Pedestrian Council of
Safety – Amenity – Access – Health
Sunday 3 August 2006
Millionaires’ Transport Talkfest
Active Transport Groups Excluded
PCA Calls on Malcolm Turnbull to Campaign for Immediate Motor Vehicle FBT and Tariff Reform
The Chairman of the PCA, Harold Scruby, criticised today’s “Lloyd’s List – Sydney Transport Summit” for being elitist, ignoring ‘active transport’ and excluding the major pedestrian and cycling groups.
Mr Scruby said: “At $2,524.50 for 2 days, this was clearly designed for millionaires, oil companies, car companies, ministers and senior bureaucrats. This was not designed to hear the voices of those campaigning for ‘active transport’ solutions to our nation’s traffic and transport woes.
“The mammoth ‘Warren Centre’s Sustainable Transport in Sustainable Cities Project of 2002’ concluded that: ‘More effective policies and actions are needed to promote active transport and reduce car use’ Yet the words walking and cycling hardly appear on the agenda.
Mr Scruby added: “While traffic and transport problems will require major infrastructure programs, enormous expenditure and considerable time to fix, the Federal Government could initiate 2 significant changes with the stroke of a pen.
“While the FBT and Tariff regimes were inherited from the previous Labor Government, the current FBT on cars now sees every middle-manager rewarded with a vehicle in lieu of a salary increase. This tax is structured so that the further the owner drives the car, the lower the tax, thus increasing petrol consumption, greenhouse gases, traffic congestion and the potential for road trauma. This tax must be reversed immediately to reduce car-dependency and encourage the use of Public Transport. And the FBT on CBD car-parking should be reviewed commensurately, to significantly tax motorists who drive into and park in cities.
“Additionally, the current Tariff on motor-vehicles allows 4WDs such as a 12 cylinder, gas-guzzling VW Touareg to come into
“We call on the keynote speaker, Mr Turnbull, who is now the Federal Government’s roving ambassador and expert on Transport, Tax and Water, to release a statement agreeing with these recommendations and to campaign vigorously to ensure these changes are implemented without delay.
“We suggest that these ubiquitous and ever increasing Transport Talkfests be affordable to all stakeholders, inclusive not exclusive, that ‘active transport’ keynote speakers be included and that there be stated objectives and expected results within given time-frames, along with formal communiqués and evaluations. Otherwise, they are simply a waste of time.” Mr Scruby said.