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19 November 2004
Minister Opposes Speedometer Limits

Dr Chris Burns MLA
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

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Hon Dr Chris Burns MLA

Transport Minister Dr Chris Burns has formally opposed a proposal from the Victorian Government to limit the maximum speed displayed on a vehicle’s speedometer.

During a meeting with his national counterparts in Brisbane today, Dr Burns said the Northern Territory Government rejected the proposal.

“The Territory has unlimited speed zones on its open roads,” Dr Burns told the 20 th Australian Transport Council meeting.

“Territorians want speedometers to show the speed at which they are travelling.

“It is clearly inappropriate for speedometers to be capped in the Territory.”

Dr Burns said he did not believe there was substantial evidence that a cap on speedometer displays would discourage speeding behaviour.

The proposal has now been referred to the National Transport Commission for review.

Dr Burns said the Australian Transport Council has agreed to hold its next meeting in Alice Springs. The date has not been finalised, but will probably be in late May or early June.

Dr Burns said he had raised the issue of Commonwealth funding for the Territory’s unincorporated roads at a meeting with the Hon. Jim Lloyd, the new Federal Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads.

“The Northern Territory welcomes the promised Commonwealth funding for our unincorporated roads for the next four years,” Dr Burns said.

“But we are still fighting for the $20 million shortfall from the past four years to be made up.”

The Territory has almost 9,000 kilometres of roads in unincorporated areas. Because they are not serviced by a local council or shire, they are ineligible for Commonwealth road funding programs. Thus, Territory communities and industries in remote areas missed out on $20 million of Commonwealth funding under the 2001-2005 Roads to Recovery program.

The Australian Transport Council is a ministerial forum for Commonwealth, State and Territory consultations. It provides advice to governments on the coordination and integration of all transport and road policy issues at a national level.

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