AusRAP Star Ratings enable us to identify unsafe roads before a crash occurs and work out what to do to make them safer.
Star Ratings measure the inherent safety of a road’s infrastructure – that is, the degree to which built-in safety features prevent crashes from occurring and reduce the severity of those crashes which do occur. Each road is assigned a rating out of five stars, which tells us how safe the road is.
Safe Road Investment Plans (SRIP)
Once the Star Rating is assessed, AusRAP can develop Safer Roads Investment Plans (SRIPs). These plans draw on more than 50 countermeasures to generate costed road upgrade proposals which can prevent tens of thousands of fatalities and serious injuries over a 20-year period. The plans use estimates of reductions in fatalities and serious injuries to quantify safety benefits.
Only countermeasures with a benefit cost ratio (BCR) greater than one are considered by the SRIP, indicating a positive economic return on investing in road improvements. Implementing these plans would reduce the proportion of 1 and 2-star sections of national highway and prevent casualties on Australian roads each year.
Simple measures to prevent run-off-road, head-on and intersection crashes can save lives and reduce injuries from crashes on our roads.
Latest star rating results
In 2014, RACV assessed 2,885 kilometres of Victoria’s national highway network classified from one star (least safe) to five stars (most safe), just two per cent of the Victorian rural highway network achieved the maximum five star rating, with 24 per cent rated at less than three stars.
RACV believes that all existing sections of the National Highway Network should be upgraded to achieve a minimum AusRAP safety rating of three stars. Newly constructed sections of highway should achieve a safety rating of no less than four stars.
RACV has called on the State and Federal Governments to make a commitment to upgrade 1 and 2-star sections of rural highway to a 3-star minimum AusRAP standard commencing with the Calder Hwy north of Bendigo, the Western Hwy west of Stawell, the Princes Hwy West west of Colac and the Princes Hwy East east of Sale.
RACV also calls on the State and Federal Governments to commit to funding the completion of duplications to at least a 4-star AusRAP standard commencing with the Western Highway from Ballarat to Stawell, including a bypass of Beaufort, the Princes Hwy West from Geelong to Colac, the Princes Hwy East from Traralgon to Sale, and construction of the Shepparton Bypass.
We have calculated that an investment of approximately $580 million would achieve the minimum three star standard on Victoria’s major highways saving at least 2,800 people from serious injury or death on these roads over the next 20 years.