Stronger language required around NRSS incentives

HVIA has called for stronger incentives for newer, safer and more productive vehicles in the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) and action plan.

Infrastructure and Transport Ministers had released the draft for a National Road Safety Strategy for the decade 2021-30 with vision zero as a long-term objective.

National Policy and Government Relations Manager, Greg Forbes said HVIA supports the overall strategy but would like to see stronger language around the incentives for the uptake of new vehicles.

“The strategy acknowledges that new vehicles, and the safety technology that goes with them, will play a big part in reducing the road toll, but uses soft language like encourage and promote voluntary uptake,” Mr Forbes said.

“HVIA would like to see the strategy call on all parties – politicians, corporations, community organisations and the general public – to do everything they can to incentivise the uptake of these vehicles.

“Incentives do not always need to be cash, and do not always need to be provided by governments; some of the most effective incentives are ones that allow road users to be more productive, reduce costs or attract more business.

Mr Forbes said HVIA would like to see everyone incentivise for safer vehicles by implementing safe systems into their day-to-day activities.

“This includes in-house purchasing practices, or incentives for contractors to implement safe system approaches and buy newer, safer vehicles,” he said.

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