In parliament last week, Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, supported a call for better education programs for international drivers on Victoria’s roads.
Following claims that overseas drivers are the greatest hazard on the Great Ocean Road Mr Ramsay has supported a motion for the adoption of the New Zealand education program targeted at international drivers.
“There is no doubt that foreign visitors are having difficulty in negotiating some of our roads, particularly those in Western Victoria,” said Mr Ramsay.
The recently announced driver education program aims to reduce the number of fatal crashes on Victorian roads through a more focused education program.
“As international licence holders are involved in 21 per cent of crashes along the Great Ocean Road we have a responsibility to educate drivers on the dangers of our roads.”
The international driver’s education program is only a small part of making Western Victoria’s roads safer.
“Roads in Western Victoria are in need of urgent repairs and I commend Roma Britnell, Liberal Member for South-West Coast and Richard Riordan, Liberal Member for Polwarth for raising the poor state of Victoria’s regional roads and the difficulties our international drivers have when using them.”
Mr Ramsay further explained the importance of an audit of the newly developed program in six months to report on the effectiveness of the program.
“As indicated by the Shadow Minister for Public Transport, the Honourable David Davis, we would like an audit to validate the program in six months’ time.”
“With millions of visitors to the coastal areas in Western Victoria and the significant increase in international visitors, which bring billions of tourist dollars to the local economy, we want to ensure they are safe on our roads, and that this program will help save lives,” said Mr Ramsay.