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Landmarks Light Up And Hundreds Walk For Road Safety

Hundreds of people have converged on Albert Park Lake and Iconic Victorian landmarks will glow yellow this week in memory and support of people impacted by road trauma. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and TAC Jaala Pulford today joined the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Victoria Police, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria and VicRoads to launch the sixth annual Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign. The campaign, which coincides with National Road Safety Week and UN Global Road Safety Week, comes off the back of a tragic start to 2019 on Victoria’s roads. Already this year, 111 people have died on Victorian roads, compared with 74 at the same time last year – with crashes in regional areas accounting for almost two thirds of fatalities. Shine a Light on Road Safety will see some of the state’s most recognisable landmarks light up yellow this week. The illuminations will include the Bolte Bridge, Melbourne Star, Melbourne Town Hall, Royal Exhibition Building, Box Hill Town Hall, Frankston Arts Centre, Malvern Town Hall, the M80 Ring Road and M2 Tullamarine interchange wall, and the intersection of Moorabool and Ryrie streets in Geelong. Victorian drivers and riders are being urged to show their support for anyone affected by road trauma by turning on their headlights this coming Friday. The Andrews Labor Government supports the Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, who play a vital role in helping Victorians whose lives have been profoundly affected by road trauma get their lives back on track. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and TAC Jaala Pulford “It has been a truly tragic year so far on Victorian roads and our thoughts are always with the families and friends of people impacted – one life lost is one too many.” “It’s important for us to remember all of the people who have died on the roads and think about what we can do to keep ourselves and others safe on the roads – road safety is everyone’s responsibility.” “Everyone can show support for the families and people affected by road trauma by turning on their car lights this Friday.”

Landmarks Light Up And Hundreds Walk For Road Safety

Hundreds of people have converged on Albert Park Lake and Iconic Victorian landmarks will glow yellow this week in memory and support of people impacted by road trauma. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and TAC Jaala Pulford today joined the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Victoria Police, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria and VicRoads to launch the sixth annual Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign. The campaign, which coincides with National Road Safety Week and UN Global Road Safety Week, comes off the back of a tragic start to 2019 on Victoria’s roads. Already this year, 111 people have died on Victorian roads, compared with 74 at the same time last year – with crashes in regional areas accounting for almost two thirds of fatalities. Shine a Light on Road Safety will see some of the state’s most recognisable landmarks light up yellow this week. The illuminations will include the Bolte Bridge, Melbourne Star, Melbourne Town Hall, Royal Exhibition Building, Box Hill Town Hall, Frankston Arts Centre, Malvern Town Hall, the M80 Ring Road and M2 Tullamarine interchange wall, and the intersection of Moorabool and Ryrie streets in Geelong. Victorian drivers and riders are being urged to show their support for anyone affected by road trauma by turning on their headlights this coming Friday. The Andrews Labor Government supports the Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, who play a vital role in helping Victorians whose lives have been profoundly affected by road trauma get their lives back on track. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and TAC Jaala Pulford “It has been a truly tragic year so far on Victorian roads and our thoughts are always with the families and friends of people impacted – one life lost is one too many.” “It’s important for us to remember all of the people who have died on the roads and think about what we can do to keep ourselves and others safe on the roads – road safety is everyone’s responsibility.” “Everyone can show support for the families and people affected by road trauma by turning on their car lights this Friday.”

Focus On Pedestrian Safety As People Head To The City

Pedestrians and motorists are being urged to be more cautious in Melbourne, with new data raising safety concerns for people who travel to the city these school holidays. Already this year 10 pedestrians have been killed in Victoria with six of those people dying on Melbourne streets. Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford urged pedestrians and drivers to take extra care, with school holidays increasing foot traffic and major construction projects adding more heavy vehicles city streets. New data from Yarra Trams also reveals 52 pedestrians were knocked down by trams in 2018. Forty of these incidents were minor, 10 required the person being taken to hospital, and tragically, two people died as a result of being hit by a tram. Busy CBD intersections remain hotspots for pedestrian incidents, with VicRoads data showing Melbourne’s most dangerous location is the intersection of Flinders and Swanton streets with seven crashes resulting in six serious injuries. Pedestrian safety, particularly at busy intersections, is the focus of a TAC campaign at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which encourages pedestrians to ‘ditch the distractions’. While driver distractions continue to be a major cause of road crashes in Victoria, pedestrian distractions are also a growing concern. In 2018, pedestrians were the only road user group to record a total lives lost higher than the previous year, increasing to 37 from 31 in 2017. Of the 37 pedestrian deaths last year, 32 happened in metropolitan areas and 20 of those were in speed zones of 60km/h or lower. Injuries also remain a major concern with more than 3,000 pedestrians hospitalised with injuries in Melbourne between 2013 to the end of the last financial year. The TAC will be at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival until April 21 reminding pedestrians to keep their heads up and phones down when walking in and around busy areas, particularly the Melbourne CBD. Quotes attributable to Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “No phone call, selfie, song or text message is worth taking your attention from the traffic – put your phone in your pocket when you’re crossing the street.” “Melbourne is a hive of activity and development at the moment and we’re urging pedestrians and drivers to be extra cautious.”

