Accidents signify inefficiency which places intolerable burdens on the community. The need for improved safety on the road is integral to better transportation policy. The merging of Australia's previously separate Departments of Transport and Civil Aviation encourages coordinated policy planning. The present system of national highways is an extension of the Australian government's involvement in road development policy brought about by its large financial contribution to road-building programs. The states themselves have attempted to rationalize (make more efficient) the transportation of goods by effective distribution between road and rail modes. Market forces and government restrictions both play a part in rationalizing transport. Social costs and benefits must be considered, for example air quality and corresponding regulation of vehicle emissions, as well as support of urban mass transit systems. Another important issue in rationalizing transport policy is the matter of investment policy. Progress in road safety requires streamlining of the institutional framework. The government has established the National Authority on Road Safety and Standards to work with relevant road safety authorities.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also published in HS-026 061U, "Road Accident Information Seminar Proceedings," Canberra, Australia, 1978 p 1-6.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Australian Government Publishing Service

    P.O. Box 84
    Canberra, A.C.T. 2600,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Halton, C C
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 6 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00394060
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-026 062U
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM