Working Towards Zero with the 2016 – 2020 Road Safety Strategy

A flexible barrier installed on the Melba Highway as part of the Safer System Roads Infrastructure ProgramThe Towards Zero 2016-2020 Road Safety Strategy is the most ambitious action plan in Victoria’s road safety history. This bold plan maps out how Victorian road safety partners will work towards a 20% reduction in deaths and 15% reduction in serious injuries in five years. This is a plan for action to save lives and spare many Victorian families the pain of losing a loved one in coming years.

What is in the Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy?

The Road Safety Strategy is about creating a safe system for all Victorians – this means safe roads and roadsides, safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe road use by all people using the road.

  • The greatest investment in making our roads safer through infrastructure with a particular focus on rural roads – more than $1 billion over five years
  • A major effort to engage with the Victorian community on road safety
  • Further investment in police resources to combat high-risk behaviours
  • New measures to ensure the vehicles Victorians travel in are as safe as they can be.

What will it take?

This is a $1.1 billion investment made up of a number of road safety packages:

Making Rural Roads Safer Package

$340 million to improve 20 of the State’s highest risk roads (2,500km) and reduce head on and run off road crashes by 85% by installing:

  • 330km of flexible barriers
  • rumble strips  on high risk roads
  • additional safety features on flexible barriers for motorcyclists

Safer Local and Busy Places Package

  • $60 million for  safer intersections and traffic calming treatments at busy or high risk locations
  • $100 million to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians through separate bike paths and lanes on principal and priority bicycle routes,  new roundabouts, new speed and red light cameras and raised platforms in high risk intersections

Safer Vehicles and Technology package

  • From 2018, all Government vehicles must have a five star ANCAP rating
  • The TAC and VicRoads will work to encourage parents, young people and businesses to buy safer vehicles
  • A trial of automated and connected vehicle technology in Victoria in partnership with Bosch

Read the Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy 2016-2020 in full