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Survey respondents want fuel tax spent on roads

THE vast majority of voters believe the $15 billion the Federal Government gets from the tax on fuel should be allocated entirely to roads, a survey released by the NRMA showed on Tuesday.

More than 3900 people were surveyed on their voting intention and government spending on roads.

It found 45% of respondents were still open to changing their vote before the September 14 poll, and 81% of voters wanted the next federal government to allocate all fuel tax revenue to improving roads.

The survey also found 84% of respondents wanted more money to be spent on improving rail freight to help get trucks off the road, and 75% were opposed to day-time tolling on existing motorways.

It was released as the NRMA opens its annual "Seeing Red on Roads" survey, where people can go online and nominate their most frustrating road in New South Wales.

NRMA motoring and services president Wendy Machin said it was particularly important people got involved, as the results would be used to lobby federal politicians in the lead-up to the election.

"We know that politicians take notice of mass community campaigns like Seeing Red on Roads and we know they pay extra special attention in an election year," she said.

Ms Machin said of the 15,000 odd drivers who took part in the survey last year, it delivered results, with the Pacific and Princes highways received record funding from both the state and federal governments.

"The polling shows roads that matter to voters, politicians vying for a vote this election know that roads matter and the NRMA will ensure your voice is heard," she said.

For more information, or to vote, go to: www.mynrma.com.au/redflag

Topics:  federal government fuel tax nrma roads survey


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