RACQ supports registration cost freeze for Queenslanders
Growing up in a small rural Queensland town was a privilege. Horses, gum trees and wide, open spaces were part of my daily routine and I'm so grateful Mum decided we'd make the move from Brisbane to Kilkivan for a tree change.
As I got older though, I became increasingly aware of the struggles of regional people - particularly regional drivers.
Motoring costs are the third biggest expense for households, behind housing and food. At $200 per week, Queensland is among the most expensive states in the country to own and operate a motor vehicle.
This is having devastating consequences for people who are already struggling with cost of living pressures - but it's particularly for those in remote and regional Queensland. In these areas there is little to no public transport, and your car connects you to all basic needs and services.
RACQ has called on the incoming Queensland Government to freeze registration costs.
Registration has jumped by more than double the rate of CPI. Registering a four cylinder vehicle will now set you back $716 per year - a six cylinder car is almost $900 per year!
Affordability of motoring is vital to all Queenslanders. Ahead of the 25 November election, we must see our political parties commit to delivering a rego freeze - people from Coolangatta to Cape York are counting on it!