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Wednesday, 16 February 1977
Page: 166

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did he tell me in answer to Question No. 1232 that the Insurance Commission has :no authority under its Act to require insurers to supply road safety data and to request them to do so would not be connected with the administration of the Act.

(2)   Did he also say that no approach had been made to the Treasurer for the Commission to obtain road safety data.

(3)   In view of the statement made by the Expert Group on Road Safety and the recommendation of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Road Safety that insurance offices collect such information, will he now request the Treasurer to initiate amendments to the Insurance Act 1973 to require insurance companies to supply data on road traffic accidents, in order to improve the availability of road accident statistics; if not, why not.

Mr Nixon -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   It is considered preferable to seek the co-operation of insurers for work on specific projects, rather than seek statutory returns. Information sought can thus be designed for the particular study in mind. The honourable member will recall that insurance companies advised the Standing Committee that they were willing to help in this way.

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