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Experts convene for NSW Road Safety Forum

The forum will aim to draw on Scandinavian ideas that have helped reduce the region’s road toll in recent years

Road safety experts and advocates from Australia and overseas have gathered at the NSW government’s 2024 Road Safety Forum. 

More than 90 experts have been brought together for the first time to focus on ways to improve road safety across NSW. 

“NSW is pleased to host this most important forum and I look forward to hearing from pre­eminent experts from Australia and from countries that have had success in reducing fatalities on their roads in recent decades,” NSW roads minister John Graham says. 

“Road fatalities have increased across Australia and many parts of the world after COVID. This forum is an opportunity to tap into the best ideas to counter that trend and make sure everyone gets home to their loved ones every time.” 

The federal government says the forum will help to consider solutions and innovations for road safety and will draw on experience from Scandinavian countries that have succeeded in lowering road tolls over the past decade. 

The keynote address is set to be delivered by Johan Strandroth who helped with the implementation of Sweden’s successful ‘Vision Zero’ approach. 

Federal infrastructure and transport infrastructure assistant minister Carol Brown says the forum will aim to provide ideas and outcomes for the upcoming National Road Safety Conference. 

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility – from local, state and territory governments as well as the federal government and individual road users,” Brown says. 

“The National Road Safety Conference has been convened to bring together road safety police ministers from across the country to engage on the worrying trends we are seeing on our roads.” 

Along with the forum, Transport for NSW is running an online survey until March 6 to let the public have a say on different road safety topics. 

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