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