Queensland Shadow Minister for Public Transport Tracy Davis
Public Transport Boycott Shows Fare Frustration
Victor P Taffa
Today’s Public Transport Boycott highlighted commuters’ frustration with the Bligh Labor Government’s unfair fare hikes, the State Opposition said today.
Shadow Minister for Public Transport Tracy Davis said south-east Queenslanders were now paying more than commuters in New York, Berlin, Paris, Madrid and Los Angeles for Public Transport.
“Labor’s 15 % Public Transport fare hike is just another price gouge that is adding to the increasing cost of living in Queensland.” Ms. Davis said.
“Queenslanders are being squeezed every way they turn.”
“If you drive a car, Labor has slugged you with a fuel tax and higher registration charges. If you catch a train, Labor slugs you with massive fare hikes that are set to continue until 2014. Commuters just can’t win under Labor.”
Ms. Davis said public transport users wanted flexibility, reliability, comfort and value for money.
“We should be encouraging more people to use public transport and making it easier to use to reduce congestion.” Ms. Davis said.
“But instead of offering discounted periodical fares, Labor has axed monthly and annual tickets and made public transport less affordable, particularly for commuters who travel long distances.”
“It is ridiculous that south-east Queensland commuters are paying among the highest fares in the world thanks to Labor’s inability to control their budget.”
“Fare increases should be kept as low as possible and more flexibility needs to be introduced to encourage more commuters to get on board.” Ms. Davis said.