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Fun Facts – 20 Years of Growth on Queensland Roads


  • Looking back 20 years on Queensland roads is an interesting journey. Your car CD player was probably blasting out popular hits from the late 90s like Barbie Girl, Mmmbop or Tubthumping. A lot has changed since the 1990s. The music has changed, Hanson has grown up and while Queensland roads are becoming busier they are becoming safer.
    •There are over one million more cars registered in Queensland now than there was 20 years ago.[1]
    •There are almost three times as many motorcycles on the road in Queensland as there was 20 years ago.[2]
    •You can now choose between four insurers for Compulsory Third Party Insurance (CTP Insurance) in Queensland but back 20 years ago you had a choice between 11 CTP insurers.[3]
    •Annual CTP insurance premiums for cars (forming part of your annual registration fee) have gone up around $120 since 1997.[4]
    •Despite the increase in the number of cars on Queensland roads, the number of accidents happening on Queensland roads has not spiked considerably.[5]
    •Queensland roads are becoming safer despite being busier. The Queensland road toll in 1998 was 279. The road toll in 2015 was 243 and overall there is a downward trend in road fatalities since records dating back to 1952.[6]
    •Women between the ages of 16 to 35 are still the most likely to be injured in an accident that results in a compensation claim.[7]
    If you need legal advice about something that happened on the road in Queensland contact one of car accident lawyers today.
    Fun fact data compiled using information in the Motor Accident Insurance Commission Annual Reports and Statistical Information from 1996/1997 and 2016. Both reports are available at https://maic.qld.gov.au/statistics/

    [1] As at 30 June 1997 there was over 1.5 million cars registered in Qld. As at 31 December 2016 there was over 2.7 million cars registered in Qld.
    [2] As at 30 June 1997 there was over 26,000 motorcycles registered in Qld. As at 31 December 2016 there are over 78,000 motorcycles registered in Qld.
    [3] Queensland drivers can now chose between Suncorp, RACQ, QBE and Allianz.
    [4] CTP premiums for cars are currently $349.10 but were around $230.00 back in 1997.
    [5] Between 1994 to 1997 there was around 7400 accidents in the Brisbane area (over a period of 2.75 years). By way of comparison, between 2013 to 2015 there was around 8800 accidents in the Brisbane area (over a period of 3 years).
    [6] 2015 Summary Road Crash Report, Transport and Main Roads (Data Analysis), April 2016.
    [7]Between 1 July 2007 to 31 December 2016 there were 14,217 females who were involved in accidents and made compensation claims. During that same period there were 12,175 male claimants. Data from 1994 to 1997 confirms that women claimants were common then men.
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