• What is TARS?

    Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research is a research group at UNSW dedicated entirely to road and transport safety research. The philosophy of the road and transport safety research focus at the TARS is the safe system principle, commonly used in occupational health and safety and adopted by the Australian Transport Council in 2004. Read more..

Latest Transport and Road Safety News

ARSC2017 Paper Award

A paper presented by a TARS researcher at the 2017 Australasian Road Safety Conference in Perth this past October was awarded the Best Paper for Improving Work Related Road Safety Award. The paper, which was titled 'Comparison of Experience-Based and Evidence-Based Safety Risk Management Features for Heavy Vehicle Transport Operations', compared 14 safety management practices against factors of the Zurich Risk Engineering (ZRE) system for truck fleet risk management.


TRB International Roadside Safety Conference 2017
Best International Paper Award

A paper presented by a TARS researcher at the 1st International Roadside Safety Conference in San Francisco this past June was awarded the Best International Paper Award. The paper, which was titled 'Development of a Motorcycle FE Model for Simulating Impacts into Roadside Safety Barriers', described the development and validation of a computer model of a sport touring motorcycle to be used to investigate upright crashes of motorcyclists into road safety barriers.


Study of Driver fatigue

Driver fatigue is a major safety concern in Australia and around the world. We are currently seeking drivers aged 18 - 65 to participate in a simulator-based study exploring this important issue.


Quad bike and OPD workplace safety survey report now available

The report for the Quad bike and OPD workplace safety survey that was conducted by TARS researchers is now available for download here. The report describes the largest survey study carried out to-date of the in-field workplace experiences of quad bike riders in regard to their use of OPDs (a rollbar-type device attached to the rear of a Quad bike) and quad bike specific helmets for Australia and New Zealand. This project provides considerable information regarding the use of OPDs and Quad bike specific helmets, as well as rollover and other crash events that has not previously been available.