- $20 million allocated in 2015-16 for installing LED 40kmh school signs
- $12 million allocated in 2016-17 for installing LED 40kmh school signs
The Liberal National Government today announced a record $20 million would be allocated in the 2015-16 State Budget to ensure every eligible Western Australian school had flashing 40kmh Electronic (LED) School Zone signs installed by March 2017.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said it was the biggest funding commitment to date for the program and would continue delivery of the State Government's $36 million election commitment to install the signs at all eligible Western Australian schools.
"I can also announce that we have secured three contractors to carry out the work to make sure we deliver them by our promised timeline of March 2017," Mr Nalder said.
"The supply and installation of these flashing signs over the next few years represents the single biggest procurement of electrical components Main Roads WA has ever undertaken."
By June 2015, about 309 schools will have the signs in operation. Over the following two financial years, another 766 schools will have the signs operating.
Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said motorists' excuse of not being aware of the school zone speed change was redundant.
"So many parents, and even the general motoring public, tell me how much they appreciate the flashing signs, not just for their children's safety but for keeping their own driving in check," Mrs Harvey said.
"Children are our most vulnerable road users and while every motorist is responsible for ensuring their safety, these signs also help slow people down around our schools."
A further $12 million has been allocated in 2016-17 bringing the total Government investment to $36 million for Electronic (LED) School Zone signs.
The funding has come from the Road Trauma Trust Account.
- By June 2015 about 309 schools will have the signs in operation
- Over the following two financial years, another 766 schools will have the signs operating
- Total Liberal National Government investment is $36 million
- The Road Trauma Trust Account is funded by fixed camera, red light and speeding fines
Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900
Treasurer's office - 6552 5700