Tackling bad roads with tech

MOTORCYCLISTS are over- represented in New South Wales road trauma statistics, the Staysafe Commitee's report on motorcycle safety in New South Wales has found.

One set of possible solutions identified by the committee is the greater use of technology in areas such as reporting of road hazards.

"Road users are often the first to identify safety issues on the road," Committee Chairman Greg Alpin said.

"We need a hazard reporting system that is easy to use, such as a phone app, to report any road incidents.

"And, we also need to ensure that the relevant authorities are technologically integrated to ensure road hazards are dealt with quickly."

Mr Alpin said a partnership between state road authorities and local councils in delivering road safety systems of the 21st century is integral to any solution mix.

The committee also made recommendations to enhance driver skills, behaviour and awareness of riders and to improve the interaction between riders and other road users, particularly drivers.

A possible amnesty on unlicensed riding is listed as an option to bring these riders into the licensing system.

Read the report at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/staysafe.



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