According to a recent RAC survey, our members think they spend about $4,679 a year on getting around, but a new report by the AAA estimates it’s more than $20,000 each year.

RAC General Manager External Relations Will Golsby said there’s a large gap in how much Perth motorists think they’re spending on transport each year and how much it’s actually costing them.

“A recent RAC survey revealed motorists think they’re spending about $4,700 a year, but a new report by the Australian Automobile Association estimates the average Perth household is now spending quadruple that — more than $20,000 a year on transport," Mr Golsby said.

“It’s only getting more expensive to simply get around our city, especially with fuel prices reaching record highs in recent months and ongoing registration and licence fee increases.

“Through surveying our members, we know two-thirds have taken action to reduce their motoring costs over the past 12 months, with the most common way to do so by walking more instead of driving.

“While we welcome the WA Government’s two-zone cap on Transperth fares set to come into effect in January, we’re calling for further action to reduce the financial burden of transport on WA motorists.

“A three-year freeze on vehicle registration fees and public transport fares will help to address the rising cost of transport in WA and help ease the pressure on household budgets.”


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