Don't ban 4WDs: Simpson

Fiona Simpsin does not support a petition calling for four-wheel-drives to be banned from school car parks.
Fiona Simpsin does not support a petition calling for four-wheel-drives to be banned from school car parks.
FIONA Simpson says banning four-wheel-drives is not LNP policy despite tabling a petition drawing attention to the "physical dangers" of the vehicles.

The petition, calling for higher registration costs for four-wheel-drives and banning the vehicles from school pick-up and drop-off zones, sparked outrage from four-wheel-drive enthusiasts earlier this week.

Almost 20,000 people signed the petition.

Ms Simpson, the opposition's transport spokeswoman, said she did not support the ban but the principal petitioner who lives at Currumbin on the Gold Coast had right to see the document tabled.

"I do not support bans upon four-wheel-drives nor do I endorse the proposal of my constituent," Ms Simpson said.

“When I received it, I told the petitioner I did not agree with his views but I believed he had a right to have it tabled.

“Once misreported, these things morph into myths.

"This was not my petition, nor did I write or endorse it.

"I tabled it through the Clerk of Parliament as MPs routinely do for petitions, regardless of whether they concur with the sentiments.

“It is definitely not LNP policy to ban four wheel drives in school zones or shopping centres or to hike their registration fees."

However, Ms Simpson said she did agree with a petition tabled earlier this year protesting against the Bligh government's vehicle registration hike.

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