Focus On Pedestrian Safety As People Head To The City

Pedestrians and motorists are being urged to be more cautious in Melbourne, with new data raising safety concerns for people who travel to the city these school holidays. Already this year 10 pedestrians have been killed in Victoria with six of those people dying on Melbourne streets. Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford urged pedestrians and drivers to take extra care, with school holidays increasing foot traffic and major construction projects adding more heavy vehicles city streets. New data from Yarra Trams also reveals 52 pedestrians were knocked down by trams in 2018. Forty of these incidents were minor, 10 required the person being taken to hospital, and tragically, two people died as a result of being hit by a tram. Busy CBD intersections remain hotspots for pedestrian incidents, with VicRoads data showing Melbourne’s most dangerous location is the intersection of Flinders and Swanton streets with seven crashes resulting in six serious injuries. Pedestrian safety, particularly at busy intersections, is the focus of a TAC campaign at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which encourages pedestrians to ‘ditch the distractions’. While driver distractions continue to be a major cause of road crashes in Victoria, pedestrian distractions are also a growing concern. In 2018, pedestrians were the only road user group to record a total lives lost higher than the previous year, increasing to 37 from 31 in 2017. Of the 37 pedestrian deaths last year, 32 happened in metropolitan areas and 20 of those were in speed zones of 60km/h or lower. Injuries also remain a major concern with more than 3,000 pedestrians hospitalised with injuries in Melbourne between 2013 to the end of the last financial year. The TAC will be at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival until April 21 reminding pedestrians to keep their heads up and phones down when walking in and around busy areas, particularly the Melbourne CBD. Quotes attributable to Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “No phone call, selfie, song or text message is worth taking your attention from the traffic – put your phone in your pocket when you’re crossing the street.” “Melbourne is a hive of activity and development at the moment and we’re urging pedestrians and drivers to be extra cautious.”

Helping More Young Victorians Learn To Drive

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more disadvantaged young Victorians get the support they need while learning to drive. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today announced the successful Learner Driver Mentor Program (L2P) will continue for a further four years. The L2P program helps learner drivers who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle gain the valuable driving experience they need to apply for a probationary licence. Eligible young Victorians are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors and have access to a sponsored vehicle, which they can use to get supervised driving experience. The program is free for Victorians aged between 16 and 21 who hold a current learner’s permit but do not have access to a vehicle, supervising driver, or both. Over the past 10 years, the L2P program has helped more than 5,000 young Victorians get their probationary licence and get on the road. The Labor Government will invest $33.4 million to help young drivers get to work or school and will keep Victoria’s roads safer by reducing the number of unlicensed drivers on our roads. The TAC has also rebooted DriveSmart – an online training program for learner drivers to learn safe driving skills. The program takes learners through a range of driving scenarios, requiring users to make safe driving judgments, improving their hazard perception, scanning and concentration skills. For more information on the L2P program, visit vicroads.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford “Having a licence means it’s easier to get to work or school, and we think every young person should have these opportunities.” “The L2P program not only gives thousands of disadvantaged young Victorians the opportunity to get their licence – it also makes our roads safer.”

Helping More Young Victorians Learn To Drive

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more disadvantaged young Victorians get the support they need while learning to drive. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today announced the successful Learner Driver Mentor Program (L2P) will continue for a further four years. The L2P program helps learner drivers who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle gain the valuable driving experience they need to apply for a probationary licence. Eligible young Victorians are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors and have access to a sponsored vehicle, which they can use to get supervised driving experience. The program is free for Victorians aged between 16 and 21 who hold a current learner’s permit but do not have access to a vehicle, supervising driver, or both. Over the past 10 years, the L2P program has helped more than 5,000 young Victorians get their probationary licence and get on the road. The Labor Government will invest $33.4 million to help young drivers get to work or school and will keep Victoria’s roads safer by reducing the number of unlicensed drivers on our roads. The TAC has also rebooted DriveSmart – an online training program for learner drivers to learn safe driving skills. The program takes learners through a range of driving scenarios, requiring users to make safe driving judgments, improving their hazard perception, scanning and concentration skills. For more information on the L2P program, visit vicroads.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford “Having a licence means it’s easier to get to work or school, and we think every young person should have these opportunities.” “The L2P program not only gives thousands of disadvantaged young Victorians the opportunity to get their licence – it also makes our roads safer.”

