Andrew Fraser.
Andrew Fraser. The Coffs Coast Advocate

RTA name change a waste: Fraser

COFFS Harbour MP Andrew Fraser says the name change of RTA Road Services to Road and Fleet Services (RFS) is a total waste of taxpayer money.

Mr Fraser said this particular division of the RTA employ 2000 people at 100 depots and had 2000 vehicles statewide.

“The change of name from Road Services to RFS does not alter the role of road maintenance in any way, shape, or form, but the cost to change the name would have probably been in the vicinity of $500 per vehicle, $500 for depot signage, and I would estimate at least $100 per uniform, which would mean somewhere in the vicinity of a cost of nearly $1.7 million,” Mr Fraser said.

“Additionally, there would have been a cost involved in changing the RTA's website, stationery etc. What a waste of money.

“Not only is the acronym RFS already commonly used by the Rural Fire Service, which could result in some confusion, but surely the estimated $1.7m cost of this name change and the signage would have been far better spent on road maintenance.”

Mr Fraser said a recent NRMA report showed that almost one quarter of the Pacific Highway had a poor road surface.

“Poor pavement conditions are extremely dangerous because they affect a driver's ability to control the car, particularly on regional roads with higher speed limits, and it also damages vehicles.”

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