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24/09/2019

Road accidents have brought much attention to road safety initiatives as set out by Australia’s government bodies.

When a road crash occurs, there are many social and economic consequences, prompting governments on every level to focus heavily on passenger and driver safety.

During 2018, there were 1,137 total road deaths and in 2019 there has been a count of 635 deaths thus far - an increase since the same period last year.

Despite this disheartening statistic, buses are now considered the safest form of road transport. With almost 4000 buses operating in the streets of Sydney alone, buses are capable of transporting thousands of passengers a day.

Because of this large number, there is no room to discount the importance of road safety.

The Australian Government and their responsibility to improve road accidents statistics

For the Australian governing bodies, road safety has become a priority as population increases and infrastructure is slow to change.

As of July 2019, the federal government established the Office of Road Safety, a national strategy to improve road safety on a national level. This includes the enforcement of road safety programs in an attempt to eliminate road trauma in Australia.

In Australia, there are various jurisdictions meaning that there are numerous governments - one for each state or territory.

The Federal Government is responsible for:

  • Regulating safety standards for vehicles
  • Allocating resources for infrastructure
  • Administering national road safety programs
  • Road funding
  • Assessing and producing statistics regarding road safety on a national and state/territory level

State and territory governments are responsible for:

  • Funding, planning, designing and operating the road network
  • Managing vehicle registration
  • Managing driver licensing systems
  • Regulating and enforcing road user behaviour

Local governments are responsible for:

  • Funding, planning, designing and operating the road networks in local areas

Road accidents statistics and buses: an industry that is committed to keeping Australia safe

Over the last two decades, following the tragedy of the Kempsey-Grafton bus collision in 1989, the bus industry has placed great emphasis on improving the safety performance of all buses and coaches on Australian roads.

In a modern setting, increasing population results in capacity-constrained networks, boosting the demand for public transport, namely buses. However, this increase in demand poses a problem - a risk to service quality could result in costly investments in the future.

Governments have worked closely with industry professionals, manufacturers and the general public to increase the safety of passengers on a daily basis.

With this, ongoing law reform is required in order to maintain and enhance the quality of the public transport industry in Australia.

Since 1990, here is a list of improvements to the bus industry:

  • The implementation of seat belts being mandated on coaches
  • The adoption of higher levels of state-based industry accreditation schemes
  • Improvements in driver safety training
  • Participation in the development and implementation of bus safety awareness programs
  • Full support of public education programs such as “Be Bus Aware”

These implementations have successfully worked towards an improved road safety initiative on Australian roads. Bus road accidents are trending downwards.

According to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, fatal crashes involving buses decreased by 25.9% since 2018 within the same period. Buses can be considered the safest form of land transport.

More public transport means safer roads.

In addition to this, the Bus Industry is in full support of the Federal and State campaign, “Be Bus Aware” directed at primary and early secondary students and their carers.

Here is a video example of the campaign: https://youtu.be/RXHlJaK-5-g

This campaign promotes bus safety from the perspective of bus passengers, highlighting the importance of bus safety for all road users. Every year, the campaign raises awareness in terms of staying safe and lessening bus injuries and accidents. An effort to improve road safety statistics both now and in the future.

How becoming a bus driver can help decrease road accidents statistics in Australia

In order to ensure the livability of a community, bus drivers are committed to ensuring their service is that of quality.

At Intertrain, our quality training ensures that future bus drivers are equipped with the appropriate knowledge to assist them in excelling in the bus driving industry through the lens of safety and awareness.

In saying this, quality drivers mean that our roads are best led by appropriately trained and qualified drivers, minimising risk. This contributes greatly to the reduction in injuries or fatalities, simply due to quality and ongoing training in the industry.

If you are interested in learning about how to become a bus driver in NSW, contact Intertrain - the new, revolutionary way to obtain your Bus Driver Authority.

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