Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Premier Congratulates TAC On 25-Year Anniversary
Victor P Taffa
Premier Ted Baillieu has thanked the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) for 25 years of dedication to Victorians injured on the state’s roads.
Marking the organisation’s 25th year today, Premier Baillieu said the anniversary highlighted Victoria’s reputation as a world leader in road safety.
“Victoria through the TAC has a proud history of road safety innovation.” Premier Baillieu said.
“The TAC has supported around 600,000 Victorians injured in road accidents and their families by funding treatment and benefits to help them on the road to recovery and independence.”
“During the TAC’s 25-year history, the road toll has reduced from 705 in 1987 to 287 last year. We have also seen a significant reduction in the number of serious injuries sustained on Victorian roads.”
“While the importance of road and vehicle improvements can’t be discounted, the TAC’s efforts to change the attitudes and behaviour of Victorian drivers have had a profound impact.” Premier Baillieu said.
In Geelong to celebrate the milestone today, Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said the TAC had made rehabilitation a reality for many people.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is continuing the work done by successive governments on road safety by developing a new 10-year road safety strategy to drive further reductions in the road toll.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.
“Last month we sought the public’s feedback on a range of road safety issues to improve Victoria’s world-leading road safety record.”
“More than 20,000 people have responded to our road safety survey which will help inform the direction we take on road safety over the next decade.”
“The strategy will aim to further reduce the number of deaths on our roads and address the incidence of serious injury and trauma that is the hidden road toll.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.