18 Jul 2016

Road safety must be prioritised under new Turnbull Government

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) today welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement in reappointing Ministers Darren Chester and Paul Fletcher to their respective portfolios.

“We are pleased to see Mr Chester and Mr Fletcher return to their Ministerial roles and we hope this provides stability and certainty to ANCAP, and more generally, road safety,” said Mr James Goodwin, ANCAP Chief Executive Officer.

The Hon. Darren Chester MP is reconfirmed as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP takes on the revised portfolio of Minister for Urban Infrastructure.

“While it is disappointing the new ministry has not seen the appointment of a dedicated road safety minister, we will make sure vehicle safety is a top priority,” Mr Goodwin said.

“Stronger attention must be focussed on road safety strategies at a coordinated, national level to reverse the current upward trend in road deaths.”

“We call on the new Government to immediately review the effectiveness of the current National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) and show national leadership in the area of road safety,” Mr Goodwin added.

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