year,” the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) Samantha Buckis said. “Given the high risk for young drivers, it is important to provide them with the information and tools to help them make safer decisions.”

Transurban’s Head of Health, Safety and Environment Joanna Knight, added: “Being a major road operator across Australia, safety is our major priority. Minimising distraction at the wheel is one of the keys to reducing road accidents.”

Melinda Spiteri, RACV Road User Behaviour Manager claims, “Mobile phone use can be a dangerous distraction to drivers. It was very impressive to see the innovative way that the students addressed this road safety issue.”

NRSPP Manager Jerome Carslake described the quality of the campaign presentations as “mind blowing. The strength of ideas met the scope and exceeded it,” he said. “Viewing mobile phone use as a broader culture issue meant the campaign could have lasting effects by changing habits.”

Hard Edge’s Andrew Hardwick, who has personally felt the impact of the mobile phone use while driving of another road user, said the road safety competition was an opportunity to give back to the community while providing students real-­- world experience in creating campaigns.

Read more on the NRSPP Website.



2016 ROADS AUSTRALIA NATIONAL ROADS SUMMIT AND JOHN SHAW DINNER: SYDNEY - THURS 19 - FRI 20 MAY 2016   

Building on the success of last year's regional conference, the 2016 RA National Roads Summit will once again bring together experts and industry leaders from around Australia and overseas to focus the spotlight on the issues and challenges that shape our industry, now and into the future.
 
The theme of this year's Summit is All Roads Lead to a Connected Future – how to efficiently connect people to their jobs, homes and open spaces. Over two days we will explore questions like:

  • How does our road and transport infrastructure need to adapt to meet the challenges and opportunities of smart, connected and more liveable cities?
  • What new and emerging technologies do we need to understand, and how will they impact on the way we plan, design and deliver our road infrastructure?
  • How are we preparing for connected vehicles, and how is 'big data' going to impact on the road transport space?

Covering the issues that count

The program will include specific sessions and expert speakers on:

  • procurement,
  • planning/design/delivery,
  • sustainability,
  • ITS,
  • road safety and
  • materials/specifications

Read more on the Event Website.


AUSTRALIA'S LAWS ARE NOT READY FOR DRIVERLESS VEHICLES: NATIONAL TRANSPORT COMMISSION

The National Transport Commission today released Regulatory options for automated vehicles – a discussion paper that finds a number of barriers to increasing vehicle automation.  

The paper proposes that there are barriers that need to be addressed as soon as possible to ensure clarity around the status of more automated vehicles on Australia’s roads and to support further trials.  In the longer term other legislative barriers will need to be addressed to allow fully driverless vehicles in the future.

“Australia’s laws need to be ready for the biggest change to our transport system since cars replaced horses,” Mr Retter said.  “Amending these laws shouldn’t be hard, but making sure the new laws are nationally consistent and encourage innovation while ensuring the safety of all road users will be important.

“The NTC will take recommendations to Australia’s transport ministers when they meet in November. Stakeholders now have the opportunity tell us how to make sure we have the best possible national laws for our national economy and our local communities.”

Some of the questions that will need to be resolved include:

How can governments enable on-road trials of automated vehicles nationally?

How can governments help clarify who is controlling a vehicle when the human driver is not driving? Or when control can alternate between a human and an automated driving system?

How should the requirement that a driver must have proper control of a vehicle be interpreted by police when there is no human driver?

What should happen to the range of laws that put obligations on a human driver of a vehicle such as:

  • Rendering assistance after a crash
  • Complying with directions from police
  • Paying any tolls or fines incurred.

It is also not clear whether people injured in a crash with an automated vehicle will always be able to claim insurance under compulsory third party insurance or state-based accident compensation schemes.

These issues involve fundamental questions about how governments ensure our roads are safe.

Read the Complete Media Release here.

 

UPCOMING AUSTRALASIAN FLEET MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FORUMS

Professional Development events include all the red hot discussion topics chosen to meet the needs and changes in the fleet sector. They're hand-picked by our State Chapter Committees based on the voice of our Members. 

