RAA seeks state budget boost for road safety and the economy
Friday, 31st May 2019
RAA is calling on the state government to use next month’s budget to invest in key transport corridor upgrades, road safety education and deliver on its promise of real-time fuel pricing.
The state’s largest mobility association, which represents around 740,000 members, has identified key priorities worth around $40 million to save lives, raise living standards and improve transport efficiency.
RAA key priorities for the 2019-2020 State Budget are:
- a $21.9 million increase in road maintenance funding from $127.1 million (2018/19) to $149 million
- a tender process to appoint a technology partner to develop a mandatory real-time fuel pricing system, and deliver this vital service for motorists
- the delivery of Street Smart Primary road safety education to every South Australian primary school - $400,000 per year
- the construction of four overtaking lanes, road widening and mitigating roadside hazards on Horrocks Highway - $11 million
- the design and development of business cases for the remaining stages of the North-South Corridor (between Tonsley and the River Torrens)
- release the study and implement its recommendations to address Marion Road / Cross Road congestion
- upgrade Lincoln and Tod highways to handle increased freight task on the Eyre Peninsula, and develop a regional transport plan for the region – $6.4 million.
RAA General Manager Government & Public Policy Jayne Flaherty said that its pre-budget priorities were developed with the knowledge the state faced fiscal challenges.
“These priorities provide the greatest possible return on government investment by reducing road congestion, as well as improving transport efficiency and creating jobs,” she said.
“Crucially the projects we’ve earmarked for funding will help reduce the carnage on our roads.
“RAA is also urging the government to deliver on its commitment to provide South Australians with a mandatory real-time fuel pricing system to help motorists save money.
“As we’ve seen in other states, visibility of real-time fuel pricing provides motorists with the best opportunity to compare prices and reduce their fuel bills.”
Ms Flaherty said RAA members were also concerned the condition of our roads was deteriorating due to insufficient funding of road maintenance and upgrading.
“Increased maintenance funding is vital if we are to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries, particularly in regional areas where the majority of road deaths continue to occur,” she said.
RAA is also calling on the government to increase its investment in road safety education, particularly the Street Smart Primary program that is currently only delivered to around a third of all SA primary schools.
“An annual commitment from the government of $400,000 would enable RAA to deliver Street Smart Primary to every primary school in South Australia, free of charge,’’ Ms Flaherty said.