Qld will introduce congestion charging: Opposition

Opposition says comments from Labor prove congestion charging in Queensland is on the cards

October 19, 2009

Queensland Opposition Transport Spokeswoman Fiona Simpson says comments from her Labor Government counterpart Craig Wallace prove a plan to introduce congestion taxes into the State is still very much on the cards.

Simpson’s claims come after Treasurer Andrew Fraser played down such suggestions saying the taxes would not be introduced.

"Andrew Fraser may have given a half-hearted denial that traffic congestion taxes would be introduced, but that is not the view of Craig Wallace," Simpson says.

"During estimates the Minister raised the possibility of charging motorists to use city roads when they become congested.

"He stated that his department is investigating ‘innovative tolling strategies involving distance, time and travel, vehicle occupancy and carbon emissions’."

Simpson says the Government has already increased vehicle registration prices and added "a hefty tax grab" to increase petrol prices and called on Wallace to "come clean" and what Queenslanders can expect to pay in the future.

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