Saving Lives Together

100 Years of road safety in WA

2019 - 2009

  • 2019 - Multi-lingual road signage trial introduced on Indian Ocean Drive to remind tourists to ‘Keep left.”
  • 2019 - ‘What you blow is what you go’ law Police no longer have to use a time consuming formula to calculate a drink driver’s blood alcohol content.
  • 2018 - SLOMO (Slow Down, Move Over) Laws introduced requiring drivers to slow down to a maximum of 40 km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles.
  • 2018 - ‘Charlotte’s Law’ introduced named after Charlotte Pemberton, who was killed when struck by a speeding and unlicensed motorcyclist.
  • 2018 - Taxi Seatbelts required for children aged 1-7 years travelling in taxis and on-demand transport if a child restraint is not available in the vehicle.
  • 2017 - New minimum safe distance passing rules Introduced to help protect cyclists.
  • 2017 - Average Speed Safety Camera Zone installed on 27km stretch of Forrest Highway between Lake Clifton and Binningup.
  • 2016 - Alcohol interlock scheme. Ensures drivers convicted of an alcohol offence must breathe into a device in the car before the ignition can be switched on.
  • 2015 - Browne Review introduced. A review of Road Safety Governance in Western Australia.
  • 2015 - Road Traffic Legislation Amendment Act 2015. Increasing maximum penalties.
  • 2014 - Amended penalties. Speeding, mobile phones, non-use of restraints, failure to giving way, keeping left and a range of other offences.
  • 2014 - Mobile phone use while driving included in double demerits on long weekends and public holidays.
  • 2012 - Supervised learner driving hours increased from 25 hours to 50 hours.
  • 2011 - First fixed site speed camera Installed on Mitchell Freeway.
  • 2011 - Hand-held speed cameras LTI TruCam introduced into the speed camera fleet.
  • 2011 - Drink and drug driving penalties Increased.
  • 2011 - Last of the Multanova Radar speed cameras retired.
  • 2011 - Hands-free use of mobile phones banned whilst driving for all functions except making and receiving a phone call and use of the satellite navigation function.
  • 2010 - Restraints regulations amended. All passengers to be restrained in either a seat belt or child restraint.
  • 2010 - Child car restraints regulations amended.
  • 2010 - Introduction of new speed cameras. Redflex Red light/speed cameras and Vitronic PoliScan digital speed cameras.
  • 2010 - Disqualification for drink driving. Drivers charged with driving with a BAC .08 and above.
  • 2010 - Novice Driver Graduated Demerit Point Scheme.
  • 2010 - Hoon legislation removed requirement of circumstances of aggravation. All s.60 reckless driving offences became impounding offences.
  • 2009 - Enhanced Speed Enforcement. Upgrade of entire traffic camera fleet and processing systems to digital.
2019 - 2009

2008 - 1998

  • 2008 - Penalties increased for Hoon behaviour including roadside impounding for first offence.
  • 2008 - New demerit point disqualification period. Based on the number of demerit points accrued introduced with good behaviour option and double disqualification if re-offence in probationary period.
  • 2008 - Fines increased including speeding and seat belt offences.
  • 2008 - Night-time driving restrictions for novices in their first 6 months on a probationary licence.
  • 2008 - Zero BAC for novice drivers. Introduced (previously 0.02% BAC).
  • 2007 - New drug driving laws introduced.
  • 2007 - Indemnity for persons reporting unsafe or dangerous drivers.
  • 2007 - Penalties increased for speeding, seat belts and other offences based on review by Road Safety Council.
  • 2006 - New regulations for push-type motorised scooters. Electric motors up to 200W permitted where wheeled recreational devices permitted.
  • 2004 - Hoon legislation Road Traffic Act amended to introduce hoon legislation, including 48-hour impounding.
  • 2004 - Automatic Number Plate Recognition Devices introduced.
  • 2004 - Impounding and Confiscation of Vehicles Amendment allowed police to impound vehicles and suspend drivers’ licences for reckless and dangerous driving.
  • 2002 - Road Traffic (Vehicle Standards) Rules and Regulations 2002 introduced.
  • 2002 - Road Safety Council Act Functions of the Road Safety Council and administration of the Road Trauma Trust Fund were transferred from the Road Traffic Act 1974.
  • 2002 - Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme implemented requiring the introduction of a quality systems approach to heavy vehicle maintenance and driver fatigue.
  • 2002 - Trial of Double Demerit points during holiday periods for speeding, drink driving and failure to use restraints.
  • 2002 - Hazard perception test introduced for learner drivers.
  • 2001 - Default built-up area speed limit. Reduced from 60km/h to 50km/h.
  • 2001 - Motorcyclist Industry training assessment for MC licence applications.
  • 2001 - National driver licence classes and minimum standard assessment vehicles for testing of drivers introduced.
  • 2001 - Hand-held mobile phone use whilst driving banned.
  • 2001 - Graduated Driver Training Road Traffic Act 1974 amended.
  • 2000 - Road Traffic Code commenced with provisions similar to the Australian Road Rules.
  • 1999 - New Practical Driving Assessment. First component of the Graduated Driver Training and Licensing System.
  • 1998 - Increased penalties and penalty units introduced.
2008 - 1998

