Janine Freeman MLALabor Member for Mirrabooka

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Speed and red light camera revenue a boost to road safety

Wednesday 20 Apr 2011

This will mean much need funds will be  able to be targeted towards road safety outcomes, local MLA, Janine Freeman said today.

 

"At present only one third of this revenue is given to the RTTF."

 

“Labor are supportive of the legislative change needed to make this happen" said Ms Freeman.

 

“We believe these amendments can swiftly pass the Parliament and the funds be made available sooner than July 2012.”

 

Shadow Minister for Road Safety, Margaret Quirk said the Towards Zero road safety strategy, endorsed by the Barnett Government in March 2009, had been largely unfunded for more than two years.

 

“Since the Barnett Government took office there have been substantial cuts in hundreds of millions of dollars in road funding and road safety funding,” she said.

 

“It is also unlikely the additional amount flowing into the RTTF will be sufficient to fully fund the Towards Zero strategy, which is worth an estimated $200million each year.

 

“If the money is used to fund core services such as police overtime and road maintenance then it is doubtful the ambitious goals of the strategy will be achieved.

 

“Next month’s budget needs funds for roads and police resources or today’s announcement will be little more than an accounting exercise.

 

“If the Barnett Government is serious about road safety it would support a Road Trauma Support Service funded out of the RTTF.

 

“Labor has introduced a Bill in Parliament to establish the Road Trauma Support Service, supported by the RAC, but Police Minister Rob Johnson has indicated he would not support the Bill.”