RACQ's Qld Election wish list
RACQ has outlined its transport wish list ahead of the State election, which aimed to improve the lives of our more than 1.7 million members and all Queenslanders.
COVID-19 has shown how important mobility was to the lives of Queenslanders and it has only strengthened the Club’s resolve to lobby for safer, more affordable and sustainable roads and transport now and into the future.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club was calling for increased investment on inland regional Queensland roads and a range of road safety initiatives delivered through a mass-action State-wide road safety program to achieve a minimum 30 percent reduction in fatal and serious injuries by 2030.
“The increase we’ve seen in Queensland’s road toll this year is incredibly worrying and we believe this plan will help save lives,” Dr Michael said.
“We’d also like to see an increase in the on-road police presence because our members tell us that seeing police on the roads actively helps them slow down.
“We also need new road rules that require motorists to move over and slow down to provide a safer space at incidents for roadside workers and stranded motorists.”
Dr Michael said affordability was also top of many members’ minds as COVID-19 placed severe financial stress on many families.
The Club also called for mandatory fuel price reporting to be made permanent when the trial ends in December this year.
“The trial gives Queensland motorists access to real-time information so they can fill up for the best price possible and save money at the bowser,” she said.
“On top of this we want to see vehicle registration charges frozen for three years to ease the financial burden on Queensland motorists and stamp duty on all new cars eliminated to help make Queensland’s vehicle fleet safer and cleaner.
“Delivering Compulsory Third Party Insurance reform is also a priority, as is our call for an increase to Queensland’s annual road and transport capital expenditure to a minimum of 2 percent of gross State product.”
Dr Michael said many commuters’ needs changed due to COVID-19 and the Club was calling for improvements to sustainable transport modes, including high-quality, better-connected cycle routes and an integrated public transport authority to better manage and coordinate the delivery of all public transport in Queensland.
“The Club is also calling for the introduction of a 30 percent reduction in annual registration costs on new and used low-emission cars, and infrastructure resilience works to be accelerated to protect Queensland communities from climate risks,” she said.
“These are all measures that will help make transport more sustainable and reduce congestion across the State.”
You can track your candidate's commitments using RACQ's Election Scorecard.