Road Safety Action Plan 2021-2023
The state’s first Road Safety Action Plan will drive down road trauma by focusing on the groups we know are over-represented in deaths and serious injuries on our roads each year.
It will introduce new safety infrastructure and create strategies to increase public awareness and help protect our most vulnerable road users.
It is the first in a series of action plans implementing the Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021- 2030.
The action plan will be delivered by the Road Safety Partners of Victoria:
- Department of Transport and Planning
- Victoria Police
- Transport Accident Commission
- Department of Justice and Community Safety
- Department of Health
The partners will work closely with stakeholders including WorkSafe, local councils and community organisations, and others who can help us achieve our road safety goals.
Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030
The Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 aims to halve deaths by 2030 and put us on a strong path to eliminate all road deaths by 2050.
Most Victorians do the right thing on our roads, but when crashes happen, they have devastating impacts on individuals, families, communities and workplaces.
The strategy seeks to embed a strong culture of road safety within the community, supporting road users to make safe choices as we progressively reduce fatalities on our roads.
The strategy’s objectives are to:
- ensure all Victorians are safe and feel safe, on and around our roads.
- halve all road deaths by 2030 and put us on a strong path to eliminate all road deaths by 2050, while also reducing serious injuries on our roads.
- encourage a culture of road safety within the Victorian community.
- deliver a suite of initiatives that have an impact in the short-term while preparing us for future opportunities.
The strategy will be implemented via short-term action plans of key initiatives. This approach allows us to be agile in response to road safety now and into the future.
The strategy is informed by data and research, subject matter expert contributions, and stakeholder and community engagement undertaken in 2019 and 2020.
Road Safety Victoria – based within the Department of Transport and Planning – led the development of the strategy in collaboration with the Victorian Road Safety Partnership – the Transport Accident Commission, Victoria Police, the Department of Justice and Community Safety, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Hooning Community Reference Group
A Hooning Community Reference Group has been established after an increase in reckless driving behaviour during the coronavirus pandemic, which has continued into 2023.
Victoria has some of the toughest anti-hoon legislation in the country to stop dangerous drivers in their tracks, with penalties including on-the-spot licence suspensions for excessive speeding, as well as police powers to impound and permanently confiscate vehicles. Some local councils have additional measures through by-laws, including fines for attendees at hooning events.
In partnership with Victoria Police, the new reference group brings together the community and stakeholders including experts in road safety across Government, enforcement and research bodies. They’ll provide feedback and recommendations for consideration by Government to enhance and support the deterrence of hooning and the development of a new Victorian Hoon Driving Action Plan.
The focus of recommendations will be on identifying potential short, medium and long-term solutions to increase education, improve early intervention and support deterrence initially in key hooning hot spots across Melbourne’s north, west, south-east and inner city locations.
Over 2022 and 2023, two series of community meetings were held on Hooning in Victoria. Feedback from these sessions will be used to inform recommendations for consideration by Government to deter hooning in Victoria.
In mid-2022, a series of community meetings were held across metropolitan Melbourne. These meetings aimed to understand community concerns and ensure that recommendations captured local views on hooning. The outcomes from these initial sessions can be viewed in the below report.
In mid-2023, a series of online community meetings were held for each Victorian region. These meetings aimed to understand community concerns in regional Victoria and ensure that the recommendations also captured regional experiences and views.
To complement the insights gained from the community meetings and the Hooning Community Reference Group, we commissioned the Queensland University of Technology (CARRS-Q) in 2022.
The research project aimed to build a deeper understanding of hooning and how it is being addressed effectively across other Australian jurisdictions as well as globally.