Previously, sponsored petitions were tabled in Parliament, posted on the official website and a formal response sent to the petitioner. Now, they will be debated on Thursdays when Parliament is sitting.
Traffic congestion reduced
The new petition says that if motorcycles and scooters were exempt from road tolls and were allowed to park on footpaths in urban areas, traffic congestion would be eased and associated costs decreased.
“Exempting motorcycles and scooters from all road tolls in Queensland would provide a great financial incentive for more motorists to shift from cars to motorcycles and scooters when commuting,” the petition says.
David says the catalyst for the parking issue was the loss of hundreds of parks this year for the Casino redevelopment.
“Motorcycles don’t have sensors like cars; it goes on photo recognition of the number pate, so it’s probably a bit more expensive for them, so why not make it free? More motorcycles is a solution to traffic problems, so free tolls would pay for itself.
“There seems to be a general lack of acknowledgement from governments everywhere about the advantages of motorcycling.”
Motorcycles were exempt from tolls in Melbourne for 14 years until improved technology allowed them to be introduced in 2014. While no state offers exemptions, most tolls are about half that of a passenger car.
Queensland has good weather for riding, leads the way with single-seat registration available for motorcycles and lane filtering has been recently introduced.
Overseas research has shown that a 10% shift from cars to motorcycles and scooters can lead to a 40% reduction in congestion in some traffic scenarios. Motorcycles and scooters are considered to be congestion neutral in traffic due to their smaller size, ability to lane filter and accelerate quicker than cars.
A Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics study, “Traffic and congestion cost trends for Australian capital cities”, estimates congestion costs for Brisbane metropolitan road traffic rising from $2.3 to $5.9 billion (2015-2030).
Motorcycles and scooters can easily be parked on a majority of footpaths without impeding pedestrian traffic as is done in a great many cities around the world. This model is employed successfully in Melbourne. Footpath parking provides more motorcycle parking without taking car spaces away from motorists.
Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to exempt motorcycles and scooters from all road tolls in Queensland and allow motorcycle and scooter parking on footpaths.