Posted on 01. Mar, 2013 in News

The Baillieu Government’s road safety strategy is full of potholes just like many roads in Victoria, Shadow Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan said today.

Mr Donnellan said some of the initiatives announced by the Baillieu Government were carbon copies of the Victorian Labor Party’s road safety strategy launched 18 months ago.

“Peter Ryan has a track record of forgetting conversations with his own party members and of his own policies and today we saw another example of that,” Mr Donnellan said.

“Mr Ryan this morning said there wasn’t going to be an expansion of speed cameras but on page 12 of his own document it clearly says there will be an increase in the use of speed, red light, point to point and mobile cameras.

“Mr Baillieu and Mr Ryan can no longer be believed when they say they are serious about tackling road safety if they can’t get their policy right.

“There is no new funding attached to any of the announcements made this week.

“The claimed $1billion over 10 years is not an increase in funding when you look at the facts.

“The Baillieu Government last year cut regional road maintenance spending by 60% and metropolitan road maintenance funding by 50% or $100 million.”

Mr Donnellan said the Government’s strategy appeared to be more about fines and revenue raising than saving Victorian motorists lives.

“Many of the so-called initiatives such as tailgating have no timeline of implementation, cost or funding attached,” he said.

“Mr Baillieu and Mr Ryan have cut road maintenance funding in half, expended all new signage and road safety supervisor funding and provided not one new dollar.

“This raises the question, what school or hospital will miss out on vital funding to pay for these proposals.”

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