The Road Ahead : February March 2015
RACQ'S TOP 10 POLICIES FOR SAFE, AFFORDABLE AND SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY FOR THE 2015 ELECTION WERE: 1. Upgrade national and state-controlled highways to improve flood immunity and safety by eliminating all AusRAP one-star and two-star sections in Queensland. 2. Apply AusRAP Star Ratings to the entire state-controlled road network. 3. Provide funding for three more years of the Queensland Road Safety Action Plan incorporating road-sharing and distracted-driving education; and improving transparency and accountability. 4. Maintain an active police presence on Queensland roads as a way to address dangerous driving and Fatal Five behaviours involving: speed, alcohol or drugs, fatigue, distraction, and not wearing a seatbelt; and reduce fuel drive-offs and vehicle number plate theft. 5. Freeze vehicle registration charges for a further three years and offer monthly or quarterly registration payment options. 6. Implement regulations to standardise price information displayed on roadside fuel price boards. 7. Implement regulations to ensure that toll prices for passenger cars are prominently displayed before the start of every toll road or tunnel. 8. Protect the rights of motorists and independent repairers to access vehicle technical information and on-board data without unfair restrictions from vehicle manufacturers. 9. Include a segregated bicycle path, on-road bicycle lanes, or a high quality signed parallel route for bicycles and mobility scooters as part of all upgrades to state-controlled roads in urban areas. 10. Remove stamp duty on vehicles rated five-star for safety and emissions to encourage the purchase of safe, low-emission new cars. Mr Turner said that obtaining commitments from candidates was only part of the battle. "With funding promised and policies adopted, we now need to ensure that the Queensland Government follows through and delivers over the years ahead," he said. EDITOR'S NOTE: The date of the state election and its announcement, and lead times for printing of The Road Ahead, prevented us from providing more detailed coverage. For the RACQ's full election demands on behalf of motorists go to http://goo.gl/Iod5NT. ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 12 THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2015 ... obtaining commitments from candidates was only part of the battle. NEWS | STANDING UP FOR MOTORISTS "Motorists were taken seriously in the last state and federal elections with major commitments from the politicians and we wanted to ensure that momentum was maintained through to 2018 and beyond," Mr Turner said. "There are many competing claims on the public purse during an election campaign, but the RACQ was determined to ensure that motorists were not left out in the cold by the major political parties in 2015," he said. RACQ called on both the LNP and Labor to support significant ongoing infrastructure funding for projects across Queensland, including railway crossings, upgrades to the Pacific Motorway, an inland alternative to the Bruce Highway, the BaT rail tunnel in Brisbane, and key improvements to arterial roads and the upgrade of all state-controlled roads in urban areas to include segregated bike paths.
April 1st 2015