AAA Congratulates Minister Chester
The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) today congratulated Minister Darren Chester on his appointment as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley said: “Minister Chester’s passion for road safety is well known to all at the AAA; as is his clear understanding of the direct link between infrastructure investment and economic development. He comes to this critically important portfolio at a challenging time, with the Government dealing with the competing demands of budget repair and the need to continue its strong investment in transport infrastructure.
“As the peak organisation representing Australia’s motoring clubs and their eight million members, the AAA looks forward to working with Minister Chester to help ensure transport is safe and affordable, and that Australia’s infrastructure delivers for the community and the economy.
“Transport networks, whether these be roads, public transport or cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, are the lifeblood of our economy. Therefore, the continued improvement in Australia’s transport systems will be central to the Government’s ability to achieve its stated economic and jobs growth goals. Important issues to be addressed include the social and economic costs of congestion, road trauma, ensuring that infrastructure funding is sustainable and that motorists are asked only to pay a fair share of the costs associated with future reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.”
In addition to the ongoing provision of leadership and funding toward the development of Australia’s integrated transport network, the AAA sees a role for the Australian Government in providing urgent funding required to:
continue the keys2drive program which since 2009 has delivered more than 400,000 free driving lessons to Australian learner drivers and improved road safety outcomes;
resource a joint Productivity Commission - Infrastructure Australia public inquiry into transport market reform and road user pricing; and,
for the first time gain a clearer picture of the actual number and extent of road crash injuries using data from the Australian Trauma Registry as an interim measure until a pilot project by Austroads has been completed.
Mr Bradley said: “The AAA looks forward to working with Minister Chester on these and other issues to ensure Australians continue to have access to the efficient, safe, and affordable transport systems they will need throughout the 21st Century.”