19 December 2006 at 12:00 PM (noon)
in front of the RTA Head Office at 260 Elizabeth Street - Surry Hills

P-Plate Inaction Will Cost
More Young Lives

Call for Urgent Action -  Not Meetings

A coalition of concerned Road Safety organisations will gather tomorrow  to demand that Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal ceases holding meetings and takes swift and decisive action in order to save the lives of young motorists and road users generally.


The Coalition, comprises representatives from:


  • The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Road Trauma Advisory Committee)
  • The George Institute
  • The Pedestrian Council of Australia
  • Bicycle NSW
  • and Mr Robert Wells (father of Bryce Wells killed in the car crash near Byron Bay in October)


The group will present compelling reasons and data supporting the urgent introduction of the following interventions for P-Plate drivers in NSW:


1  Passenger restrictions

2  Night-time restrictions


The Coalition will also ask the RTA to research the benefits of increasing the minimum P-plate age to 18 and full licence age to 21 as in Victoria.


The Coalition is united in its concerns that the formation of Minister Roozendaal’s P-Plate Advisory Panel is simply a delaying tactic and that the Panel is biased and  unrepresentative.


Contact:         Rob Wells  - (0414) 243-733

                        Dr Danny Cass – RACS (RTAC-NSW) - (0417) 695-030

                        Professor Mark Stevenson – George Institute - (0410) 502-350

                        Fiona Campbell – Bicycle NSW - (0403) 821-374

Harold Scruby – PCA – (0418) 110-011

Driver Fatalities by age group, time of day and day of week, Australia 2003-05

Early Morning = 00:00 to 05:59
Morning = 06:00 to 11:59
Afternoon = 12:00 to 17:59
Evening = 18:00 to 23:59
Source: Australian Transport Safety Bureau