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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3432

Mr Morris (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

Has he consulted with the Treasurer with a view to implementing the recommendation of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Road Safety that the Insurance Commission be asked to obtain relevant information from insurance companies in order to assist in the collation of statistics on road traffic accidents.

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

As the Expert Group on Road Safety also stated in its report of October 1975, insurance offices collect much useful statistical information and there is increasing willingness on the part of insurance companies to make data available for road safety research.

My Department is aware of deficiencies in present road safety statistics and will continue to consider the contribution which can be made by insurance companies.

However, the Insurance Commission has no authority under its Act to require insurers to supply these data and such a request would sot be connected with the administration of the Act. In light of this no approach has been made to the Treasurer for the Commission to obtain road safety data.

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