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Royal Award goes to Victoria

6 May 2014

HRH Prince Michael of Kent has presented his 2014 Decade of Action Award to the Government of the State of Victoria

Victoria has pioneered many road safety innovations that are now being admired and replicated across the world; furthermore it has conducted significant outreach programmes in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Announcing his award at The Decade of Action Policy and Donor Forum in Melbourne, Prince Michael said:

“Your Transport Accident Commission is succeeding in solving a conundrum most other high income countries have not yet even recognised: how to complete the cycle of accountability in road safety while at the same time properly accounting for the social, health and economic costs of road traffic injuries".

Emphasising the importance of international collaboration he added, “Vic Roads has a vital task in enhancing infrastructure safety, and is exporting its expertise throughout the wider Asia Pacific region.”

In congratulating many involved in the delivery of road safety in Victoria, The Prince said, “If this was an award for past achievement alone it would be highly justified. But it also recognises the constant striving for further improvement that characterises the Victorian, and the Australian, approach to road safety.”

During his visit to Australia The Prince also visited The Accident Research Centre at Monash University which he described as “world leading, playing a key role in the intellectual and practical development of the Safe Systems approach.”
 

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