Bosses tackle road toll
A new workplace road safety program will be launched in the second part of this year.
The National Road Transport Commission (NTC) has been working with the business sector over the past two years to develop the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP).
“Work-related road crashes account for almost half of all occupational fatalities in Australia and 15 per cent of the national road toll,” says NTC Acting Chief Executive George Konstandakos in a media statement.
“As almost half of the new vehicles sold in Australia each year are purchased by businesses, there is an opportunity for them to have a significant impact on road safety.”
The NRSPP is based on the ‘Safe System’, which involves safe road users, safe vehicles, safe speeds and safe roads.
The fundamental objectives are to make the road transport system more forgiving of human error and to minimise unsafe road user behaviour, says the NRSPP final strategy document.
The business sector can influence road safety through direct influence on what happens ‘on the ground’, the supply chain, employment, testing research, and feedback to the government and researchers, the document adds.