Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington has slammed additional Labor Government regulations that will see the left turn on red light program slashed.
The Brisbane City Council trial at intersections with low traffic volumes and high visibility had allowed motorists to make a left turn on a red light when there were no oncoming vehicles or pedestrians crossing.
“The popular Turn Left on Red program was a simple and effective way to help bust congestion and the Labor Government’s decision to handicap the program is ridiculous,” Mr Frecklington said.
“The LNP wants pedestrians and motorists to be safe on our roads, but this is the Labor Nanny State at it again.
“Fixing local roads and nightmare intersections is one of my main priorities and the LNP has a plan to work with councils to create a list of southeast Queensland’s worst congestion hotspots, prioritise them and then invest the funds to fix them.
“The Left Turn on Red program is in line with the LNP’s plan.
“The Labor Government has put a limit to the trial without any consultation.
“Better signage to reflect concerns for pedestrians could be installed, but Labor’s regulations go overboard.”
Ms Frecklington said the Council had been trialling the program since 2013, but it would now only be available at sites with less than 120 pedestrians using the intersection each day.
“The Council has said the community is overwhelmingly supportive of the trial,” she said.
“We need to be doing more to bust congestion, not undermining programs trying to make a difference and get motorists home sooner.”