RACQ: Fix the M1, freeze rego and get us moving
QUEENSLAND'S peak motoring lobby group has urged the Government to prioritise funding to expand the traffic-choked M1 ahead of other projects in this year's Budget.
The RACQ also backed funding for the Cross River Rail project that will provide better public transport options to more commuters, calling for the plan to be fast-tracked.
Both federal Labor and the Coalition have offered $1 billion to fund upgrades to the M1 if the state matches this funding.
But Queensland Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey has called for the Federal Government to cover 80 per cent of the cost, in line with Pacific Highway upgrades in NSW.
In a submission to the state Budget, the RACQ urged the State Government to settle the dispute and agree on a plan to fund the upgrades.
"On the other hand, the Federal Government has recently committed to widening two regularly gridlocked sections of the M1 - but the state's staying quiet on its funding share," RACQ spokesman Paul Turner said.
"We need the State and Federal governments to stop playing politics."
Mr Turner said Queenslanders were paying the highest transport costs in a decade, with motorists "fed up" at the price of petrol, vehicle registration and stamp duty.
"Drivers here are paying more than in most other States. We need to eliminate stamp duty on new cars and freeze vehicle registration for three years, saving motorists $230 million," he said.
RACQ'S QUEENSLAND BUDGET PRIORITIES
● Increased on-road police presence for greater enforcement of unsafe driving
● By 2022, 90 percent of State Government infrastructure should achieve an AusRAP rating of three stars or better
● Government to fund and provide crash data and support both ANCAP and Used Car Safety Rating programs
● Address vehicle theft by restoring Queensland funding for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council
● Implement transparent real-time fuel price reporting system
● Freeze vehicle registration for three years
● Eliminate stamp duty on new cars
● Queensland's annual roads and transport capital expenditure to be a minimum of two percent of Gross State Product
● Implement an integrated public transport authority that administers the delivery of all public transport services in Queensland
● Upgrades to urban State-controlled roads to include segregated cycle infrastructure.
View the RACQ's full pre-Budget submission here.