Sydney road congestion IS getting worse!

Australian Insurer NRMA has surveyed 1,100 businesses
that run vehicle fleets in the city, finding that 80 per cent believe that
congestion has worsened in the past year.

In addition, 62 per cent of businesses surveyed
believe that the roads themselves have worsened while 78 per cent believe that
it is taking them longer to get to work than it did last year. Around 25 per
cent said that their operating costs have increased by about $5,000 because of

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the businesses
surveyed said that they wanted to see the government addressing rising fuel
prices, registration costs and tolls around the city. However, almost 70 per
cent of them opposed a congestion charge on motorists to manage the problem.

NRMA’s president has called on the government to ‘come
up with a plan to tackle congestion and implement solutions to alleviate
congestion across metropolitan Sydney’.

Whilst the NSW Government has been investing in
alternative forms of transport to the city, including new bicycle lanes, these
are unlikely to fully offset the increasing demand on roads, particularly by
the business sector. Any congestion measures being considered are unlikely to
please motorists, despite their complaints about traffic and rising costs!

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