Improving Victoria's roads and transport

Transport and land use plans should be integrated and take into account the role of all transport modes

RACV works to improve Victorian roads through research, analysis and representing members' interests to government.

As a member-based organisation, it is important that RACV knows what our members think and want, and to this end we undertake extensive research on motoring and related issues.

Based on this research, we know that members generally seek "win-win" outcomes, which maximise the benefits that result from using their vehicle, but without excessive social or environmental impacts.

Our members want the Victorian road network to provide greater mobility, greater safety and greater efficiency because:

  • The road network has to allow us to access jobs and schools, do our shopping, visit family and friends, and participate in social and recreational activities.
  • Greater safety is core. One of the most effective ways of reducing death and injury on our roads is to ensure that the road itself is safe.
  • Great efficiency means that Victoria needs a continuous, connected and safe network.
  • Most public transport runs on our roads. An efficient road network is required to transport the thousands of people who use buses and trams every day and for access to railway stations.

For more information, choose from the following areas which outline RACV’s position on developing and improving the road network:


The road network serves the needs of a number of often competing uses. In many urban areas while some major arterial roads still have missing links, there is little scope for major new infrastructure, so more efficient use of the current road space is needed.

RACV believes that greater use should be made of clearways, including 24-hour clearways on major traffic routes where appropriate.

The major role of road-based transport modes (including bicycles, motorcycles and public transport) in Victoria must be recognised, and an adequate road network provided.

To ensure these modes of transport complement rather than compete, transport should be planned as an integrated system rather than many sets of separate modes. Plans should include provision for not only existing, but future development demands.

Governments should ensure that all Victorians have a basic level of mobility and access to services, recognising that public and private transport modes have a role to play.

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