‘Separation kerbing’ reducing tram-vehicle collisions
An average of 20 cars are colliding with trams every week across Melbourne's 250km-long tram network. That’s why raised kerbing is being rolled out to help put an end to the trend.
Trams are an iconic form of public transport for Melburnians, with more than 200 million journeys completed every year.
But not everyone is arriving at their destination safely.
Each day, there is an average of three vehicle-to-tram collisions across Melbourne’s 250km-long tram network, resulting in hundreds of collisions every year.
During 2021 there were 673 vehicle-to-tram incidents, representing a 15 per cent increase on 2020 figures (583 incidents).
Trams share our roads with motor vehicles, but unlike cars, buses, and trucks, trams can’t swerve. This means that if a vehicle crosses into the path of an oncoming tram, the only option tram drivers can take is to brake.
When forced to brake suddenly to avoid or minimise damage in a collision, passengers onboard the tram can be injured, particularly if they’re not seated or holding onto a safety rail.
“Because of the diversity of mobility in the CBD, Melburnian motorists have a unique set of hazards they need to be mindful of,” says RACV Head of Policy James Williams.
“Trams are just one of those additional modes of transport that drivers need to be mindful of along with awareness of pedestrians, cyclists and e-scooter users in the CBD.”