Fed Budget 2019: Fund key projects and save lives

The State’s peak motoring body has called on the Morrison Government to show leadership on road safety and commit funds to vital infrastructure projects when it handed down next week’s Federal Budget.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club had joined forces with the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) to call for safer roads and fairer, more sustainable transport systems for Queensland.

“Our roads have never been more congested, and people continue to be killed on them – it’s costing us time and more importantly, lives,” Dr Michael said.

“We saw a cut to land transport funding for Queensland in last year’s budget, but that needs to be rectified and reversed.

“Now, more than ever, we need to see investment in the safety of road users through the delivery of key road and rail projects, and the establishment of a dedicated road safety fund and entity that’s committed to delivering road safety strategies and programs.”

Dr Michael said current high transport costs played a part when it came to the safety of road users.

“We know Brisbane residents fork out almost $20,000 just to get around each year – it’s a large portion of their household budgets, and quite often, it means there’s less money to spend on safety when it comes to things like buying a car,” she said.

“It’s why we’re pushing to see the Luxury Car Tax abolished because it discourages motorists from buying some of the safest and most environmentally friendly vehicles on the market.”

A full list of RACQ’s transport and funding priorities, including projects broken down for each Queensland region, could be viewed in its Queensland Matters report here.

The AAA’s 2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission could be viewed here.