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Tuesday, 4 March 1980
Page: 538

Senator Colston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 19 February 1980:

Has any evaluation been made of the use of highway fusee warning signals under Australian conditions: if so, what were the conclusions drawn from that evaluation; if not, will the Minister arrange to have such an evaluation made.

Senator Chaney - The Minister for Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

No authoritative evaluation has been made of fusee devices for highway warning purposes. However, representatives of State and Commonwealth departments concerned with examining road rules have considered the devices, and decided not to include their use in a model traffic code. Individual States may, of course, permit such devices as they see fit. The decision to reject use of these devices was based on the limited use to which they could be put, having regard to their pyrotechnic nature, and environmental conditions such as bush and fuel fire risk.

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