RACQ welcomes car theft action

RACQ has celebrated a win for its members after the State Government agreed to reinstate funding for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC), which would help drive down car theft across Queensland.

As reported in The Courier Mail, the announcement came just a day after new figures revealed car theft in Queensland had jumped a staggering 47 percent since 2015, while most other States and territories had trended downwards.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the Club had lobbied to re-join the NMVTRC, since Queensland left the initiative in 2012, and welcomed the Government’s change of heart.

“The Police Minister’s commitment to re-join this theft prevention group is the right move for Queensland drivers, who suffered vehicle theft losses of up to 131 million dollars last year,” Mr Spalding said.

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“Since 2012, our leaders have backed out of financially supporting the NMVTRC and subsequently missed out on receiving funding for locally-delivered crime prevention programs so we’re now looking forward to seeing our State reap these long-awaited benefits.”

Police Minister Mark Ryan told The Courier Mail police would enter a partnership with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to deliver the expected $206,000 to re-join the NMVTRC.