RACQ calls for toll incentives to tackle congestion

RACQ has renewed its calls for greater toll discounts and incentives to be offered in Brisbane to help ease congestion across the city.

Brisbane Times revealed traffic volumes on some toll roads had stalled, with the Clem7 and Go Between Bridge experiencing negative growth in 2019.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said some toll roads were not doing their share of heavy lifting to help tackle congestion and high fees were to blame.

"There are majorly under-utilised inner-city toll roads that just aren’t being used because drivers are being deterred by expensive fees," Dr Michael said.

“The latest traffic volume report found there was an average of 20,000 trips per day in Legacy Way, while just 11,000 trips were being made on the Go Between Bridge.”

Dr Michael said Brisbane’s toll roads were capable of easing congestion in Brisbane CBD but only if the balance between cost and time saving was right. 

“An RACQ survey found 77 percent of motorists would be more likely to use the region’s six toll roads if they got a better deal,” she said. 

"We want to see Transurban offer greater incentives and discounts to get people using toll roads and help spread the load across the broader network, like offering ‘coffee-card’ discounts getting the tenth trip for free.

“If the price is right, then drivers will opt to use the road rather than sitting in traffic.”