Media Release

PCA Calls on Minister Scully to Introduce Double Demerit Points for Entire Olympic and Paralympic Period and 40 km/h Zone for CBD

Monday 7 August 2000
The Chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia (PCA), Mr Harold Scruby, today called on the Minister for Roads and Transport, the Hon Carl Scully, to declare the period from 9 September 2000 until the end of the Paralympic games, a double-demerit points period in NSW.

He said: "The NSW Pedestrian Road Toll this year stands at 80 - 10 higher than last year (see attached). Serious pedestrian injuries are ten times this amount. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable of all road users. In just over a month, we will have the largest influx of tourists known to this nation. Most will come to Sydney. Many will be used to crossing the road, conditioned to looking the wrong way. Many will be driving rent-a-cars on the left hand side of the road for the first time. Many will not even be able to speak English.

"For this very reason, we must introduce every best-practice, Road Safety system available. The double-demerit points system has worked extremely well in preceding holiday periods. The PCA can claim some responsibility for this important life-saving initiative. There will naturally be a three-week "double demerit" point period during the school holiday period. We are simply asking the Minister to consider extending it to encompass the entire Olympic/Paralympic period.

"Additionally, we call upon the Minister to override the City of Sydney and declare the entire CBD a 40 km/h zone. It has been 40 km/h in both The Rocks and Darling Harbour for some time now. The PCA has been lobbying the Council for years to have the speed limit reduced to 40 km/h, without success. Proven tests reveal that cutting speed limits to 40 km/h in CBDs can dramatically reduce the Road Toll. The RTA has research which proves that motorists will not reach their destinations any later at the new speed limit. In fact, recent studies have suggested that such speeds actually improve traffic flow in such environments. In February 1999, the Minister formally supported our call for a 40 km/h CBD and even offered to pay the costs for the transfer (copy of letter attached). We applaud Minister Scully and STAYSAFE Chairman Mr McBride, for their commitment to Road Safety, particularly pedestrian safety and request that his Government and ORTA override the City of Sydney and introduce the new 40 km/h speed limit in the CBD as soon as possible." Mr Scruby said.

Contact: Harold Scruby Chairman/CEO (0418) 110-011 or (02) 9968-4555


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