Removing tyre pumps will cause mayhem: MP
A Gympie MP says removing one of the last remaining tyre inflation services in the Rainbow Beach region will “be a nightmare and create mayhem”.
Tony Perrett has supported a petition to ask the State Government to install and administer free air pumps for 4WDs.
It comes as a local car wash that had placed its free air pumps on neighbouring vacant crown land without formal permission was forced to remove them.
Mr Perrett says the forced closure of the services will compound issues of cars banking up and clogging roads.
“The government’s solution is that there are already other businesses providing tyre inflation facilities,” Mr Perrett said.
“With the Shell station withdrawing its air hoses the BP station will have to carry the load of thousands of cars pumping their tyres.
Mr Perrett reiterated that the State Government advises drivers to change their tyre pressure before beach driving, but does not provide services to reinflate them.
“The region relies on family friendly adventure-based tourism and beach driving,” he said.
“Whether you are camping or stopping in accommodation houses most people drive on the beach.
“Even if visitors bring their own compressors there are limited places to actually stop and inflate their tyres.
“This will only compound issues of cars banking up and clogging either State roads or local roads.”
Mr Perrett added the region had struggled with a variety of other issues, particularly with tourism during coronavirus with “unrealistic” distance regulations, closed camping sites, difficulty obtaining permits and the creation of “extra special permits”.