TOURISM VICTORIA’S INEFFECTIVE DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM
Member for Western Victoria Region used a Constituency Question in Parliament to ask the Minister for Tourism and Major Events about the success of the Tourism Victoria’s Visiting Driver Road Safety Program in reducing international driver involvement in crashes on the Great Ocean Road.
Mrs McArthur said VicRoads had revealed crash data for the Great Ocean Road that shows that 20% of crashes involve international drivers, a conservative estimate given this data only includes the incidents where ambulances were called.
She said in 2017, Tourism Victoria developed the Visiting Driver Road Safety Program which included: a simplified Chinese version of safety tips, a short road safety video and supporting promotional materials.
At the time, the then Minister for Tourism and Major Events stated: “the Visiting Driver Road Safety Program will help international drivers in Victoria have a safe trip while enjoying everything our great state has to offer.”
However, despite this program the number of crashes involving international drivers remains high, Mrs McArthur concluded.
21 June 2019