Multilingual road signs
The Road Safety Council has welcomed additional road safety measures to keep visitors to WA and other road users safe on WA roads.
Minister for Road Safety Michelle Roberts and Minister for Transport Rita Safiotti today announced plans to install multilingual ‘keep left’ signs in German, French and Simple Mandarin on Indian Ocean Drive to remind international drivers to drive on the left hand side of the road.
In a WA first, a trial of directional arrows painted on the road surface will also be conducted, with the intermittent arrows a reminder for drivers to keep left.
The roll-out will commence on Indian Ocean Drive, where road safety improvements continue following the 2017 Safe System Review into road trauma on that road between Two Rocks and Lancelin, including the installation of wide centre lines to reduce head on crash risk.
The State Government will assess the viability of installing ‘keep left’ signs and directional arrows on other tourist routes around WA.
“This is good news for road safety, and I welcome the announcement of another educational tool to remind international drivers that we drive on the left in WA,” said Road Safety Council Chairman Iain Cameron.
“The number of people with foreign licences who were killed or seriously injured on WA roads over the last five years is less than one per cent of the total number of serious injuries and fatalities.
“The Safe System review into serious crashes on Indian Ocean Drive supported these statistics, however there have been high-profile news reports and anecdotal evidence that international drivers put themselves and others at risk through mistakes made on high speed-high risk roads as they travel the state.
“The installation of ‘keep left’ signs and arrow markings on major tourist routes will work with other education tools already in place to improve road safety for everyone”
The Road Safety Commission has a suite of road safety educational tools and campaigns available for visitors to WA who choose a self-drive holiday around out State, including:
- More than 20,000 copies of the multilingual A Guide to Driving in WA Roads booklet have been distributed to hire car companies, tourist centres, roadhouses, caravan parks, licensing centres and other tourist areas around the state.
- The A Guide to Driving on WA Roads booklet, which is available in nine languages, can also be downloaded from the Road Safety Commission website.
- The Visitors to WA page on the Road Safety Commission website can be translated to the majority of world languages to provide a better understanding of WA’s road rules to international drivers.
- Engagement with WA hire car companies to increase awareness of ‘keep left’ and other road safety messages before cars are driven away.
- Collaboration with Tourism WA and WA indigenous Tourism Operators Council to provide road safety information on their websites and hard copies of tourist maps.
- A 60 second road safety segment included on the inflight video played to visitors on arrival to WA onboard Singapore Airlines, Tigerair, AirAsia and Garuda Indonesia.
- A road safety section in the What’s On guide available on arrival at Perth Airport.
- The installation of multilingual ‘keep left’ signs on Caves Road in the South West in collaboration with Main Roads WA.
For more information on road safety for visitors to WA, head to the Road Safety Commission website