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Trevor Collett | Oct, 13 2014 | 4 Comments

Motorists in Western Australia are being “short changed” by the Federal Government when it comes to motoring-related taxes.

That’s according to a report commissioned by the state’s peak motoring group, the RAC, which examined WA’s return against taxes paid by the state's motorists.

The report found for every dollar the Federal Government collected from WA motorists, only 41 cents was returned through spending on the state’s roads.

“In the past year, it is estimated the Australian Government collected $2.3 billion from WA, but invested just $944 million dollars,” RAC’s Will Golsby said.

“Canberra is cashing in at the expense of WA’s motorists, with the majority of funding flowing to projects in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria or into consolidated revenue.”

Mr Golsby said WA was facing “significant” road safety and infrastructure challenges, and called on the Federal Government to provide more funding for road projects.

The RAC says more people are killed on WA roads (per capita) than any other mainland state, with an average of one death every two days in 2013.

The Club believes a road toll per capita more closely aligned with other states could see around 33 lives saved.

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WA’s road toll is currently eight fatalities higher than at the same time last year, and is almost identical to the same time in 2012 and 2011.

Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory (which has already passed its 2013 road toll) and the Northern Territory are also up on last year, while NSW, South Australia and Queensland have shown improvements.

The RAC estimates Perth’s population growth, based on current projections, will see it overtake Brisbane as Australia’s third-largest city before 2030 and could be as high as 5.4 million by 2050.

“In 2012 the RAC forecast an additional one million motorised vehicles will be on our roads by 2020, and Perth’s public transport system will also be required to carry more than twice as many people as it does now,” Mr Golsby said.

Mr Golsby said the populations of regional cities such as Albany, Bunbury and Geraldton are expected to grow by between 15 and 29 percent, and also called on the WA Sate Government to support the push for more federal funding.

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