The RACQ is putting pressure on the state government to put relief measures in place for motorists, including a freeze on registration increases.
With many Queenslanders put into financial hardship as a result of coronavirus, many motorists desperate for help.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael says the State Government should commit to a three-year freeze on increases to vehicle registration for private-use vehicles.
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“A lot of Queenslanders are doing it tough right now and it isn’t the time for registration to be increasing,” Dr Michael said.
“We would also like to see any planned increases to public transport fares deferred to encourage more people back on to public transport and help prevent making congestion worse.
“We are also calling on the State to liaise with Transurban and Brisbane City Council to do away with the planned increase to toll charges scheduled for 1 July.
“These three measures will help deliver more affordable travel to almost every Queenslander as stay-at-home restrictions are slowly eased,” Dr Michael.
The RACQ say they’re satisfied with certain short term measures, such as learner drivers being able to renew their licence at no cost if it expired before they could book a practical driving test.
But Dr Michael says more long term relief is needed as well.
“Those steps are welcomed, but we need to realise the tail end of the recovery is going to be long and we need to look for further opportunities to reduce the financial burden.
“In the meantime, motorists should consider other measures available to help ease financial stress, like switching to monthly registration payments and public transport fare concessions available to job seekers, pensioners and seniors and those with a disability,” she said.