A Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into the increased road toll has recommended the Victorian Government work with the tourism industry to address issues with road safety associated with international drivers on the Great Ocean Road.
Member for South West Coast and Shadow Minister for Rural Roads Roma Britnell says the Andrews Government must immediately adopt this recommendation and work to improve the skills of international drivers.
“We absolutely welcome international tourists to our beautiful region, but the safety of everyone on our roads, including international drivers, must be at the forefront,” she said.
“Roads in Australia, particularly the Great Ocean Road, present a range of different challenges that international drivers may not be used to or aware of.
“We need to make sure they have the skills to deal with those challenges before they get behind the wheel to keep everyone safe.”
Ms Britnell said there had been some work done in this area, but much more was needed.
“It needs to go beyond a brochure or a roadside sign. I don’t claim to have the answers on how we address this – but we need to bring the right people together to figure out the best way forward,” she said.
“With international tourism still suspended, now is the perfect time to be addressing these issues ready for when we start to welcome visitors back.
“The Andrews Government must seize this opportunity and adopt this recommendation and get to work to ensure the safety of everyone on our key tourist routes.”