Queensland Shadow Minister for Transport Fiona Simpson
Road Safety Put At Risk While Labor Chases Revenue
Victor P Taffa
South East Queensland transit and bus lane cheats is leaving the road wide open for unsafe vehicles and a crackdown on these offences is merely a smokescreen according to Queensland Shadow Minister for Transport Fiona Simpson.
Shadow Minister for Transport Fiona Simpson said the Bligh Labor Government’s crackdown was just a revenue raising exercise.
“There have been no new positions created to accommodate the additional responsibilities for transport inspectors.” Ms. Simpson said.
“Considering transport inspectors primary role is to ensure vehicle safety, with a specific focus on heavy vehicles, taking transport inspectors away from the corridors used by these trucks is leaving the road wide open for overloaded and faulty vehicles and unscrupulous operators.”
“Safety must be the highest priority but once again we are seeing the Bligh Labor Government put revenue raising first.” Ms. Simpson said.
“Queensland transport inspectors are already stretched to the limit in order to perform the inspections that are required.”
“If there is one thing that is more important than crowded transit lanes it is the threat of accidents caused by sub-standard vehicles.”
“It’s time the Minister made safe vehicles a priority, instead of revenue raising.” Ms. Simpson said.
The New South Wales Government appears more interested in revenue than road safety. Only this week yet another truck attempted to go through a tunnel that was simply too high for the height of the tunnel.
New South Wales has seen a massive increase in heavy truck movements at the expense of freight on rail.
Freight on rail and new railway lines in general are exactly what the good Doctors would prescribe for New South Wales.
Since 1995 motorists increasingly who live nowhere near a railway line are paying through the nose at NSW Labor Government Toll Road charges.