Scrapped tax for transport

Queensland and Western Australia will use savings from carbon tax for public transport

Two State Governments will use money saved from the scrapped carbon tax to make public transport more affordable for residents.

The Queensland Government has reduced fares by five per cent, while Western Australia will see an average fare reduction of 10 cents.

Western Australia also held a free public transport day this month, worth about $680,000.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says the $30 million savings from the scrapped carbon tax had been re-invested to reduce the cost of public transport as a direct result of feedback from Queenslanders.

 "The cost of living relief will continue and be even greater next year with no increase planned in 2015," says Emerson.

Western Australia Transport Minister Dean Nalder says after the carbon tax was repealed in July this year, the State Government committed to removing it from public transport fares.

"I acknowledge it took some time, however I’m pleased to announce that the 1.5 per cent carbon tax was removed from fares on November 1," he says.

Most travel will be cheaper from now on, with individual fare reductions varying according to the number of zones travelled, how the fare was rounded to the nearest 10 cents, and whether a concession was involved. 

Fares reductions range from zero to 30c, with the most common reduction being 10c for standard fares.

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