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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2228..


Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) The crash analysis indicates a small reduction in crash numbers of streets zoned 50 km/h. Before the introduction of the 50 km/h speed limit there were 852 crashes over 36 months (23.7 crashes /month) compared to 518 crashes in the 24 months after the introduction on the lower limit (21.6 crashes/month). This indicates a drop of 9%, however the decrease in crash numbers was not statistically significant.

(2) The decision to introduce a 50km/h default speed limit was justified because of:

Significant speed reductions; 2 km/h reduction in mean speed and 2.6 km/h reduction in 85th percentile speed on 50 km/h streets

Strong community support; 70% of respondents surveyed approved of the 50 km/h speed limit

A national movement towards 50km/h speed limits; it is expected that it will be in place across Australia by the end of the year

Positive crash reductions; the analysis found that the introduction of 50km/h limits was a cost effective measure with real world savings of approximately $3.97 million in crash costs based on the reduction in fatal, injury and property damage crashes over the period of the trial

(3)

(a) 50 km - None

(b) 60 km - 1

(c) 70 km - None

(d) 80 km - 2

(e) 90 km - 2

(f) 100 km - None

Building site inspections

(Question No 731)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for the Environment, upon notice:

Further to your reply to an Estimates question asked on 15 May 2003 that Environment Protection Officers (EPO's) "regularly inspect building activities within the ACT":

(1) How many EPO's are there in the ACT;

(2) How many building sites were inspected in (a) 2000-01 (b) 2001-02 (c) 2002-03;

(3) How many penalties have been issued in each of the years above and what was the annual total of penalties in each of the years in (2) above.


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