Is this Sydney City's vision for Motorists?
May 21, 2021
You may have seen this "sculpture" around Hickson Road Walsh Bay in Sydney's CBD. Putting aside its questionable artistic qualities, to us it symbolises Sydney City's attitude to cars. And you may well be excused for thinking so when you see what is being done to Sydney's streets in an endeavour to remove cars from them. With exorbitant parking levies, fines and teams of rangers ready to swoop on unsuspecting parking perpetrators who may exceed the parking time by just a minute or two, it's a pretty clear picture for motorists. Couple this with... Continue reading
Towards greener motoring
May 21, 2021
Motorists are continuously blamed for contributing to greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. However, the vast majority of motorists would prefer to drive clean energy vehicles and not contribute to climate change at all given the choice.
Governments need to take action to drive the change to clean energy vehicles. Currently, there are virtually no incentives in Australia to take-up electric vehicles yet huge support continues for the fossil fuel industry in the way of subsidies. Without good policy and incentive... Continue reading
Sydney's roads crippled with congestion
May 08, 2021
Sydney's roads regularly become crippled with congestion. With most roads in peak hours resembling a car park. Very little is being done to fix the problem, and it continues to get worse!
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Australian fossil fuel subsidies hit .3 billion in 2020-21
April 28, 2021
Fossil fuel subsidies cost Australians a staggering .3 billion in FY 2020-21 with one Commonwealth tax break alone (.84 billion) exceeding the .82 billion spent on the Australian Army, according to research released today by The Australia Institute.
In fact, .3 billion in Government subsidies means that in 2020, every minute of every day ,686 was effectivel... Continue reading
Australians pay twice the price for cars than they do in the US
January 16, 2021
With no local car manufacturing industry in Australia left to protect why are Australians paying twice the price here than people in the US do for the same car? Continue reading
Fossil Fuels and Climate Change
December 31, 2020
Motorists don't like to be blamed for damage to our environment from climate change. However, motorists are one of the main contributors of global emissions due to the continuous burning of fossil fuels to power vehicles. But this does not mean motoring is the problem, it means that we need to move from fossil fuel burning vehicles to cleaner energies as quickly as possible to reduce emissions from vehicles. Electric powered vehicles are the obvious solution. Yet there is little change in emissions if we just move from burning fossil fuels in v... Continue reading
The poor state of Sydney's free streets
December 29, 2020
We keep getting new toll roads, new light rail and plenty of new bike lanes, but very little has been done to fix our free roads over the years. With most not having had any upgrade, or even resurfacing for over 30 years! Over that time the amount of traffic that uses our roads has multiplied several times and our roads are now in disarray. We pay our registration fees, taxes and levies and we believe it should not just be to finance the building of more toll roads but to also maintain and improve our free roads.
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Fines and fees becoming a deterrent to motoring, not just a deterrent to offending.
December 27, 2020
At what point does the relentless imposition of new fines and punitive fees move from being a deterrent for motorists committing offences to being a deterrent to motoring altogether? You could well be excused for thinking our local and state governments are actively trying to deter us from being on the roads altogether. And we think that if it wasn't for the billions of dollars governments gouge from motorists each year, there would be no private vehicles on our roads at all!
It's a fact, governments use motoris... Continue reading
The continuous loss of city streets for motor vehicles
December 16, 2020
Motorists are continuously being eradicated from city streets with no alternatives to cope with the increased congestion or difficulty imposed on delivery vehicles. With more and more of the road lost to bike lanes, as well as car parking spaces being resumed for various uses parking is becoming more difficult with no replacement car parking spaces being built at all.
As well, speed limits on all city streets are now being reduced to 40kmh. Yet with 40kmh speed limits in our cities we see no valid reason to keep converting r... Continue reading
Reducing Australia's road toll
March 23, 2020
The Motorists Party has a commitment is to helping reduce Australia's road toll. However, we believe the burden should not be put on motorists alone. Our governments are constantly reducing speed limits, increasing fines, installing speed cameras in areas not necessarily where a safety problem exists, and putting more and more restrictions on drivers. But there has been very little done to our free roads and intersections over the years to make them safer for both drivers and pedestrians. Road safety is a shared responsibility and redu... Continue reading
Motoring Through a Pandemic
March 23, 2020
Commuting during a pandemic is far safer in a private vehicle than on public trans[ort. Maintaining social distancing or avoiding touching surfaces that may be contaminated is not easy to do catching a bus or train. It's great to see motorists maintaining social distancing while driving 😀
Australia spends over b a year buying oil from overseas
December 07, 2019
Currently, Australia spends over b a year buying oil from overseas. Money that's lining the pockets of oil producing countries and not ours. That's a heck of a lot of money that could be staying in Australia if we had alternatives such as electric powered vehicles and renewable energies. The Australian Motorists Party is committed to helping develop viable alternatives, to not only fossil fuels, but the need for Australia to import energy from overseas.
And, while we recognise that there is likely to always be a genuine need for... Continue reading
Are motorists just viewed by Government as a source of revenue?
January 08, 2019
Well, you could be mistaken for thinking so. Governments constantly have their hands in motorist's pockets. Whether its import duties, tariffs and customs to local councils with exorbitantly priced parking, punishing fines and relentless parking rangers, to state and federal governments who use tax money motorists have already paid to them to build new toll roads that we then have to pay again to use. It just doesn't seem fair.
Motorists pay a lot of money each year through car registrations, fuel taxes and fees but our existing fr... Continue reading
Affordable Parking Where its Needed
December 17, 2018
Governments and councils actively discourage cars parking in the CBD and inner suburbs. And minimise the number of cars coming into them by increasing costs to Motorists. We don't agree with their policies. We believe motorist's should have good affordable roads and parking and not be pushed to using public transport or expensive toll roads just to get to and from work.
Instead of Governments making life easier for motorists, they put obstacles are put in place to make it more difficult, and especially financial ones. Punitiv... Continue reading