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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2349 ..

Transport (Public Passenger Services) Regulation 2002, which concerns directions to get off or not to get on buses, light rail vehicles and light rail stops.

This bill closely aligns with the strategic objectives and commitments in the ACT road safety strategy 2020-25 and our road safety action plan 2020-23. It will continue to deliver on the ACT government’s commitment to vision zero—achieving zero road fatalities and serious injuries.

The amendments proposed in this bill build on our existing regulatory frameworks to help steer our community towards a culture of safe and responsible driving. We want to see more people choosing active travel and alternatives to the car in the future, because this will be essential for cutting Canberra’s transport emissions and reducing congestion as our city grows. But supporting Canberrans to make this choice means ensuring everyone feels safe on our roads no matter how they are moving around. This bill will help to achieve this by encouraging drivers to take more care or face strong penalties if they do not.

Members will note this is not the first piece of legislation I have introduced this year to improve road safety and it will not be the last. Canberra’s road environment is constantly evolving, and our laws equally need to continue to adapt to ensure they provide the best coverage and protections possible.

I value the constructive conversations we have been able to have in this place between all parties about road safety to date. I know everyone here shares a strong commitment to reducing deaths and serious injuries on Canberra’s roads. I look forward to continuing that spirit of collaboration as we move forward with the debate on this bill and future tranches of road safety legislation. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Parton) adjourned to the next sitting.


MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the next item of business I advise members we have a second group of students in the gallery from Ainslie Primary School. We gave your earlier group a warm welcome, and we give you boys and girls a warm welcome to the Assembly as well.

Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee

Reporting date

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (10.42): I move:

That, notwithstanding the provisions of the resolution of the Assembly of 2 December 2020, as amended 30 March and 22 April 2021, that established the general purpose standing committees, the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services shall present its report on the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2) by 22 September 2021.

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