Posted on 10. May, 2012 in News
Road incident response units designed to improve safety on busy arterial roads have been significantly reduced as part of the Baillieu Government’s savage funding cuts, Shadow Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said today. In a Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing, Roads Minister Terry Mulder admitted his government was decreasing the units as part of their funding cuts.
“This Government is more interested in penny pinching than making our roads safer for motorists,” Shadow Minister for Roads and Road Safety Mr Donnellan said.
“These units are an important way of making our arterial roads safer by responding quickly to car breakdowns and accidents.
“These cuts will mean more road congestion and will put drivers and inexperienced road maintenance staff in harms way.
“Instead of funding experienced incident response service staff, the Baillieu Government expects road maintenance personnel and RACV staff and inexperienced VicRoads contractors to carry out the work.
“Mr Mulder can’t claim the funding cuts are an operational matter when he and the Premier approved the service cut as part of the budget process.
“Motorists’ safety on Melbourne’s arterial roads should be paramount but instead the Baillieu Government is more interested in slashing important funding.”