 
10 May 2016
TOPICS: 
When can I drive? Driving following a limb injury
Fringe Benefit Tax: How does it impact my fleet?
 
Book Now

 
19 May 2016
TOPICS
Eyes on the Road: Integration of camera technology into fleet management
Lift Your Fleet's Profile: An approach for long standing fleet managers
Book Now
12 May 2016
TOPICS: 
Workplace Road Safety: Looking beyond the role of the driver
Fringe Benefit Tax: How does it impact my fleet?
Book Now

 
24 May 2016
TOPICS
Commonwealth Games 2018: Fleet challenges on a global scale. Presented by Rebecca Sturgeon.


 
Book Now
17 May 2016
TOPICS
Main Roads: Meeting the
challenges of the future
TBC:

 
Book Now

 
26 May 2016
2016 Planning Session. The event is open to all personnel working and servicing the fleet sector. 
Help us restructure the way AfMA supports the Tasmanian Fleet sector.
 
Book Now
 


Find out more on the AfMA Website.



TRANSAFE WA FREE 10TH ROAD TRANSPORT INDUSTRY SAFETY FORUM: PERTH - WED 1 JUN 2016

Transafe WA are pleased to invite you to our 10th Road Transport Industry Safety Forum.  Another great line-up of presentations will include:

  • An opening address from The Hon Dean Nalder MLA, Minister for Transport
  • A panel discussion that will highlight the key components of a safer industry, and what’s being done to prioritise these
  • Main Roads on audits, triggered audits and mass management
  • Telematics for safety and compliance
  • Mental health and depression in the trucking industry
  • The ATA Safety Truck tour of WA
  • Open discussion

The details:

  • Date: Wednesday 1 June, 2016
  • Time: 5.30pm (sharp) start until 9.30pm (a light meal will be served)
  • New Venue: CJD Trucks/Kenworth DAF, Perth - 787 Abernethy Road, Forrestfield WA

And it’s all FREE, but registration must be completed to reserve a place by following this link.

 

2016 AFMA FLEET MANAGEMENT AWARDS: NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!

2016 AFMA Fleet Awards - Nominations Open!

Who is the greatest fleet manager of them all?

It's the time of year when AFMA recognises and celebrates the most impressive efforts in fleet management for 2015/16.
Who's had the greatest influence for change in fleet management, gone the extra distance, saved the most CO2 emissions, taken the biggest steps toward safety or even helped others in their endeavours?

What to do:  Simply email us at info@afma.net.au with the following details:

  • Nominee name:
  • Organisation:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • Send. Job done! We'll do the rest.

Get your nominations in for these three awards:

  1. Fleet Manager of the Year - Presented to an individual demonstrating excellence across the field of Fleet Management. 
  2. Fleet Environment Award - Presented to an organisation for outstanding achievement in running a green fleet as part of a sustainability fleet policy.
  3. Fleet Safety Award - Presented to an organisation demonstrating best practice in Fleet Safety.

Nominations close Tuesday 30 June 2016.  Find more information on the AFMA Website.

 

TRUCKING AUSTRALIA 2016: GOLD COAST - THURS 23 TO SAT 25 JUNE - 2016 FULL PROGRAM RELEASED


 

Get better results for your industry at Trucking Australia, where every delegate plays a role in shaping the future of the Australian trucking industry.   Trucking Australia is all about action. You’ll be invited to share your experiences as we develop industry action plans for the big issues facing trucking. 

You’ll be able to add directly to the plans through the on-floor discussions, delegate surveys, and real-time social media feeds. These plans are then fed into the ATA’s strategic plan, so you decide how the ATA tackles these issues in our industry. 

You’ll also take away valuable insights and training to apply directly in your own business, with a business contracts masterclass and the MT Data Business lunch.

For more information please see the Event Website.

OTHER NEWS


(Other news' outlines articles circulating in the public domain, listed in random order. Inclusion does not imply endorsement.)

WHEELS NOT IN MOTION: AUSTRALIA RUNNING SHORT OF TRUCKIES

Australia is rapidly running short of truck drivers, and is on course for an economic hit in the next decade as transport companies increasingly fail to find enough staff to meet the growing demand to move freight.  A large-scale survey of the trucking industry has found that it is ageing, overwhelmingly male and on the cusp of a big slump in driver numbers, with one in five working drivers at retirement age.

The average age of an Australian truck driver is 47, the survey found, up from 43 just two years ago.  Less than one in five truck drivers in Australia is aged under 30, while women make up just 3 per cent of the workforce.

Projections show the amount of freight required to be moved by truck in Australia will double between 2010 and 2030 and Victoria's Transport Department has suggested in a 2010 report that the industry must step up its recruitment rates by 150 per cent to meet demand.