Victorians Urged To Play Their Part In Keeping Roads Safe

Victorians are being asked to take extra care on the roads these school holidays after a tragic start to the year. Already this year 90 people have died on Victoria’s roads, with 59 of those deaths happening in regional areas across Victoria. This time last year there had been 58 deaths across Victoria, with 31 lives lost on regional roads. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford joined Transport Accident Commission CEO Joe Calafiore to call on Victorians to help put a stop to this tragic period and drive safely during the school holidays. Victoria is set for a busy April on the roads, with two weeks of school holidays followed by an Easter break and ANZAC Day. All road users are being urged to make safe choices on the road throughout the month. Last year Victoria recorded its lowest ever number road deaths in a calendar year, but 2019 has already shown that there is no room for complacency. Regional roads and country people are still over-represented in road deaths and this is why the Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in road safety infrastructure on the state’s highest-risk roads. Since 2016, the Labor Government has been upgrading the safety of 20 high-risk regional roads as part of the $1.4-billion Towards Zero Action Plan. In February the Government announced safety upgrades to another sixteen high-risk roads across the state, thanks to a further $340-million investment. This includes eight roads in regional Victoria. In an immediate bid to curb the trauma on our roads, Victoria Police last week launched Operation Kinetic – a 10-week operation funded by the TAC which will see 300 additional road policing shifts across Victoria, with a focus on regional areas. Around two thirds of people who die in crashes on regional roads are people who live in regional Victoria – country people die on country roads. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and TAC Jaala Pulford “We are deeply concerned about the heartbreaking start to the year on our roads and one of our biggest concerns is the disproportionate number of deaths in regional areas.” “We’re urging all Victorians to look out for each other on the roads, plan ahead, be patient and make safe choices to ensure everyone gets to where they’re going safely.” Quotes attributable to Transport Accident Commission Chief Executive Officer Joe Calafiore “Most of the deaths on our roads this year have been a result of a simple mistake, and on a high-speed regional road, mistakes often lead to fatal consequences.” “Our message to motorists is to ease up and make safe decisions when they’re using the roads – avoid fatigue, avoiding drink and drug driving, avoid distractions and slow down.”

Victorians Urged To Play Their Part In Keeping Roads Safe

Victorians are being asked to take extra care on the roads these school holidays after a tragic start to the year. Already this year 90 people have died on Victoria’s roads, with 59 of those deaths happening in regional areas across Victoria. This time last year there had been 58 deaths across Victoria, with 31 lives lost on regional roads. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford joined Transport Accident Commission CEO Joe Calafiore to call on Victorians to help put a stop to this tragic period and drive safely during the school holidays. Victoria is set for a busy April on the roads, with two weeks of school holidays followed by an Easter break and ANZAC Day. All road users are being urged to make safe choices on the road throughout the month. Last year Victoria recorded its lowest ever number road deaths in a calendar year, but 2019 has already shown that there is no room for complacency. Regional roads and country people are still over-represented in road deaths and this is why the Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in road safety infrastructure on the state’s highest-risk roads. Since 2016, the Labor Government has been upgrading the safety of 20 high-risk regional roads as part of the $1.4-billion Towards Zero Action Plan. In February the Government announced safety upgrades to another sixteen high-risk roads across the state, thanks to a further $340-million investment. This includes eight roads in regional Victoria. In an immediate bid to curb the trauma on our roads, Victoria Police last week launched Operation Kinetic – a 10-week operation funded by the TAC which will see 300 additional road policing shifts across Victoria, with a focus on regional areas. Around two thirds of people who die in crashes on regional roads are people who live in regional Victoria – country people die on country roads. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and TAC Jaala Pulford “We are deeply concerned about the heartbreaking start to the year on our roads and one of our biggest concerns is the disproportionate number of deaths in regional areas.” “We’re urging all Victorians to look out for each other on the roads, plan ahead, be patient and make safe choices to ensure everyone gets to where they’re going safely.” Quotes attributable to Transport Accident Commission Chief Executive Officer Joe Calafiore “Most of the deaths on our roads this year have been a result of a simple mistake, and on a high-speed regional road, mistakes often lead to fatal consequences.” “Our message to motorists is to ease up and make safe decisions when they’re using the roads – avoid fatigue, avoiding drink and drug driving, avoid distractions and slow down.”

