Petition calls for 4WD ban at schools

Four-wheel drives wait at a school gate.
Four-wheel drives wait at a school gate. Anthony Reginato

ALMOST 20,000 Queenslanders have signed a petition calling for a ban on four-wheel drive vehicles in school pick-up zones and shopping areas.

The 19,728-name petition, was tabled by the opposition Liberal National Party's transport spokeswoman Fiona Simpson in state parliament yesterday.

The petition, tabled by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson, also called for higher registration fees for four-wheel drives, unless they are used for industry or on farms.

“The petition ... draws to the attention of the House (of Parliament) their concerns at the negative environmental impacts and effects of the excessive amount of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the use of four-wheel drive vehicles,” the petition reads.

“A four-wheel drive vehicle uses almost double the amount of fuel, emits 17 times the amount of air pollution and three times the greenhouse gases of a two-wheel drive vehicle.

“They pose a health risk to residents in city areas as well as making an unacceptable negative impact on the environment in a world facing the threat of climate change and severe oil shortages.”

It said four-wheel drives were also a “physical danger to pedestrians and smaller vehicles in the event of collision”.

The government has yet to respond to the petition.

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