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My Money. My Transport.

Australia’s transport network is failing

This election Australians demanded a fairer deal and a long-term plan.

The Australian Automobile Association has completed Australia’s largest-ever survey on voters’ transport concerns and priorities.

The survey shows Australians are concerned about a range of transport issues, including:
– road safety
– traffic congestion
– transport affordability
– infrastructure planning and its long-term economic impact.

In each case, the results add up to more than 100% because people could select multiple issues.

For example, 92% of people in the electorate of Grey are concerned about road safety, but congestion (35%) and planning (33%) are also important. In the electorate of Blaxland, 88% of people are frustrated by traffic congestion. But they also want to see better government planning (63%).

Search below to see what issues are important to Australians in your electorate and across the country.

When considering transport funding, politicians must recognise that motorists bring plenty of money to the table. Over the next four years, motorists will pay about $60 billion in federal transport-specific taxes, including 41.6 cents in for every litre of fuel they buy.

It’s only fair that at least half of this money is allocated to maintaining, improving and managing our land transport system. Australians deserve safer and more efficient roads.

* Federal Government Budget Paper Number 1, 2018-19, Statement 5/6


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Policy priorities

The AAA is calling on both sides of Government to commit to the following:

1. Make our roads safer

About 100 people die every month on our roads. Road toll and injury reduction targets, agreed to by all
governments, are not being met.

MPs should commit to:

an urgent and detailed response to the recommendations of the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy

establishing a national office of road safety.

2. Planning for the future

There is no long-term strategy to plan, fund and build Australia’s nationwide transport infrastructure.

MPs should commit to a Land Transport White Paper that:

sets a policy framework and the outcomes that are expected over the next 10 to 20 years

rolls out an agreed 10-year infrastructure program

modernises state-federal infrastructure funding and project prioritisation arrangements.

3. Funding for major projects

Australia’s land transport network is under significant strain. This stress is exacerbated by a growing backlog of road and transport upgrades that worsen congestion and harm our economy.

MPs should commit to:

critical infrastructure that the AAA and its member clubs have identified in all States and Territories.

To see the AAA priority transport projects in your state visit: www.aaa.asn.au/mytransport

4. A fairer deal for motorists

Over the next four years motorists will pay about $60 billion in federal transport-specific taxes, including 41.6 cents paid in excise for every litre of fuel.

But less than half of net fuel excise is reinvested back into our roads and public transport.

As more people transition to ultra-low fuel consumption vehicles, the government’s revenue from fuel excise will decrease.

MPs should commit to:

greater transparency with a requirement that all fuel dockets display the amount of fuel excise paid

transition towards road user charging for all vehicles - start by investigating how to bring ultra-low fuel consumption vehicles into the road user charging system, and follow this with full reform for light vehicles. (Implemented in a way that does not discourage the take-up of ultra-low fuel consumption vehicles.)

allocate at least 50% of net fuel excise (and the full road user charge on ultra-low fuel consumption vehicles) into a dedicated land transport infrastructure fund.


5. Cleaner cars

Consumers want affordable and cleaner cars. They also want confidence in the information provided about fuel economy and carbon emissions. The gap between laboratory testing results and real-world performance is huge, and getting wider.

MPs should commit to:

An independent real-world vehicle emissions testing program in Australia to measure the emissions performance and fuel consumption of new vehicles in real-world conditions

publishing independent testing results on the Government’s Green Vehicle Guide website

a CO2 standard for new light vehicles developed in conjunction with measures that address noxious emissions and fuel quality that reflect Australia's unique motoring needs

incentives, such as tax exemptions, for research and development into electric vehicle batteries and related technologies

removing federal taxes that discourage purchasing ultra-low fuel consumption vehicles

developing a road-map for new infrastructure and legislation reform that facilitates electric road transport.

6. Affordable motoring

Tariffs and taxes designed to protect the now defunct Australian car manufacturing industry will add $5 billion to the total cost of new cars sold over the next four years.

This unfair tax burden stops many people from upgrading to safer, cleaner and more cost-effective vehicles.

Removing these redundant taxes would:

bring down the price of new cars

encourage purchase of safer and cleaner cars

incentivise the uptake of new vehicle technology

MPs should commit to:

removing the luxury car tax and the remaining 5% tariff that applies to vehicles imported from non-free-trade agreement countries.