NTC joins collaboration to improve road safety

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has continued to support improvements to road safety by participating in the recent Peak Downs: Day of Action for Road Safety in Mackay, attended by community, industry and government representatives.

NTC project director and safety expert, Dr Jeff Potter, attended the workshop and co-chaired a workshop session on Road Safety Management.

The aim of the day was to develop an action plan to improve safety on the Peak Downs Highway, which is the key route which links Mackay to the resource rich Bowen and Galilee Basin. The highway has experienced growth in traffic using the road to service the expanding mining industry, carrying mine workers and contractors as well as heavy vehicles to transport equipment, wide loads, fuel and other supplies.

The traffic demand on this important link in is expected to more than double over the next ten years as existing mines expand and more than 16 new mines open in the region. “With such a massive increase in traffic forecast, it is vital for industry, government and the community to unite and prevent further fatalities,” said Potter.

The workshop formed part of the United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety initiative which aims to ultimately save lives through a concerted effort across the world to address road trauma. “The enthusiasm shown by government agencies, the community and the corporate sector at the workshop was encouraging, as reducing road deaths is something to which everyone can contribute,” said Dr Potter.

The workshop links directly to the NTC’s work in its 'A Corporate Approach to Transport Safety' project, which aims to establish a National Road Safety Partnership Program to encourage more businesses to exert their influence over the way that the road network is used to make life safer for all Australian road users.

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