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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
From the President ç On the cover A Vietn amese street merchant takes a break next to her sweet- tasting b ut odd-smelling d urian fru it. Visit Vietn am on p age 18. Exploring Vietnam with teenagers page 18 Testdriving the new VW Amarok Auto page22 RACT concise annual report page77 OctOber/NOvember2012 4 October / November 2012 National road safety must remain on target Anew report shows that Tasmania has made significant recent progress in reducing the number of fatalities on our roads. The Australian Automobile Association (AAA), of which the R ACT is a constituent club member, has released its latest national report Benchmarking the Performance of the National Road Safety Strategy. The NRSS aims to achieve a 30% reduction in road fatalities and serious injuries by 2020. Since the road safety strategy commenced, Australia has seen a 4% decline in the 12 month road toll, which is just behind the rate required to achieve the reduction target. In the 12 months to June 2012, 1294 people died on the nation’s roads, compared to 1296 in the previous year – a decrease of just two people or 0.2%. At this rate, Australia is at risk of falling behind the 30% target in the NRSS. During the 12-month period under rev iew, Tasmania recorded a decline in road crash fatalities of 40.6%, the biggest reduction of any of the states (the ACT recorded a 50% decrease from 10 fatalities to five in the same period). Three states recorded an increase in fatalities in the 12 months to June 2012. • New South Wales 396 deaths – up from 356 (11.2%) • Queensland 281 deaths – up from 251 (12.0%) • Northern Territory 52 deaths – up from 43 (20.9%) Road user groups to record an increase in fatalities in the 12 months to June 2012 were: • Pedestrians 197 deaths – up from 174 (13.2%) • Motorcyclists 220 deaths – up from 211 (4.3%) Read the full report on the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) website: http://bit.ly/NRSSJune2012 In our community In our community A s reported in the August-September issue of Journeys, the RACT had the pleasure of hosting this year’s National Conference of Australia’s motoring clubs. The theme for the conference was Collaborate and innovate now, to build capacity for the future. It was held in August at Freycinet Lodge at Coles Bay and included 39 delegates from each of the motor ing clubs that for m the Australian Automobile Association and our colleagues from the New Zealand Automobile Association. There are sy nergies between A A A and NZA A. Both organisations have similar core services and both are members of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, which was formed in the early 1900s. The conference speakers included well-known futurist Craig Rispin; former chairman of the ACCC, Graeme Samuel AC; and CEO of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Brendan Lyon. They all presented on subjects that were very much on the radar for all delegates, with some enlightening facts on the speed of social media today and the possible impacts on motor ing clubs. The R ACT previously hosted the AAA Conference in 2006 and once again the conference ran very smoothly. All delegates enjoyed the charm of Tasmanian hospitality as well as our island’s fine food and wine. Staying in a national park, admiring spectacular landscapes, experiencing great walks and encountering local wildlife w ill be remembered by all those who attended. ————— I note that at the time of writing this article the death toll on Tasmanian roadways for 2012 was 20 compared to 18 the previous year. Unfortunately that is 20 too many to die on our roads and these unnecessary deaths impact heavily upon immediate families and local communities. Unfortunately what is not always highlighted or reported is the number of serious non-fatal crashes. These often result in victims receiving permanent brain and spinal injuries and months, even years of rehabilitation. RACT’s Road and Traffic Committee and Regional Advisor y Committees are working hard with all stakeholders, especially DIER and local councils, in making constructive road safety suggestions and assessments, particularly on our road infrastructure. I trust we can all work together on a common goal for road safety as we head into the busy time of the year – fewer serious accidents and no more deaths on our roads. Stuart Slade President and Chairman of the Board New South Wales has seen an increase in its fatality rate in the past few months and is now behind target. In contrast, Victoria saw a significant reduction in its road toll for year ending June 2012 and has subsequently improved its status in the latest report. From a road user perspective,there wasa sharp jump in the number of motorcyclist fatalities which puts it at risk of falling behind target. There was a drop in the number of passenger fatalities. While the status update for cyclist fatalities is positive, the small overall number makes this subject to frequent change. Key Changes Since March Report GREEN On-track to meet or exceed NRSS target. Reduction in road crash fatalities equal to or greater than the rate required to achieve NRSS target. AMBER Currently ahead of (notional) target but faster rate of improvement required to achieve NRSS target by 2020. RED Road crash fatalities have increased, or are above the notional NRSS target. Analytical Key: 2 Ju risd ictio n Previous Status Current Status National AMBER AMBER New South Wales GREEN RED Victoria RED GR EEN Queensland RED RED South Australia GREEN GR EEN Western Australia GREEN GR EEN Tasmania GREEN GR EEN Northern Territory RED RED Australian Capital Territory GREEN GR EEN Road User Groups Previous Status Current Status Drivers GREEN GR EEN Passengers RED GR EEN Pedestrians RED RED Cyclists RED GR EEN Motorcyclists GREEN AMBER Status: AMBER The NRSS aims to achieve a 30 per cent reduction in road fatalities and serious injuries by 2020. Since the road safety strategy commenced, we have seen a 4 per cent decline in the 12 month road toll, which is just behind the rate required by the target. In 2011, there were 1,285 fatalities on Australian roads, down from 1,352 the previous year. In the last 12 months (July 2011- June 2012), 1,294 people died in road crashes, down from 1,296 deaths over the same period in 2010-11 (a decrease of 0.2 per cent). Compared to the same period in 2011, there has been a 1.4 per cent increase in the road toll. At this stage, Australia is heading for a higher road toll in 2012 than what was recorded in 2011. National Snapshot Comparative Performance To 2011 115 0 1200 1250 1300 1350 1400 1450 Dec-10 Jun-11 De c-11 Jun-12 Dec -12 Fatalitiesperannum Nati o nal Act ual Tar get 633 642 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 2011 2012 Roaddeaths Yearly comparison - Deaths to June 3 AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION Benchma r king the Pe r fo r mance of the National Road Safety St r ategy (NRSS) J une 2012
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