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Thursday 6 October, 2005 Media Release. From the Minister for Transport
A new independent rail, bus and marine safety investigation unit with wide powers is one of a number of far-reaching reforms introduced into State Parliament today to further improve public transport and marine safety in Victoria.
Transport Minister Peter Batchelor said today the Transport Legislation (Safety Investigations Bill) 2005 would, for the first time, establish Victoria’s own dedicated and expert unit to conduct major investigations into rail and marine safety.
Mr Batchelor said the related Rail Safety Bill 2005 would deliver a new and better approach for regulating rail safety in line with international best practice.
“Both Bills involve the most far reaching reforms to public transport safety in decades,” Mr Batchelor said.
“We are going to put even more effort into preventing public transport and marine fatalities and injuries by adopting the best safety practices from around Australia and the world.
“In particular, we are boosting powers to require all those working in the rail sector to better identify and manage potential safety risks that are within their control.
“Victoria has an excellent rail safety record but we are determined to build on it and make passenger travel, freight operations, as well as shipping and recreational boating even safer,” he said.
Other major features of the Bills include:
• establishing the independent Office of the Director, Public Transport Safety and the Office of Chief Investigator, Transport and Marine Safety Investigations;
• introducing a strengthened safety accreditation scheme for all rail parties;
• introducing safety duties for infrastructure managers and rolling stock operators, contractors, rail safety workers and utilities;
• introducing a new hierarchy of rail sanctions and penalties geared to prevention, and providing incentives to better manage risks;
• appointing Transport Safety Offices with powers of entry, inspection search and seizure.
The Rail Safety Bill 2005 will allow the Director, Public Transport Safety, to respond to breaches of the legislation by issuing warnings, improvement and prohibition notices and, as a last resort, prosecution or suspension of rail safety accreditation.
The maximum penalties for breaching the safety duties will be approximately $900,000 for a company, in line with current Occupational Health and Safety maximum penalties. The current maximum penalty under the Transport Act is $200,000.
Mr Batchelor said that currently, where incidents occur on the national rail system or concern international or interstate shipping, safety investigations may be conducted by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) or the marine or public transport safety regulators.
“A thorough review has indicated serious rail and marine accident accidents should be investigated at a state level independently of existing safety regulators. This will avoid potential conflicts of interest and compliment the role of the ATSB.
“Accordingly, the Office of Chief Investigator, Transport and Marine Safety Investigations will conduct systemic investigations that are independent, impartial and unbiased.
“Importantly, these investigations will unearth the causes of accidents and provide invaluable information to further improve rail and marine safety.”
Mr Batchelor said the proposed new rail safety regime would better reflect Victoria’s privatised public transport sector and was consistent with national rail safety legislation being developed by the National Transport Commission.
He said the Director, Transport Safety, would need to consult with stakeholders and use cost benefit analysis as a basis for decision-making, particularly for recommendations involving significant costs.
“Ultimately, these historic reforms will improve public confidence in rail and marine safety and make these sectors safer for the travelling public and the workers themselves,” Mr Batchelor said.
The reforms follow a comprehensive review of the findings of several rail accidents including the Waterfall accident in NSW, and Victoria’s current safety regulatory arrangements, and consultation with rail and marine organisations, unions and other parties.
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