Rural Road Toll

May 29, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has questioned the State Government about the rise in the rural road toll to heights which have not been seen for 14 years.


In Parliament Mr Riordan asked the Minister for Roads and Roads Safety and the TAC what initiatives and improvements she was planning to help stem this drastic situation.


“This year’s State budget sees the Treasury raiding the TAC to the tune of $2.7 billion for funds,” Mr Riordan said. “Funds that could have been directed to road safety initiatives.


“The Government has also flagged a wind back in random breath testing, and there are no new funding commitments to known black spots and dangerous intersections in Polwarth.


“Dan Tehan and the Federal Government has committed $140 million dollars to help restore the neglect of this Government over is major Western Victorian roads. This budget has refused to leverage that gift, to maximise the benefit for the Polwarth region.


“This Government continues to turn a blind eye to the growing tourism hire drive market which we know delivers big time to the State, uses roads in Polwarth, and contributes disproportionately to the road crash data.


“Billions have been spent so Melbourne people can cross train tracks more quickly, but the growing toll of lives lost in rural Victoria continues to not be heard by this State Government,” Mr Riordan said.