 

Fatigue Test Trial To Keep Drowsy Drivers Off The Road

n an Australian-first trial, the Andrews Labor Government is testing new technology that will detect fatigued drivers. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today announced that trials will get underway at a controlled test facility in Kilsyth. As part of the trial, drivers will be kept awake for up to 32 hours before conducting a two-hour drive on a controlled track, supervised by a qualified instructor in a dual control vehicle. Drivers will be tested before and after their drive to measure involuntary movement of their pupils, which is proven to be strongly linked with increasing levels of fatigue. Current figures show that fatigued drivers are involved in up to 20 per cent of crashes on Victorian roads. The project is part of an $850,000 investment to see if roadside testing for extreme fatigue can be conducted in a similar way to current roadside alcohol and drug testing. VicRoads is leading the study and is working closely with Monash University, the Transport Accident Commission, Victoria Police and the Alertness CRC. The project is funded through the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, delivered by VicRoads and funded by the Transport Accident Commission. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “Ambitious trials like this one are targeting issues like fatigue which play a big part in lives lost and serious injuries on Victorian roads.” “When you consider that fatigue has the same effect on driving ability as alcohol, this trial has the potential to combat one of the biggest killers on our roads.” “Victoria truly leads the nation in road safety initiatives – and our Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy Plan is key to reducing lives lost and serious injuries on our roads.”

Fatigue Test Trial To Keep Drowsy Drivers Off The Road

n an Australian-first trial, the Andrews Labor Government is testing new technology that will detect fatigued drivers. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today announced that trials will get underway at a controlled test facility in Kilsyth. As part of the trial, drivers will be kept awake for up to 32 hours before conducting a two-hour drive on a controlled track, supervised by a qualified instructor in a dual control vehicle. Drivers will be tested before and after their drive to measure involuntary movement of their pupils, which is proven to be strongly linked with increasing levels of fatigue. Current figures show that fatigued drivers are involved in up to 20 per cent of crashes on Victorian roads. The project is part of an $850,000 investment to see if roadside testing for extreme fatigue can be conducted in a similar way to current roadside alcohol and drug testing. VicRoads is leading the study and is working closely with Monash University, the Transport Accident Commission, Victoria Police and the Alertness CRC. The project is funded through the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, delivered by VicRoads and funded by the Transport Accident Commission. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “Ambitious trials like this one are targeting issues like fatigue which play a big part in lives lost and serious injuries on Victorian roads.” “When you consider that fatigue has the same effect on driving ability as alcohol, this trial has the potential to combat one of the biggest killers on our roads.” “Victoria truly leads the nation in road safety initiatives – and our Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy Plan is key to reducing lives lost and serious injuries on our roads.”

First Meeting Of Workplace Manslaughter Taskforce

The Andrews Labor Government’s new workplace manslaughter taskforce has today held its inaugural meeting – to discuss tough new laws to keep workers safe. The Workplace Manslaughter Implementation Taskforce was announced earlier this month as the first step in developing new legislation to make workplace manslaughter a criminal offence. Led by the Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins, the taskforce includes members and representatives from business, unions, industry and victims’ families. Supported by a Workplace Fatalities and Serious Incidents Reference Group, the taskforce will ensure those who have lost loved ones in workplace accidents can contribute to the reforms. A Legal Advisory Group comprising legal sector stakeholders will also provide advice on the proposed new offence. Up to 30 people are killed on the job in Victoria each year, and already this year there are eight families mourning a loved one who didn’t come home from work. Under the proposed new laws, employers will face fines of almost $16 million and individuals responsible for negligently causing death will be held to account and will face up to 20 years in jail. The offence will also apply when an employer’s negligent conduct causes the death of an innocent person. WorkSafe Victoria will be given the power and resources necessary to ensure non-compliant employers can be prosecuted—emphasising the message that putting people’s lives at risk in the workplace will not be tolerated. Quotes attributable to Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy “Today’s meeting is a vital step forward in delivering our promise to make workplaces safer for all Victorians.” “Our proposed changes will not only hold employers to account, it will also give heartbroken families the justice they deserve.” Quote attributable to Implementation Taskforce Chair and Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins “The views of the taskforce will be critical in shaping new laws that will act as a strong deterrent – ensuring that employers take workplace safety seriously.”

