More traffic expected on Qld roads: RACQ

RACQ has warned motorists to expect more traffic on the roads as all students returned to school in Queensland and some workers headed back into the office.

Club spokesperson Renee Smith said traffic could be even busier than it was before coronavirus if commuters were reluctant to go back to using public transport.

“If you’re going back to work this week, we’re encouraging motorists and their employers to consider implementing staggered starts,” Ms Smith said.

“This will help reduce the number of people on the roads during peak periods.

“It was a busy Monday morning, and it’s clear there are going to be more delays than what we’ve all become used to in recent months, so please pack your patience and drive to the conditions.

“Public transport is still running as normal, so if you’re catching the train, bus or CityCat, remember to practice physical distancing.”

Ms Smith also reminded motorists to slow down in school zones and be on the lookout for students, parents and teachers.

“There will definitely be a lot more pedestrian activity around schools, so please make sure you’re sticking to 40km/hour in school zones,” she said.

“If you’re doing the school drop off, encourage the kids to use the safety door and exit on the kerbside to keep them safe and away from passing traffic.

“It’s been a while since the school drop off has been normal, so little ones could definitely use a refresher when it comes to being conscious of traffic and crossing the road safely.”