Posted on 07. May, 2012 in News
The Baillieu Government is more interested in collecting speed fine revenue than making Victoria’s roads safer after it appears to have significantly cut funding for road safety, Shadow Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Luke Donnellan said today.
The former Labor Government provided $50 million over three years for the Arrive Alive II program, while it appears the Baillieu Government will provide a measly $17 million over four years for Victoria’s Road Safety Action Plan.
“It appears the Baillieu Government has cut more than $30 million from road safety while at the same time significantly increasing revenue from fines to more than $300 million,” Mr Donnellan said.
“This Government seems more interested in raising revenue and fining Victorians than providing sufficient funding for road safety initiatives to protect Victorian lives.
“The Baillieu Government needs to do more to reduce drink driving and speeding, as well as support cycling and pedestrian safety and driver education. So far it’s delivered very little.”
Mr Donnellan said the Government needed to explain to Victorians how much funding it had dedicated to road safety and what new road safety initiatives it would deliver in the next 12 months.
“The Government should be doing more to promote safety on our roads, not less,” he said.
“It is not good enough for the Baillieu Government to be hitting taxpayers with increased fines, while decreasing spending on road safety measures.”