1997 - 1987

  • 1997 - Digital breath testing. Alcohol preliminary testing units with electrical digital reading capabilities (LION SD 400) introduced.
  • 1995 - New seat belt regulations for children, regardless of age to be correctly restrained.
  • 1994 - Speed limits increased for probationary drivers from 80km/h to 90km/h where applicable; and - freeways from 90km/h to 100km/h.
  • 1993 - Local traffic area 40km/h legislation introduced.
  • 1993 - BAC limit of 0.05gm% introduced. Penalties of $100 and three demerit points were applied.
  • 1992 - Trucks speed penalties increased for speeding offences committed by drivers of heavy vehicles.
  • 1992 - Trucks 100km/h maximum, increased speed limit for drivers of heavy vehicles.
  • 1992 - Bicycle helmet compulsory. Helmet subsidy scheme applied.
  • 1991 - Trucks speed limiting device legislation for heavy vehicles introduced.
  • 1990 - Traffic penalties increased.
  • 1989 - Seat belt exemption repealed for passengers over 70 years of age.
  • 1989 - Seat belt penalty increased from $50 to $100 for failing to wear a seat belt.
  • 1988 - Speed camera radars introduced.
  • 1988 - RBT Random breath testing introduced.
  • 1987 - Breath analysis improved. Evidentiary equipment DRAGER 71 10 introduced.
1997 - 1987

1986 - 1976

  • 1986 - Fairy Slant Radar Speed Detection Devices introduced.
  • 1982 - Probationary BAC limit 0.02gm% for probationary drivers introduced.
  • 1982 - Infra red speed detection Digitector high volume speed detection device introduced.
  • 1981 - Road Traffic Board Established to administer the Road Traffic Act.
  • 1979 - Red light cameras introduced for use at traffic light-controlled intersections.
  • 1979 - Drivers responsible for children aged 1 to 7 years wearing seat belt.
  • 1979 - New Preliminary breath testing apparatus "Liar" electronic introduced.
  • 1978 - 110 km/h maximum speed introduced.
  • 1978 - 60km/h maximum introduced in some built-up areas.
  • 1977 - Speed Gun JF 100 Mobile Radar Detection Device introduced.
  • 1977 - Child restraints required for children aged 1 to 7 years old.
1986 - 1976

1975 - 1965

  • 1975 - Demerit points introduced.
  • 1974 - All traffic enforcement under police control and not local councils.
  • 1974 - Motorcycle helmets compolulsory for riders and pillion passengers.
  • 1974 - Miles become Kilometres per hour.
  • 1972 - Head supports in all newly manufactured cars.
  • 1971 - Wearing seat belts compulsory in all seats of a motor car.
  • 1969 - On the Spot fines traffic infringement notices introduced.
  • 1969 - Seat belts required to be fitted in front seats of vehicles.
  • 1968 - Breath Testing introduced. The Aico Test was a tube with crystals that changed colour.
1975 - 1965

1964 - 1954

  • 1964 - Probationary Licenses Scheme introduced.
  • 1960 - First speed detection Amphometer Speed Detection Device (air pressure tapes) introduced.
  • 1954 - Stop Sign Regulation introduced.
1964 - 1954

1953 - 1943

  • 1953 - Traffic Control signals first introduced at the West Perth subway.
1953 - 1943

1942 - 1932

  • - No new Road Traffic Act's introduced
1942 - 1932

1931 - 1921

  • - No new Road Traffic Act's introduced
1931 - 1921

1920 - 1910

  • 1919 - First Road Traffic Act introduced.
1920 - 1910

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community.
We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.