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NatRoad praises government road data sharing focus

The NatRoad CEO has called on the increased focus on road trauma data sharing to become the start of improved road toll measures

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has welcomed the federal government’s move to improve data sharing on road trauma as part of its next five-year national road funding deal with Australia’s state and territory governments.

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark says the move is unprecedented but also long overdue.

“Queensland had already committed to sharing data and the federal government should be congratulated for putting this forward to all the states and territories,” Clark says.

“We now call on each of the states and territories to put lives first and ensure this new policy is agreed and implemented as soon as possible.

“Keeping data to themselves isn’t working and rising fatalities calls for immediate action.

“A nationally consistent data set will give everyone a better understanding of the causes of road crashes and will save lives.”

Clark says NatRoad has been a constant advocate for consistent data sharing for years to help lower the road toll, especially when heavy vehicle operators are often first responders at road accidents and see the human cost of road trauma first-hand.

“This is the first step towards fixing transparency issues surrounding the billions in tax-payers dollars spent on our road network, and ensuring we get better outcomes and save more lives,” Clark says.

“It should be followed by the introduction of road service level standards to provide more transparency around issues such as road safety design and the placement of rest areas.”

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