The National Road Safety Action Plan 2018 – 2020 is in conjunction with the Black Spot Program. The Australian Governments’ Black Spot Program targets locations on roads where the most number of crashes occur by providing funding for more traffic signals and roundabouts at the said locations to reduce the risk of crashing.
The Black Spot Program makes an important contribution in reducing the national road toll under the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan.
Roads and Maritime Services implement the program. This process includes reviewing all NSW black spot nominations received against the criteria of the program. It also involves undertaking an economic assessment of the proposed treatment. Roads and Maritime Services need to prepare a summary of the nominations to present to the Black Spot Panel.
The main areas of focus of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2018 – 2020 outlines the key improvements that the action plan has identified to improve road safety:
- Review speed limits on regional roads and roads that are at high risk of accidents.
- Increase infrastructure funding in the roads that have been pin-pointed as dangerous by the Black Spot Program.
- Implement safety treatments to reduce trauma from crashes.
- Increase deployment of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) in both heavy and light vehicles.
- Increase roadside drug testing.
- Reduce speed limits to 40 km/h in pedestrian and cyclist spots.
- Increase deployment of mobile cameras to achieve safe travel on Australia’s road network.
- Improve heavy vehicle safety by monitoring licensing agreements and fatigue laws
- Increase market uptake of safer new and used vehicles with high safety benefits.
Each of these actions are assigned to the Commonwealth states and territories, local government and Austroads with some of the assignments being to local Police and NTC.
Mike Holeszko, Principal Engineer at the Southern Downs Regional Council will be unpacking the Black Spot Program at the 8th Annual Road Engineering & Maintenance Conference on the 14th & 15th May 2019 in Sydney. He will be sharing his insights on:
- Making the most of the program to improve the road condition and safety
- Methods for selecting appropriate treatments to reduce crash numbers and severity
- Collecting and reporting data on the success of black spot remediation
Source: https://roadsafety.gov.au/action plan/files/National_Road_Safety_Action_Plan_2018_2020.pdf