The looming skills shortage is considered so urgent that the $40 billion road transport industry will this year take radical action and begin touring primary schools to encourage children to consider a career as a truck driver.  The recruitment drive is allied with a new truck safety campaign targeted at children, Stop, Look Wave, which launched in Melbourne this week with the involvement of grade one students from Glen Iris Primary School.

The program is being led by Volvo, which manufactures heavy vehicles in Australia and also commissioned the survey of 547 transport businesses.

Read the Entire Story here.
 


PERIL ON THE PAVEMENTS AS PLAGUE OF SPEEDING SCOOTERS BRINGS INJURY AND DEATH

The rise of mobility scooters in Australia is putting people at risk of serious injuries and death, prompting calls for helmets and other protective measures to be considered.

Doctors are concerned about an increasing number of people in motorised wheelchairs colliding with cars, pedestrians and other objects on footpaths, roads and in shopping centres.

Following estimates that at least 230,000 Australians use motorised wheelchairs that can travel at up to 10km/h (double a brisk walking pace), Dr Edward Gibson studied how many people had landed in South Australian hospitals because of them.

His audit found that, between 2010 and 2015, 81 patients had been injured by mobility scooters in some way, including 12 people who were not riding them but got caught up in accidents involving them.
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While the youngest patient was six and the oldest 90, the average age of the injured patients was 68.  One third of them had suffered head injuries and one third had fractured bones, most commonly in their arms and hands.  Two thirds of the 81 patients needed to be admitted to hospital for further treatment.

Dr Gibson, a surgical registrar at Adelaide's Lyell McEwin Hospital said 12 per cent of the patients were scooter riders who had collided with cars.  Many of the remaining people had crashed their scooter in some other way.  For example, he said some may have lost their balance on a rocky path and tipped it over and some may have suffered a heart problem which caused them to lose control and crash into a stationary object.

The data follows a study commissioned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in 2010 which reported 62 deaths involving mobility scooters between 2000 and 2010 across Australia and 442 hospitalisations.

While different states have different laws governing how scooter riders should behave (most ask them to follow pedestrian road rules), Dr Gibson said only Queensland required mobility scooters to be registered.  The regulations governing their manufacture are voluntary and while they are not meant to exceed speeds of 10km/h, Dr Gibson said some of them which weigh 100-150 kilograms may be going faster than that.  "It's not like anyone is using a radar to check their speeds," he said.

Furthermore, Dr Gibson said there were no consistent rules governing the assessment of who could use a mobility scooter and whether they should be trained to use one.

Read the Full Story here.


ANCAP RECEIVES CONTINUING SUPPORT TO ENSURE SAFER CARS

06 May 2016

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT:
ANCAP receives continuing support to ensure safer cars

The Australian Government will provide $2.2 million to continue support for the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) over the next two years.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester announced the Government’s continued commitment to ANCAP during National Road Safety Week.  “The Australian Government aims for a safe system approach to reducing road trauma through safer drivers on safer roads in safer vehicles,” Mr Chester said.

“Road crashes devastate too many families and communities with over 1200 lives lost each year and more than 30,000 seriously injured. “Safety should be top-of-mind every time we get in our cars and Australians need to be mindful of the benefits of purchasing cars with high safety ratings.

“When purchasing a vehicle, it is important to remember that not all cars are created equal. The combination of a sound structure and good restraint systems will provide the best chance of survival in a crash. While cars with active safety technologies, such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), could in fact prevent a crash altogether,” Mr Chester said.

ANCAP Chair, Wendy Machin said it is encouraging that the Australian Government has again affirmed its commitment to ANCAP and promoting safer vehicles for a further two years with the potential for further long term support.

“This support, teamed with the long-term commitment of our other 22 member organisations, will further enhance our safety rating program as we move to ensure testing remains relevant over the next few years. Consumers will have greater information and choice which will encourage vehicle importers to ensure we have world best practice safety in our cars,” Ms Machin said.

“The ANCAP program is evolving to keep pace with new safety technologies and the progression to vehicle automation. We are developing a new global test protocol with our European counterparts so that vehicle crash test data can be shared between the organisations from 2018.”

For a full list of ANCAP's vehicle safety ratings and other vehicle safety information, visit www.ancap.com.au.

 

VIC NEWS: ROAD RAGE IGNITING ON CLOGGED STREETS AROUND MELBOURNE SCHOOLS 

Parents are being asked to drop off and fetch their kids up to 1km away from schools as road rage ignites on clogged streets.   Fed-up parents have exposed some of Melbourne’s worst schools for parking woes, with selfish and reckless drivers being named and shamed on social media.

Mums and dads who park on footpaths, across driveways and even in the middle of congested streets when collecting and dropping off children are causing angry residents to fight back.

The Herald Sun has been told of cases of residents menacing parents by pretending to drive into them when blocking their driveways, cars speeding off in 40km/zones in front of children, and council officers being abused for handing out fines.

The Education Department is so concerned about dangerous behaviour outside schools it has set up a School Safety Panel to find ways to reduce the risks.  Principals say moves to roll out “walking buses” in a bid to address car chaos had been hampered by a failure to attract enough volunteers.

Cardinia Shire Council has led the way with Stop and Drop zones at 11 locations up to 1km around local schools. Children are to be dropped off at 8.30am, and can walk, skate or ride their bikes to the gate.

Schools battling the parking problem include Cranbourne East Primary School, which has to repeatedly request parents not to park on nature strips, block driveways or use the staff carpark as a thoroughfare.

Hazel Glen College in Doreen told parents of the “congestion and significant danger” arising from parents using the staff carpark as a drop-off point.  Parking is also frequently an issue outside Deepdene Primary School.

Read the Complete Story here.

 

MORE VIC NEWS: DRINK DRIVE BLOW IN INTERLOCK PLAN 

More than 6600 of our youngest or worst drink-­drivers will be forced to install alcohol interlocks before getting behind the wheel again, after a legal crackdown.  There have been 2700 bloody idiots processed in Victorian courts or at Vic­Roads to have interlocks fitted in the past year, after new laws were introduced in late 2014.  An extra 3900 will join them if they want to get their licences back, after failing breath tests in the past year.  If a vehicle has an interlock, drivers must do a breath test on the device before starting the engine.

The 2014 laws mean that drink-drivers have to spend about $1600 to get an interlock with a camera attached if they record a blood-alcohol content reading of 0.07 or more, were a learner or P-plater with any alcohol in their system, or if they were repeat offenders who blew up to 0.07.

Police statistics show that 5130 motorists were nabbed with a BAC greater than 0.07 last year, and 1483 learner and probationary drivers were caught with some alcohol in their system.  But the number of young or ­serious drink-drivers was down on the previous year.

Police spokeswoman Clair White said officers were aiming at drivers who had been drinking or doing drugs.  She said repeat ­offenders found with a combination of drugs and alcohol in their system could face $40,000 fines or prison.

VicRoads vehicle and road-use policy director, Robyn Seymour, said 2009 people had interlocks fitted through the agency’s program, while another 739 people who blew over 0.10 had been processed through the Magistrates’ Court.

“Alcohol interlocks are an important road-safety device in our efforts to reduce and eliminate drink-driving,” she said, adding cameras on interlocks were used to ensure the offender was the one driving the car and providing interlock readings.  “Cameras assists VicRoads and the courts in determining if a drink-driver is ready to have their interlock condition removed,” she said.

Read the Entire Article here.


QLD NEWS: ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR THOSE WHO WORK ON ROADS 

The RACQ has officially launched a road safety campaign today raising awareness of the dangers faced by those people who work on Queensland roads.  The Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week campaign (2-8 May) highlighted the daily threat to the thousands of emergency first responders such as police, ambulance, and fire and rescue personnel, the RACQ's roadside assistance patrols, and tow truck operators.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said too often motorists were blind to those working on the roadside.  "Roadside workers spend their days in high-risk and often high-speed environments, risking their lives to protect others," Ms Ritchie said.  We're urging all our members and other motorists in Queensland to slow down and give road workers - emergency or otherwise - plenty of space."

Ms Ritchie said in the past four years, support for the initiative had grown rapidly to include state governments, auto clubs and many other organisations around Australia.  "Sadly, during that time there have been a number of serious injuries and fatalities here in Queensland involving road construction workers, traffic controllers and motorists stranded by the roadside," Ms Ritchie said.  "During this week our fleet of 800 roadside assistance, traffic response and other vehicles will be flying yellow ribbons or stickers to highlight the road safety message."

Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week was launched in 2012 by Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Inc. following a fatal crash on the Hume Highway.   A young woman, Sarah Frazer, who was broken down on the side of the highway and the tow-truck operator who came to her rescue died after being side-swiped by a passing truck.

Read the Complete Article here.

 

MORE QLD NEWS: BRISBANE DEPUTY MAYOR ADRIAN SCHRINNER BACKS VOLUNTARY HELMET TRIALS FOR CYCLISTS 

Brisbane could offer itself up as a trial location for voluntary helmet laws for cyclists should a Senate inquiry open the door to legislative change, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.  Adrian Schrinner, also Brisbane City Council's public and active transport committee chairman, said helmets should not be compulsory for adult cyclists riding in "low-risk" environments.

His comments came after the council's transport strategy manager Andrew Lintern gave a presentation to the committee about the so-called "nanny state" Senate inquiry, spearheaded by Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm.  Mandatory helmet laws quickly emerged, much to the libertarian Senator Leyonhjelm's surprise, as a key focus of the inquiry.

Cr Schrinner said he would await the inquiry's findings, due on June 13, with interest and offered Brisbane up as a possible trial city for more relaxed helmet laws.  "It's worth remembering that a number of cycling groups are calling for this themselves, so it's a bit of a passion for cyclists," he said.

Last month, Brisbane cycling groups identified mandatory helmet laws as one of the biggest impediments to the council's CityCycle bike hire scheme.  "If you're looking at people making short trips in the CBD, where there's a 40km/h speed limit, it's a low-speed environment and that might be an opportunity to trial voluntary helmet use," Cr Schrinner said.

Mr Lintern told the committee the council did not make any submissions to the Senate inquiry, but had contributed to a Queensland state government inquiry in 2013.

That state inquiry recommended a 24-month trial that would exempt cyclists aged 16 years and over from the mandatory helmet road rule when riding in parks, on footpaths and shared cycle paths, and on roads with a speed limit of 60km/hr or less.

Read the Entire Story here.

 

MORE QLD NEWS: OPTIONAL BICYCLE HELMET TRIAL MOOTED, SLAMMED AND QUASHED WITHIN 8 MINUTES 

Would you wear a bicycle helmet if you didn't have to? Or is that helmet the obstacle that stands between you and two-wheeled freedom?  Cr Adrian Schrinner is Deputy Mayor of Brisbane and also the Chair of the city's Public and Active Transport Committee. He spoke with 612's Rachel Fountain about the latest research he's encountered on compulsory helmet laws and why he wants Brisbane to be chosen for a trial of optional helmet use.

Keep listening for Australian Medical Association Vice-President, Emergency Physician Dr Steve Parnis. Then State Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey, himself a cyclist, rules out a trial.

Read the Full Story here.

 

ACT NEWS: ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS LAUNCH 

Drivers who use mobile phones behind the wheel will be the target of an intensified police campaign for the fourth annual Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week.  The Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Rudi Lammers, launched the National Road Safety Week alongside Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury in Ainslie Place on Monday. 

The theme for this year's campaign is "Stop Driving Blind!" and Mr Lammers said police will be "on the hunt" for people who text and use social media while driving.

"Every single second that people are distracted could mean a fatality on our roads," he said. The campaign was launched in front of a display of empty tables and chairs representing the 50 people killed on ACT roads over the past five years.

Mr Rattenbury said the 50 empty chairs, which included a baby's high chair, were a "really grim reminder" of what can happen when people are complacent while driving.

"It's a really extraordinary number for such a small territory," he said. "Here in the ACT we have extremely good roads and people do relax. But we can't be complacent and we need to know that if you take a text message or check your Facebook while driving, that time you are looking at the screen is time you are not looking at the road."

Read the Complete Article here.

 

MORE ACT NEWS: IS THERE A SPEED LIMIT FOR BIKES ON FOOTPATHS?

There is a speed limit for cyclists riding on Canberra footpaths and it's faster than you'd think. Naturally some pedestrians are worried about their safety.  In the ACT it's legal to ride on the footpath and cyclists have been able to ride across pedestrian crossings since November 2015, as part of a two-year trial being run by the ACT Government.

Sharyn Sullivan from Stirling gave up cycling at 67 but when she did ride, she preferred to travel on the footpath for safety.  But a recent accident involving a friend has made her wary of the cyclists she encounters on her morning walk.

