Specialized technology that records car crashes should be considered for all Australian cars.

A federal parliamentary commission has recommended that the government study how to encourage the installation of event data recorders on vehicles.

Information about a collision or near-miss would then be made available to the police.

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The recorders record speed, acceleration and braking among other data during and after an accident.

The Joint Parliamentary Road Safety Committee made 61 recommendations on Monday following an investigation into road toll reductions.

Committee chair Darren Chester said the causes of road deaths and injuries were complex and required “accurate data and high-quality research”.

“Road injuries touch the lives of all Australians, whether as victims of road traffic crashes or as family members, friends, first responders or members of the wider community” , said Mr. Chester.

The report urges the appointment of a minister responsible for road safety, with the minister reporting to parliament annually with performance indicators on the achievement of the targets of national strategies and plans.

The federal government should work with state and territory governments to agree on a system that would enable the sharing of road safety data, the report notes.

And the government should consider how to speed up the mandatory installation of safety features on heavy vehicles.

Becoming a trucker should also be promoted as a desirable career choice, according to the committee. And there should be incentives for the transportation industry to buy newer, safer trucks.


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