NRMA wants more money from the Federal Government's fuel excise to go towards upgrading the Pacific Highway.
NRMA wants more money from the Federal Government's fuel excise to go towards upgrading the Pacific Highway.

Drive more fuel tax to highway: NRMA

THE NRMA has challenged the Federal Government to commit at least half the money raised by the petrol tax into fast-tracking the Pacific Hwy upgrade.

As promised, Tuesday's budget flagged a $5.6 billion federal contribution to the highway but the ever-changing deadline for the upgrade remains vague with both levels of government committing to complete works "within the next decade".

The government stands to make $15.2 billion through the tax by the end of the year and $60 billion over the next four.

NRMA president Wendy Machin welcomed the government's record infrastructure spend but said if motorists were going to pay more tax, they deserved better roads.

"Dedicating half of the 39 cent per litre petrol tax raised from motorists back into roads would mean the government's contribution to building safer roads in Australia would increase by $2.7 billion on this year's spending," Ms Machin said.

"Only then can we be sure the nation's road network receives the type of continued and sustained funding it needs over the long term."



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