Bernard Carlon | Chief Road Safety & Maritime Safety, TfNSW
Transport for NSW

Bernard Carlon, Chief Road Safety & Maritime Safety, TfNSW, Transport for NSW

Bernard is the Executive Director, Centre’s for Road Safety and Maritime Safety in Transport for NSW Bernard joined Transport for NSW in 2012 as the Director, Strategy and Policy and has led the Centre for Road Safety since 2015 and Maritime Safety since 2016. He is a board member of ANCAP and a member of the Austroads National Road Safety Taskforce. Bernard has held senior state government roles in policy, regulation, communications and program delivery across the Health, Justice, Environment and Transport portfolios. He is charged with leading the Road Safety and Maritime Safety Strategy’s to move the trauma on our roads and waterways Towards Zero.


Day 1 @ 10:30

The Path “Towards Zero” can technology get us there

  • The NSW Government has a target for zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2050, consistent with the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30. While 2050 may seem a long way off it is crucial to plan now for what our transport system needs to look like in the future. To do this in NSW, Australian-first in-depth modelling was employed to estimate NSW trauma levels in the future, set a long-term vision for our transport system to achieve zero, and then work backwards to identify what the system needs to look like in 2030, and the changes needed to get there.
  • Overall, modelling results show the potential to cut deaths by 90 per cent and serious injuries by 80 per cent by 2050. This highlights that a low trauma future is achievable by delivering the right combination of high-benefit road safety measures across the NSW network.
  • Technology to support safer people, safer vehicles and safer roads will play a key role in driving future road trauma reductions if safety outcomes are integrated throughout planning, development and implementation. While vehicle automation continues to evolve, the full benefits of technology improvements will not be fully realised for decades to come . With the average age of a vehicle in NSW currently being 10 years, it takes time for technology in new vehicles to reach a majority of road users. Currently a third of vehicles involved in NSW fatal crashes are aged 15 years or older, and only 39 per cent of the current light vehicle fleet registered in NSW has a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
  • Ongoing technology transformation in aftermarket vehicle technologies, human factors support technologies and automated enforcement technologies along with road infrastructure technologies in the near to mid-term will continue to be critical in saving lives, while also equipping the network with the right type of features to support advancing vehicle technology in the future.
last published: 18/May/22 02:55 GMT

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