"A friend of mine was knocked down by a bike on a footpath in Canberra and the bike was apparently going about 30 or 40 kilometres an hour and she was seriously injured," she said.  "If you're going to go 30 to 40 kilometres an hour you should be on the road."  It prompted her to ask Curious Canberra if there was a speed limit for bikes on footpaths.

In answering this question, I discovered what the speed limit is as well as how cyclists and pedestrians share paths, what road rules apply and how frequently accidents occur.

I met with John Armstrong, who is the executive officer of Pedal Power ACT, a cycling advocacy organisation.

"The speed limit goes back to the default speed limit, and the default speed limit for urban areas is 50 kilometres an hour," he said.  But it would be bedlam if you had people riding their bikes at 50 kilometres an hour.  The reality is the pedestrians have a right of way."  John suggested I speak to Geoff Davidson, the Manager for Road Safety with the ACT Government.

"The average cyclist can't maintain a speed beyond 20-25 kilometres an hour," Geoff said.  "[The speed limit] probably doesn't make that much difference in terms of the behaviours we get out on the path."

Station Sergeant Susan Bell is the Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations with ACT Policing.  She explained that cyclists can be fined for three types of offences on shared paths and footpaths; for not keeping left, for not giving way to a pedestrian, and for not keeping left of an oncoming cyclist.

In the past five years ACT Policing has only issued one fine for any of these offences. In May 2011 a cyclist was fined for not keeping left of an oncoming bike.

I spoke to pedestrians and cyclists about their experiences of encountering one another on footpaths and shared paths.  In Acton, I spoke to high school student June Ly who had recently been told to move off a shared path by a cyclist near a school.  "I think it depends on their attitude. It's fine to ride on the path except it's not their path; it's a shared path, so I think they should actually take that into consideration."

Read the Entire Story here.

 

SA NEWS: MORE THAN 4000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY CAUGHT DRUG-DRIVING SINCE TESTS BEGAN A DECADE AGO

More than 4000 people have been repeatedly caught drug-driving since tests began a decade ago.  The “staggering and unacceptable” figures come as the State Government plans tougher penalties.  While 4055 motorists have been caught drug driving at least twice, there have also been 1301 people caught three times and 14 have been detected nine or more times since 2006, according to Transport Department figures obtained by The Advertiser.

Police said methamphetamine was the most common drug detected and 24 per cent of drivers and motorcyclists killed last year tested positive for illegal drugs.

In 2006, the State Government introduced roadside drug-driver testing and since then, more than 19,000 motorists have been caught.  A blitz on Anzac Day tested 288 drivers for drugs and caught 16, compared with 4336 who were tested for alcohol with nine over the limit.  

Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas said he was “staggered’’ by the number of drivers caught high behind the wheel. “These statistics are simply unacceptable. People who drug drive are a risk to themselves and other road users,’’ he said.  “Since becoming Police and Road Safety Minister, I immediately identified drug-driving as an issue that I wanted to focus my attention on. I have instructed my department to look at ways we can crack down on people who drug drive.  

“We need to increase the punishment to deter behaviour (and) address the safety concerns of giving repeat offenders their licence back.’'

Drugged drivers were fined up to $1300 for a first offence and up to $1600 and loss of licence for six months if caught a second time.  The penalty for a third offence is a licence disqualification of at least one year and a fine up to $2200. Subsequent offences attract at least two years’ loss of licence and fines up to $2200.

Mr Malinauskas said illicit drug use was a problem throughout the community “which impacts on individuals and families on a multitude of levels, from the home to the workplace and everywhere in between’’. He said illegal drug use also had “significant consequences for a number of sectors, not least the health and justice systems’’.

Police also blamed increasing drug use in the community for the rise in drug-driving detection rates.  And they said more resources and intelligence-led policing had contributed to the rate of drug detection rising from less than one in 20 drivers tested five years ago to one in 10 last financial year.

Read the Entire Story here.

 

NZ NEWS: ELECTRIC CARS IN BUS LANES - SILENT KILLERS?

Cyclists are horrified at plans to let drivers of electric vehicles use bus lanes.  The idea is one of many revealed yesterday by Transport Minister Simon Bridges to get people out of gas-guzzlers and into clean, green e-cars.  But with no combustion engine, electric vehicles are much quieter.

"Allowing cars into the bus lanes provides a threat to the safety of people riding bikes, who use bus lanes as a de facto cycle lane when there is no safer alternative," says Leroy Beckett, Auckland director of youth lobby group Generation Zero.  

