Premier the only roadblock to tolls inquiry

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington is calling on Annastacia Palaszczuk to back a Parliamentary inquiry into Queensland’s toll roads after the company which runs the network said it would be happy to participate.


Ms Frecklington said it was clear the state’s toll infrastructure was failing to cut congestion as originally intended.


“The system isn’t working and we need to fix it,” Ms Frecklington said.


“I welcome Transurban’s agreement today to working with an inquiry – all we need to make it happen is Labor’s support.


“Annastacia Palaszczuk had to be dragged to the table on real-time fuel price monitoring and she was dragged to the table on supporting the Federal Government’s M1 upgrades.


“This time, I’m asking the Premier to get on board at the beginning and work with the LNP to deliver a better deal for drivers.”


Documents obtained through the RTI process showed GoVia (Transurban’s Queensland collection arm) generated more complaints to the toll industry ombudsman than the rest of the country combined in 2016-17.


“Transurban says it has improved its performance in the past year and I welcome any action it has taken to address its high level of complaints,” Ms Frecklington said.


“But it’s clear the complaints made to the ombudsman are just the tip of the iceberg.


“Brisbane drivers are not happy with their toll roads. They vote with their steering wheels every time they drive right past them.


“Our toll roads are getting too many complaints and not enough traffic.


“A Parliamentary inquiry is the first step to fixing this problem but sadly the LNP can’t go it alone.


“Labor has to back the inquiry too if we are going to get a better deal for drivers and bust congestion.”

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