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Hire car stickers give tourists reminder to keep left

A new State Government collaboration with hire car companies based in Western Australia will reinforce the State's commitment to saving lives on the road.

13 Dec 2019
Image: Louise Thompson (Thrifty), Tallara Tilley (Thrifty), Acting Road Safety Commissioner Roger Farley, Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts, Daniela Naumoska (Alamo, National, Redspot, Enterprise), Adam Sands and Louise Fraser (RedSands Campers)

The Road Safety Commission has engaged local branches of hire car companies to launch a small, but vital, immediate reminder for international drivers - a 'keep left' sticker that will be placed on the dashboard of rental cars around the state.

"As soon as an international driver gets into their hire car, this sticker reminds them to drive on the left hand side of the road in Australia," said Acting Road Safety Commissioner Roger Farley.

"These stickers are small but will play a big role in reducing road trauma, by eliminating that moment of confusion some international drivers may have when entering the road."

Ahead of the busy holiday car rental period, Thrifty, Europcar, RedSands Campers, National, Enterprise, Redspot, Alamo and Ace Car Rentals will add the stickers to the interior of their rental cars.

While only 2.5 per cent of the people killed or seriously injured on WA roads between 2014 and 2018, anecdotally local drivers have raised road safety concerns visitors to WA making the mistake of driving on the right-hand side of the road.

"Many people who visit WA from overseas visit family and friends and often borrow a vehicle, rather than hire one," said Mr Farley.

"We encourage West Australians who may lend their car to a family member visiting from a country that drives on the right-hand side of the road to also put a reminder on the dashboard for the international driver to keep to the left."

The 'keep left' stickers are available from the Road Safety Commission, for both hire car companies and private vehicle owners to stick in their vehicles.

The Road Safety Commission has a suite of educational resources for visitors to WA who choose a self-drive holiday in The Road Trip State:
  • The Road Safety Commission website has a page dedicated to Visitors to WA that provides vital road safety advice and information in one place. This page can be read in any language using Google Translate. 
  • Included on the Visitors to WA page are the road safety booklets, Guide to Driving on WA Roads, is available in nine languages on the Road Safety Commission website, with more than 20,000 hard copies already distributed to tourist hotspots, and another 8,000 pre-ordered. These guides will be updated in 2020 to include recent legislation and additional road safety information.
  • Passengers arriving in Western Australia onboard flights with Singapore Airlines, Malindo Air, Garuda International and Tiger Air will be shown a 60 second road safety segment as part of an inflight welcome video with information on road rules, such as keep left and illegal mobile phone use as well as how to combat fatigue.
  • Important Road Safety Commission partnerships with Tourism WA and WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council ensures road safety information is available to visitors to WA as they plan their road trip around our state.
  • The Road Safety Commission has provided road safety information for the Hello Perth tourist guide which is available to international visitors at the T1 and Qantas International arrivals halls at Perth Airport.
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