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In Melbourne and regional Victoria, record numbers of trucks and cars are on the roads which also carry buses and trams, cyclists and pedestrians and people in taxis or rideshare services.

Roads are the spine of the public and private transport systems.

In the fastest growing outer suburbs and in regional Victoria, cars are often the only way to travel. 

In regional Victoria, more than 90 per cent of daily journeys are made on ageing roads. 

Many very different types of vehicles are now sharing space on our roads.

Enormous trucks cart wind turbine parts from the ports of Geelong and Portland across country roads that also carry cyclists and tourist buses.

The streets of inner and outer Melbourne buzz with little white vans that deliver goods ordered online.  

Some of these roads were built in the 19th century when the car had not been imagined, let alone the A-double truck or a person on an electric bike.

The Department of Transport is working with VicRoads, the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority and its project teams - including North East Link, Major Roads Projects, West Gate Tunnel and Level Crossing Removals - to make travel by road safer, smarter and fairer for everyone.

Road safety

The Department of Transport is bringing together the collective efforts to make transport safer, from heavy vehicle reforms to maritime, road and rail safety initiatives.

Victoria’s road safety partnership is recognised as a world leader, and we’re on track to achieve the Towards Zero target to reduce the number of lives lost on the roads by 20 per cent by 2020.

A strong focus is on making rural roads safer, where people are four times more likely to die on the roads.

With more than $800 million being invested in safety barriers, and other treatments on the most high-risk regional roads, road deaths are now trending down in regional Victoria.

More than 2000 km of safety barriers are being installed on the most high-risk roads, as well as new overtaking lanes, rumble strips, intersection upgrades and more drug and alcohol testing.

By 2025, more than half the vehicles being produced in the world are expected to be used by subscription services instead of private ownersCar use in the middle and outer suburbs is growing, while short tram trips and cycling are on the rise in inner Melbourne