The Transport Workers’ Union fears the Queensland Government’s decision to consider raising speed limits on Queensland roads will only put more pressure on drivers.
TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini said Minister Emerson’s announcement to look into raising speed limits would only put more pressure on drivers to drive further and faster on substandard roads.
“Raising Queensland’s speeds limits is not the answer to improving road safety,” Mr Biagini said.
“We need a round table with key stakeholders to discuss this decision because the last thing we need are Band-Aid fixes.”
“Queensland needs quality multi-lane roads to cater for our road transport needs before speed limits are raised.”
“We need a genuine commitment and considered response because we are experiencing one of Queensland’s worst road tolls in years, couple that with increased speed limits and it makes no sense.”
“We agree with the Minister that there needs to be appropriate speed limits for the quality of the road, but that’s not black and white.”
“Instead of raising speed limits why is this government not putting its resources into what motorists really need by improving the Bruce Highway and building the second Toowoomba range crossing?”
The Transport Workers’ Union will keep a close eye on the events unfolding around the speed limits, with the Queensland Government expected to make their decision by mid 2014.
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910