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All Victorian roads to receive rating out of five

A international star rating, starting with the 20 most dangerous country roads around the state, will be rolled out by VicRoads and the state government.

Chief Executive of VicRoads, John Merritt (above) told Tom Elliott said the rating system is to notify country drivers of the need to drive to conditions.

“We’re trying to make the risks of these roads much more transparent,” he said.

“Where a road has a low star rating that will be priority to be fixed.”

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Listener Steve sent these photos to 3AW Drive, after he hit this pothole in Portland last month, causing his car to be written off by his insurance company.

“It actually shattered one rim,” Steve told Tom Elliott.

“I was just overtaking another car, going the speed limit.”

Victorians will be able to log on to a digital dashboard on the VicRoads website to track progress on road upgrades, pot-hole repairs and other maintenance efforts.

Tom Elliott questioned how effective the system would be, considering VicRoads is not taking comments from the public.

“VicRoads itself will rate its own roads,” he said.

“Not quite sure if I understand how this is going to improve things for us.”

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