A POSITIVE STEP FORWARD FOR ROAD SAFETY

Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Tony Pasin MP has welcomed the announcement that the Commonwealth will look to improve data sharing from the States and Territories through intergovernmental agreement negotiations.

“The Albanese Labor Government has been kicking the can down the road on data sharing for two years now while Australians have watched the road toll continue to rise,” Mr Pasin said.

“Knowing that the current funding agreement with states is due to end 30 June this year, the topic of data sharing as a provision of the new agreement should come as no surprise to anyone and yet the Minister has been strangely silent on the matter until now- just two months out from a new agreement coming into effect,” Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said it was incredibly important to ensure that road safety initiatives, and the taxpayers dollars attached to them, are being directed where needed.

“The only way to measure the effectiveness of road safety policies is to have a co-ordinated, National approach to the collection and publication of data.”

“Despite continued calls from stakeholders including the Australian Automobile Association, Minister King’s silence about including such a provision in the funding agreement has been incredibly disappointing until now. I welcome this positive step forward and, for the sake of Australian road safety, I hope the Minister can deliver on this commitment by the June 30 deadline,” Mr Pasin said.

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