Cyclists on Twitter were just as shocked.  But Mr Bridges says it'll be up to councils and local transport agencies to decide whether to let electric vehicles use bus lanes.  "What we're doing -- and the Green Party's got this wrong -- is simply allowing this rule change," he told Paul Henry on Friday.

"Clearly the councils and the transport agencies are going to consult with communities, and let's see where we get to."
He says opening up bus lanes has been the "single most-effective non-financial incentive" to get people using e-cars overseas.  

So far though, it's a more "do as I say" rather than "do as I do" for Mr Bridges, who is yet to get an electric car himself.  "I don't hate them… I am getting one," he insisted. "The issue is there's probably only three or four [car yards that sell them]. I've been to Mitsi, I've been to Beamer, I've been to Audi. Yesterday, as you may have seen, I was in a Renault."

The Government's aim is to have 64,000 e-cars on the road by 2021. There are presently 1015, according to industry organisation Drive Electric.

Read the Full Story here.


 

US NEWS: TAKATA TO ANNOUNCE RECALL OF 35-40 MILLION US AIR BAG INFLATORS

Under pressure from U.S. regulators, Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp (7312.T) is expected to announce as early as Wednesday that it is recalling 35 million to 40 million additional inflators in U.S. vehicles, three sources briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.

The expanded recall will be phased in over several years and more than double what is already the largest and most complex auto safety recall in U.S. history. The new recall will cover all frontal air bag inflators without a drying agent, sources briefed on the matter said.

To date, 14 automakers, led by Honda Motor Co (7267.T), have recalled 24 million U.S. vehicles with 28.8 million inflators due to the risk that they can explode with too much force and spray metal shards inside vehicles.

In recent days, officials from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Takata they need to expand the recall based on the government's determination of the root cause of the problems, sources briefed on the matter said.

NHTSA spokesman Bryan Thomas declined to confirm the expanded recall. "NHTSA has reviewed the findings of three separate investigations into the Takata air bag ruptures. The recall of Takata air bag inflators... continues and the agency will take all appropriate actions to make sure air bags in Americans’ vehicles are safe."

The new recall is expected to include about 35 million passenger-side air bags and some driver-side air bags without a drying agent. It is also expected to include some air bags that were previously replaced that did not have a drying agent.

Read the Entire Article here.

 

NEWS FROM INDIA: 15 DEATHS EVERY HOUR - WHY INDIA DESPERATELY NEEDS A STRINGENT LAW ON ROAD SAFETY

Leaving road safety to the mercy of gods has been one of India’s biggest misfortunes. While the demise of BJP’s Maharashtra strongman Gopinath Munde soon after taking oath as a cabinet minister in 2014 was expected to shake things up in terms of the government formulating a law to act as a deterrent to rash driving and the loss of innocent lives, nothing much has moved since then.

The result of the apathy has delivered shocking results. Road accidents in India account for the death of 15 persons every hour, the highest number of road accident deaths in the world, data released by Consumer Voice, a non-profit organisation, has revealed.

What is worse is the number of injured and rendered disabled as a result of reckless driving resulting in road accidents. In the past decade, over 10 lakh people have been killed in road accidents in India and over 50 lakh have been seriously injured or permanently disabled, data  shows.

The ramifications of such accidents is not limited to the victims alone but has larger, social ramifications. An alarming number of families fall into poverty after losing their primary breadwinners to such accidents. Numbers suggest that almost 81 per cent of households reduced their income and 56 per cent had to take loans to deal with the impoverishment consequent to the accidents. 

A comprehensive Road Safety Law with harsher penalties to prevent avoidable deaths and injuries to citizens is an urgent need for India, says Ashim Sanyal, Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Voice. “We are hopeful that the government will listen to the appeal from fellow law makers which includes MPs from their own party and introduce the new Road Safety Bill in the current session of Parliament,” he said referring to a campaign that seeks early passage of the bill.

According to Consumer Voice, 57 Members of Parliament – from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha – have appealed to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pass the long pending bill finalised by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and is now pending cabinet approval.  

According to a 2014 report by the Planning Commission, road crashes lead to an annual economic loss equivalent to 3 per cent of India’s GDP. At 2015-16 GDP figures, this amounts to a massive loss of Rs 4 lakh crore each year. 