First Meeting Of Workplace Manslaughter Taskforce

The Andrews Labor Government’s new workplace manslaughter taskforce has today held its inaugural meeting – to discuss tough new laws to keep workers safe. The Workplace Manslaughter Implementation Taskforce was announced earlier this month as the first step in developing new legislation to make workplace manslaughter a criminal offence. Led by the Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins, the taskforce includes members and representatives from business, unions, industry and victims’ families. Supported by a Workplace Fatalities and Serious Incidents Reference Group, the taskforce will ensure those who have lost loved ones in workplace accidents can contribute to the reforms. A Legal Advisory Group comprising legal sector stakeholders will also provide advice on the proposed new offence. Up to 30 people are killed on the job in Victoria each year, and already this year there are eight families mourning a loved one who didn’t come home from work. Under the proposed new laws, employers will face fines of almost $16 million and individuals responsible for negligently causing death will be held to account and will face up to 20 years in jail. The offence will also apply when an employer’s negligent conduct causes the death of an innocent person. WorkSafe Victoria will be given the power and resources necessary to ensure non-compliant employers can be prosecuted—emphasising the message that putting people’s lives at risk in the workplace will not be tolerated. Quotes attributable to Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy “Today’s meeting is a vital step forward in delivering our promise to make workplaces safer for all Victorians.” “Our proposed changes will not only hold employers to account, it will also give heartbroken families the justice they deserve.” Quote attributable to Implementation Taskforce Chair and Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins “The views of the taskforce will be critical in shaping new laws that will act as a strong deterrent – ensuring that employers take workplace safety seriously.”

Locals Help Shape Vital Suburban Road Upgrades

Drivers who rely on Melbourne’s busiest suburban roads in the north and south-east are helping to shape their transformation, as the Andrews Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade hits a major new milestone. The Labor Government today released the Request for Proposal (RFP) to deliver the $2.2 billion north and south-eastern packages, allowing bidders to submit their plans for the projects. Short-listed parties will be required to respond to a Request for Proposal for each of the Northern Roads Upgrade and South-Eastern Roads Upgrade in mid-2019. More than 2,500 pieces of community feedback have been received since proposed designs for 12 road projects in Melbourne’s north and south-eastern suburbs were released last year. This valuable insight from road users has helped to refine projects, so the upgraded roads can better meet the needs of those who use them every day. The Northern Roads Upgrade will fix six priority roads and improve and maintain hundreds of kilometres of arterial roads across Melbourne’s north. Craigieburn Road, Sunbury Road, Epping Road, Childs Road and Bridge Inn Road will be duplicated to boost capacity. Intersections will also be upgraded along Fitzsimons Lane in Eltham. The South-Eastern Roads Upgrade will make huge improvements to capacity and boost safety on six priority roads, as well as improve and maintain hundreds of kilometres of arterial roads across the south-eastern suburbs. Extra lanes will be added at Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road, Lathams Road, Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road and Pound Road West, to slash congestion and improve safety. Hallam North Road and Golf Links Road will also be upgraded. Meanwhile work is well underway on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade, the first part of the Suburban Roads Upgrade, with all eight major road upgrades now under construction from Altona North to Tarneit. The Suburban Roads Upgrade marks the Labor Government’s biggest ever investment in arterial roads, with $4 billion to be spent on upgrades in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. Construction on the northern and south eastern road upgrades is expected to start from 2020 and is due to be completed at the end of 2025. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “Locals who have spent years grappling with bad traffic in Melbourne’s north and south-eastern suburbs have helped to shape better and safer roads, with extra lanes and intersection improvements.” “These vital upgrades in Melbourne’s outer suburbs will slash congestion, improve traffic flow and boost access for hundreds of thousands of drivers every day, while making these busy roads safer for all road users.”

