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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1707

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - I refer the Minister representing the Minister for Transport to the recent report in the 'Australian' that the Victorian Car Consumers Association has proposed that there be a register of all vehicles involved in accidents where substantial damage has resulted. Has the Government had time to evaluate this proposal? If it has, would the adoption of such a register be likely to result in higher manufacturing standards and more stringent safety controls throughout the car industry?

Senator CAVANAGH -Yes, the Government has seen the report. Safety is one of the matters to which it is giving continuous consideration. The Government is concerned to see that all cars are manufactured to the highest safety standard. It would support a register of cars involved in accidents so that we would know the history of the cars. But it is thought that periodic compulsory inspection of vehicles is possibly more effective. Damage to a car can be rectified after an accident but the car can deteriorate and become a danger on the road. The new National Authority on Road Safety and Standards is carrying out research on all aspects of road safety and accidents at the present time. It is collecting and disseminating information on road safety and engaging in research and obtaining statistical information on this question.

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