Federal tax blocks car renewal, risking lives on the road

January 30, 2018

State and federal governments are failing to meet almost nine out of ten promised road safety improvements, reinforcing Australian Conservatives campaign to end $5 billion in car tariffs that is slowing the replacement of older, unsafe vehicles

Today’s The Australian newspaper shares peak motoring body the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) claims that only four of 33 safety targets agreed by the nation’s transport ministers in the 2011-20 national road safety strategy are on track to be met.

The safety strategy promised a 30 per cent reduction in road deaths and serious injuries in car accidents, but the road toll is down by just 14 per cent.

December was a horror month on Australian roads with 129 fatalities nationally, the worst monthly toll since the year the road safety strategy was signed.

Australian Automobile Association chief executive Michael Bradley said,  “The car tariff is a tax on technology, locking Australians into older, more dangerous cars, and penalising safety technologies being rolled out elsewhere in the world

Senator Cory Bernardi has been campaigning in federal parliament and in the community for cheaper, safer cars, saving Australian auto buyers over $1 billion per year in unnecessary federal car taxes.

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