Locals Help Shape Vital Suburban Road Upgrades

Drivers who rely on Melbourne’s busiest suburban roads in the north and south-east are helping to shape their transformation, as the Andrews Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade hits a major new milestone. The Labor Government today released the Request for Proposal (RFP) to deliver the $2.2 billion north and south-eastern packages, allowing bidders to submit their plans for the projects. Short-listed parties will be required to respond to a Request for Proposal for each of the Northern Roads Upgrade and South-Eastern Roads Upgrade in mid-2019. More than 2,500 pieces of community feedback have been received since proposed designs for 12 road projects in Melbourne’s north and south-eastern suburbs were released last year. This valuable insight from road users has helped to refine projects, so the upgraded roads can better meet the needs of those who use them every day. The Northern Roads Upgrade will fix six priority roads and improve and maintain hundreds of kilometres of arterial roads across Melbourne’s north. Craigieburn Road, Sunbury Road, Epping Road, Childs Road and Bridge Inn Road will be duplicated to boost capacity. Intersections will also be upgraded along Fitzsimons Lane in Eltham. The South-Eastern Roads Upgrade will make huge improvements to capacity and boost safety on six priority roads, as well as improve and maintain hundreds of kilometres of arterial roads across the south-eastern suburbs. Extra lanes will be added at Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road, Lathams Road, Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road and Pound Road West, to slash congestion and improve safety. Hallam North Road and Golf Links Road will also be upgraded. Meanwhile work is well underway on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade, the first part of the Suburban Roads Upgrade, with all eight major road upgrades now under construction from Altona North to Tarneit. The Suburban Roads Upgrade marks the Labor Government’s biggest ever investment in arterial roads, with $4 billion to be spent on upgrades in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. Construction on the northern and south eastern road upgrades is expected to start from 2020 and is due to be completed at the end of 2025. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “Locals who have spent years grappling with bad traffic in Melbourne’s north and south-eastern suburbs have helped to shape better and safer roads, with extra lanes and intersection improvements.” “These vital upgrades in Melbourne’s outer suburbs will slash congestion, improve traffic flow and boost access for hundreds of thousands of drivers every day, while making these busy roads safer for all road users.”

Technology Trial To Bust Number Plate Theft

The Andrews Labor Government is trialing new technology to crack down on number plate theft and cloning. Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford was in Bundoora today to announce the start of new trails that will aim to improve vehicle identification, and combat number plate theft and misuse. One technology being trialled is Radio Frequency Identification inside a sticker on a vehicle’s front windscreen, which will act as a third number plate. The sticker self-destructs when removed, enabling police to identify vehicles that are suspected to have a stolen or cloned number plate. The second technology is Dedicated Short Range Communications, a new digital technology that can communicate with road infrastructure and could also be used to identify automated vehicles in the future. Additional security features for number plates, like holographic patterns on driver’s licences and passports, will also be tested. New digital identification methods would make it harder for an offender to hide a vehicle’s identity as the additional identifiers will not match a stolen or cloned number plate. The trials will determine how the technologies operate in practice and how they will integrate with existing systems including Automatic Number Plate Recognition currently used by police. In the 12-months to September 2018, Victoria Police recorded more than 19,000 incidents of number plate theft. Stolen and cloned number plates are often used to hide a vehicle’s identity when committing other crimes such as ram raids, petrol drive-offs and toll evasion. The trials are a partnership between VicRoads, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Victoria Police and La Trobe University. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford “We’re testing new digital technology that will make it easier to identify vehicles with stolen or cloned number plates quicker and easier.” “We are proud to lead this Australia-first research and technology trial and know it will go a long way to help reduce number plate theft and cloning.”

Technology Trial To Bust Number Plate Theft

The Andrews Labor Government is trialing new technology to crack down on number plate theft and cloning. Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford was in Bundoora today to announce the start of new trails that will aim to improve vehicle identification, and combat number plate theft and misuse. One technology being trialled is Radio Frequency Identification inside a sticker on a vehicle’s front windscreen, which will act as a third number plate. The sticker self-destructs when removed, enabling police to identify vehicles that are suspected to have a stolen or cloned number plate. The second technology is Dedicated Short Range Communications, a new digital technology that can communicate with road infrastructure and could also be used to identify automated vehicles in the future. Additional security features for number plates, like holographic patterns on driver’s licences and passports, will also be tested. New digital identification methods would make it harder for an offender to hide a vehicle’s identity as the additional identifiers will not match a stolen or cloned number plate. The trials will determine how the technologies operate in practice and how they will integrate with existing systems including Automatic Number Plate Recognition currently used by police. In the 12-months to September 2018, Victoria Police recorded more than 19,000 incidents of number plate theft. Stolen and cloned number plates are often used to hide a vehicle’s identity when committing other crimes such as ram raids, petrol drive-offs and toll evasion. The trials are a partnership between VicRoads, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Victoria Police and La Trobe University. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford “We’re testing new digital technology that will make it easier to identify vehicles with stolen or cloned number plates quicker and easier.” “We are proud to lead this Australia-first research and technology trial and know it will go a long way to help reduce number plate theft and cloning.”