Read the Entire Article here.

 

MORE NEWS FROM INDIA: EVERY DAY, 400 PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENTS IN INDIA, SHOWS GOVERNMENT DATA

Its India's worst kept secret - we have the world's most unsafe roads and the situation seems to be getting worse by the year. Over 400 people were killed in road accidents every day in 2015, government data reveals.  Fresh data submitted by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in the Rajya Sabha this week indicates just how alarming the situation is. 146,133 people were killed in road accidents in India in 2015, a 4.6% rise over 2014 when 139,671 people were killed.

In the past one decade, over 1.3 million people have been killed in road accidents but there is still no comprehensive road safety legislation in the country. According to the 234th report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture which has recently been tabled in Parliament, there are several stumbling blocks for replacing the existing Motor Vehicles Act with a proposed Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2015.

According to the report, the Ministry "wanted to change the entire architecture over road transport and road safety in the whole country, basically, setting up a set of authorities at the Central level and the State level to control all aspects of transport and public transport including driving licences."

However, this has not been possible because "the main hitch is on sharing of revenues between the Centre and the state" in implementing the changes which have been proposed. In an effort to still try and push the safety measures through, the government claims it is trying to focus on noncontroversial, achievable goals such as "an increase in the penalty for drunken driving or increasing the penalty for unauthorized driving, minor driving."

While it is well established that our roads and highways are deadly to travel on, according to the data, the states with the highest number of road accidents in 2015 are Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. These states contribute 29.66% to the total number of accidents recorded nationwide. The same states also recorded the highest number of injuries at 2,75,873 in 2015.

Read the Entire Article here.



NEWS FROM CHINA: TESTING DRONE TECHNOLOGY TO ITS LIMITS

How far can drone technology take us? Is it possible that, one day, dangerous high-speed police chases will be a thing of the past, as drones take on the pursuit role? Such a future could make our roads safer and less congested as the need for emergency vehicles is reduced. In this video Jaguar tests the theory, in a stunt driver vs drone pilot face-off.
 

View the Original Video here.

 

FINNISH NEWS: AUTHORITIES CONSIDERING DOING AWAY WITH CYCLE HELMET REQUIREMENT

Road traffic officials are pondering legislative changes that could eliminate the requirement for cyclists to wear helmets on the road. Current legislation requires that bikers and persons being carried on bikes wear appropriate protective headgear when on the move - but doesn't prescribe any penalty for violations.

Although existing legislation calls for riders and passengers to always wear appropriate protective headgear on bikes, in practice many people ignore the recommendation.

That’s mainly because the law does not prescribe any punishment for not complying with the recommendation and police officers cannot therefore fine or otherwise penalise people who choose not to wear a helmet.  However road safety officials are now working on amendments to current legislation that could change all that.

Chief executive of the Finnish Road Safety Council Anna-Liisa Tarviainen said that the final legislation could adopt one of three alternative approaches.  "For instance we may not regulate the use of helmets at all in the legislation. Another alternative is that the law remains the same as it is now. In other words, we say in a forceful tone that a helmet must be used, but we don’t prescribe a fine. A third option is to introduce a fine," Tarviainen explained.

The last option would mean that wearing helmets would become legally obligatory and not using them could lead to a penalty, in other words, a fine.  Officials have been working for some time on amending the Road Traffic Act. The road safety council said that the draft legislation will be circulated for commenting this year, perhaps during the summer.

"Some are of the opinion that regulations that take the shape of recommendations don’t belong in the law. They say that the law should contain the kinds of prohibitions and decrees for which penalties have been prescribed and which can be handed out," Tarviainen observed.

In other words, if police don’t have the resources to monitor the use of helmets by cyclists and can’t write fines, there is no point in including compulsory fines in toe legislation.  "But we do have other statutes now that police don’t really enforce in practice: for example cyclists are prohibited from riding on sidewalks and pedestrians are not supposed to cross the street on a red light."

Whatever legislators eventually decide, the head of the road safety organisation said that cyclists would do well to protect their heads.  "Protecting one’s head is always advisable, even if police aren’t watching and will not hand out fines," she concluded.

According to figures provided by the council, in 1990 just four percent of cyclists used a helmet while riding. In 2015, on average nearly half of bikers – some 43 percent used protective headgear. In Helsinki, the figure was as high as 80 percent.

Read the Entire Story here.

 

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