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Priorities for improving the safety of the Victorian taxi fleet

Newstead, S, Mulvihill, C, Budd, L

Crash Avoidance and Crash Severity Reduction Policy Development And Implementation Fleet Safety

ARSC conference 2018

This study aimed to assess the relative merits of age based limits as a tool for governing taxi safety in comparison to other potential policy options including mandating minimum vehicle secondary safety performance, mandating various crash avoidance technologies and behavioural measures to reduce crash risk such as driver training and monitoring. Results showed that age limit restrictions were a weak mechanism by which to govern taxi safety with other options such as improved secondary safety standards, mandating vehicle crash avoidance technologies and introducing effective driver focused measures such as training, licensing and behavioural monitoring, predicted to have much greater safety benefits.