Motorists have fared relatively well in what was generally considered to be a tough State budget.
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RACQ's submission to the Queensland Government Budget Process asks that the 2012-2013 State Budget recognise the need for State Government investment on transport infrastructure to at least be maintained at 2011-2012 rates, in real terms, in order to: save Queensland lives, drive productivity and grow the economy and, address congestion in South East Queensland.
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This review of the Australian Government’s 2011-12 Budget considers issues relevant to Queensland motorists.
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The 2011 State Budget will result in Queensland motorists paying more for vehicle registration, licence and traffic fees, and getting less than previous years in State capital investment for roads.
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The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) represents 1.2 million motoring members and seeks to maintain the viability of motor vehicle transport on their behalf. The Club recognises that mobility is not free, and certain taxes and charges are necessary to provide and regulate roads and transport infrastructure. This aligns with RACQ‟s Advocacy Charter, which seeks to ensure fair and justifiable costs of road use.
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The State Budget this year provided only limited relief for motorists, largely through a proposal to legislate changes in CTP insurance aimed at reducing premiums by an estimated $24. As a result of further changes, motorists will be paying higher fees for vehicle registration and drivers licences, whilst spending on roads fell, down by $224 million this year. The attached budget review discusses these and other key budget outcomes for 2010-11.
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This paper outlines the RACQ's position on the proposed sale of Queensland Motorways Ltd.
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The Privatisation of Queensland Motorways - An Economic Briefing Paper Prepared for the RACQ by Prof Ross Guest
This paper evaluates the proposed long term lease to the private sector of the tolling rights on Queensland Motorways (QM) from an economic welfare perspective.
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The 2009-10 state budget left most Queensland motorists more than $220 a year worse off. Vehicle registration costs rose by 17% to 22%, and petrol increased by 9 cents a litre after the government removed the Queensland fuel subsidy. For more information on this, and a general overview of state government road funding, read this paper.
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Delivered at Roads 2005 Conference, Brisbane, 30 August 2005.
RACQ argues that decisive action is required to tackle Brisbane's serious and worsening traffic congestion. This paper provides a critique of the anti-congestion strategies of the Commonwealth and State Governments and Brisbane City Council, and proposes an effective package of anti-congestion measures.
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The State Budget for 2008-09 continues the Fuel Subsidy Scheme and provides a 6 percent increase in capital road expenditure to a record $3.2 billion. For more details of what the budget means for Queensland motorists, read this paper.
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