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State's Upper House gives green light to Transport Inquiry

1 June 2022

The availability of public transport, the role of government in encouraging cycling and walking and the future of e-scooters will be the subject of a new parliamentary inquiry initiated by the Greens.

Earlier today, the Upper House backed the proposal for a Select Committee Inquiry from Greens Transport Spokesperson, Robert Simms MLC.

“Car travel is one of the greatest sources of carbon emissions in our state. Both major parties have failed to invest in public transport or cycling infrastructure. This inquiry will play an important role in identifying strategies to encourage these clean, green transport alternatives.”

“Additionally, the inquiry will consider the future of e-scooters. There’s significant interest in e-scooters and many South Australians would like to see their use expanded – opening the door for private ownership. These are the sorts of opportunities this inquiry will examine.”

The Greens were disappointed that the inquiry was opposed by the Labor Government.

The inquiry will begin taking submissions in due course.

Terms of reference:

1. That a select committee be established to inquire and report on the following matters:

(a) the availability and quality of public transport, including:

(i) infrastructure and services in metropolitan and regional areas,

(ii) the impact of fares and frequency,

(iii) the efficacy and impacts of on-demand public transport,

(iv) The reactivation of passenger and freight rail lines in regional South Australia.

(b) The role of government in enabling and encouraging active transport, including:

(i) measures to enable more participation,

(ii) the effect on community health and wellbeing,

(iii) the effect on climate change mitigation,

(iv) measures to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

(c) the use of e-scooters and potential opportunities for expansion or further regulation,

(d) any other related matters.