Transport cost relief needed now: RACQ
RACQ has called on the State Government to take urgent action to ease the burden of transport costs on households as many Queenslanders face financial hardship due to the impact of coronavirus.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael called for a freeze on the cost of vehicle registration, discounted public transport and a reduction in stamp duty to deliver relief.
“We urge the Queensland Government to follow the lead of the West Australian Government, where for the first time in 16 years, an increase on all household fees would be frozen until at least July 2021,” Dr Michael said.
“RACQ’s Transport Costs Survey shows households in Queensland pay an average of $1,320 each year for registration across all vehicles.
“Transport is our biggest weekly expense outside of paying our rent or mortgage and doing the groceries.
“The State Budget is coming down next month and we believe that is the Government’s opportunity to provide economic relief to Queenslanders."
Dr Michael said the State Government must reduce the cost of public transport for Queenslanders who currently spend more than $800 each year to get around.
“Transport is essential to accessing employment, education and health. In these times of economic and social uncertainty, we need an affordable and efficient transport system more than ever.”