Broader criteria for Black Spot Program

More cash and reduction in benefit cost ratio says Briggs

Broader criteria for Black Spot Program
Jamie Briggs: spending to be tripled


The Federal Government has broadened its Black Spot program eligibility criteria.

The move will make it easier for regional communities to compete for $200 million in additional funding for road safety projects, assistant infrastructure minister Jamie Briggs says.

In 2015-16 and 2016-17, the Government will almost triple its investment in the Black Spot program to $160 million a year.

"At least 50 per cent of the funding in this period will be dedicated to fixing roads in regional Australia, where more than 60 per cent of road deaths and 35 per cent of serious injuries occur," Briggs says.

In addition to this, the minimum required benefit cost ratio for funded projects will be reduced from 2:1 to 1:1, making more projects eligible.

The crash history requirement for black spots will also be reduced from three to two casualty crashes in five years.

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