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Hunter roads fail safety test, almost half below standard

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Well, it’s official, Hunter roads are some of the state’s worst, with less than 1% receiving a 5-star safety rating in an Australian Roads Assessment Program (AusRAP) report. 

The not-for-profit, non-partisan transport agency has revealed that of the 1,317 kilometres of roads across the Hunter and Central Coast, only 0.5% are worthy of full marks. 
 
In fact, across the network of tar, just 6% received a four-star rating, 47% received a three-star rating and 30% of the network received a two-star rating.  

Alarmingly, 17% received the lowest, one-star rating.

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NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury said the fact that the total length of NSW roads to receive the maximum five-star safety rating is less than a rounding error should concern policymakers.  

“Australians will contribute over $23 billion to the Federal Government through the Fuel Excise this year alone – they have earnt the right to drive on safe roads and to have real-time data and information on the safety features of the roads they drive on every day,” Mr Khoury said.   

“As the Australian Government looks to re-focus its infrastructure funding priorities there are two critical statistics it must keep in mind only 0.3 per cent of the state’s roads is deemed to be truly safe and the national road toll is seven per cent higher than the same time last year.  

“More of the fuel excise must go back into building safer roads and all available data on road safety must be made publicly available in real-time, because if we don’t have a clear and current grasp on the problems how do we expect, as a nation to fix them?” 

The most up-to-date available data of AusRAP has provided a one-to-five-star safety rating for the roads and revealed only 0.3% of the NSW network was given a five-star rating. 

A new AusRAP Strategy and Business Plan has committed to 12 targets that will support the national target of at least 80% of travel on 3-star or better roads by 2030. 

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