$2 Billion Guaranteed To Fix Country And Suburban Roads

08 August 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promise to guarantee that all revenue from traffic cameras and on-the-spot speeding fines will be used to fix suburban and country roads.

Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan has introduced legislation into Parliament that would permanently direct fine revenue to repairing and upgrading Victoria’s road network, protecting our roads from future Liberal cuts.

The legislation would establish the Better Roads Victoria Fund to receive on-the-spot speeding and traffic camera revenue, putting money from fines back into the community for road upgrades.

Under the new laws, outer-suburban and country Victorian roads would each receive a minimum 33 percent of the Better Roads Victoria Fund, ensuring those who drive the most will get better and safer roads

The remaining 34 percent of the fund will be used for the repair and upgrade of roads and level crossings anywhere in the state, to give VicRoads the flexibility to divert resources where they’re needed most.

Labor’s 2014 Transport Plan, Project 10,000 committed $1 billion over eight years to repair and upgrade roads across Melbourne’s outer suburbs, and another $1 billion to repair and upgrade roads and level crossings in country Victoria.

In less than four years the Labor Government has already exceeded this commitment, allocating more than $3 billion from fee fine revenue to upgrading and repairing roads across the state.

This locked-in investment is on top of the Labor Government’s massive program of major road projects including the West Gate Tunnel, North East Link, the $4 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade as well as upgrades to the Tullamarine Freeway, Monash Freeway and the M80 ring Road.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Road and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

“We’ve locked roads funding into legislation, delivering on our promise to build better roads for outer suburban and regional communities – protecting our roads from future Liberal-National cuts.”

“When the Liberals were last in power they slashed funding for country roads – and they’ll do it again if they get the chance. This will stop that from happening.”

“In 2014 we said we’d spend $2 billion over eight years to fix roads in the outer suburbs and in country Victoria – we’ve already delivered and far exceeded that commitment – when we say we’ll do something, we do it.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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