NatRoad welcomes data sharing deal

Data Australia.

Warren Clark, NatRoad CEO, said the Federal Government’s latest move is both unprecedented and long overdue.

A five-year national road funding arrangement has been organised between the Commonwealth and other states and territories in a bid to improve data sharing on road trauma.

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

“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 said NatRoad has advocated for consistent data sharing for years.

“Heavy vehicle operators are often first responders at road accidents and see the human cost of road trauma firsthand,” he said.

“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.

“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.”

Meanwhile, NatRoad is urging truck drivers to join a global research project.

In other news, Followmont Transport has taken delivery of six new Volvo FH600 Globetrotters.

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