Budget needs to get Queensland moving: RACQ

RACQ has called on the Palaszczuk Government to fast-track vital infrastructure projects and reduce the financial burden on drivers in the upcoming Queensland Budget.

Courier Mail

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said Queenslanders have copped the highest transport costs experienced in a decade.

“Transport affects people’s day to day lives. It’s vital we get the infrastructure we need to be able to get around safely and efficiently in the future,” Mr Turner said.

“In the last three years, transport and roads funding has dropped to the lowest level in a decade. Road safety must be a priority – if it isn’t, we’ll lose more lives and run our State into the ground.”

Mr Turner said Queensland motorists were also fed up with being slugged at the hip pocket for petrol, vehicle registration and stamp duty.

“Drivers here are paying more than in most other States. We need to eliminate stamp duty on new cars and freeze vehicle registration for three years, saving motorists $230 million.”

 Top Queensland Budget 2018-2019 priorities:

  • Increased on-road police presence for greater enforcement of unsafe driving
  • By 2022, 90 percent of State Government infrastructure should achieve an AusRAP rating of three stars or better
  • Government to fund and provide crash data and support both ANCAP and Used Car Safety Rating programs
  • Address vehicle theft by restoring Queensland funding for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council
  • Implement transparent real-time fuel price reporting system
  • Freeze vehicle registration for three years
  • Eliminate stamp duty on new cars
  • Queensland’s annual roads and transport capital expenditure to be a minimum of two percent of Gross State Product
  • Implement an integrated public transport authority that administers the delivery of all public transport services in Queensland
  • Upgrades to urban State-controlled roads to include segregated cycle infrastructure.

View RACQ’s 2018 Queensland Pre-Budget submission here.