Tonight in Queensland Parliament the Palaszczuk Government was forced into an embarrassing backflip by the LNP and has now reluctantly agreed to review the State’s toll roads.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said until tonight, and despite thousands of complaints, Labor had thumbed its nose at long-suffering Queensland drivers by refusing to support a toll review.
“Tonight, the LNP notched up a win on behalf of Queensland motorists,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Following a motion moved by the LNP, Labor was forced into establishing a review of the state’s toll system.*
“Every day Queenslanders are battling bottlenecks travelling to and from school, work or the shops but, under Labor, our toll roads have been severely under-utilised.
“The LNP believes SEQ’s crippling congestion issues could be alleviated by making better use of all our roads, tunnels and bridges but Labor has its head in the sand.
“In great news for drivers, and thanks to the LNP, a Parliamentary Review will now look at how to make toll roads more affordable by investigating discounts, bundling and other incentives.
“The LNP will keep fighting for a fairer deal for drivers on our toll ways and a faster drive home to our families and friends.
“Whether it’s fuel prices, tolls or my $1.4 billion plan for congestion-busting roads, I’m fighting for a fairer deal for drivers.”
* “That the Transport and Public Works Committee inquire into and report to the Legislative Assembly by 13 September 2018 on the operations of Toll Roads in Queensland.
In undertaking this inquiry, the committee should consider—
- The operation of existing toll roads in South-East Queensland
- Toll pricing and incentive options to deliver better outcomes for Queenslanders
- The operation of the existing complaint process and current statistics
- Possible measures to continue to improve customer service standards
- The existing relationship between the Tolling Customer Ombudsman and the Queensland Ombudsman.
And that the Transport and Public Works Committee requests the attendance of Transurban, the Tolling Customer Ombudsman, the Department of Main Roads and the Brisbane City Council.