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Proof that buses are safer and greener

Bus industry ticks all the boxes on safety with a low environmental footprint. A major report from the Bus Industry Confederation provides a decade of evidence-based data on the industry’s safety and emissions record. The report is an important snapshot of the bus industry and its contribution to Australia’s economy, social well-being, city liveability and the governments ‘green’ agenda. Australian governments need to recognise that buses are still the number-one public transport provider for workers and students. The industry report opens with a decade of data on the bus manufacturing and supply sector pointing to a strong sector that produces

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Industry desperate for workers

Employers in the bus industry desperate for workers. The growth in public transport patronage over the past 4 decades has required more buses on the road and more drivers. A major industry report released by the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) takes a deep dive on the operational task of keeping buses moving on our roads and examines the growth in patronage and passenger vehicle kilometre data over the last decade. The industry currently employs more than 85,000 Australians with an estimated 60,000 in this workforce undertaking the daily task of safely transporting scores of workers and students each day. However,

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TOPS_2020_March

18% of Australians nominated infrastructure as one of the two highest priority issues in Australia today, slightly down from 19% in March 2019. In the March 2020, 7% of Australians nominated transport as one of the two highest priority issues in Australia today, down from 10% in March 2019. 33% of Australians said that the highest priority issue for transport in Australia is public transport improvements, slightly up from 31% in March 2019. This is followed by other issues (22%) and road improvements (22%). 55% of Australians said that transport in their local areas is the same now as one

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TOPS_2019_March

19% of Australians nominated infrastructure as one of the two highest priority issues in Australia today, slightly up from 17% in March 2018. In the March 2019 quarter, 10% of Australians nominated transport as one of the two highest priority issues in Australia today, slightly up from 9% in March 2018.  31% of Australians said that the highest priority issue for transport in Australia is public transport improvements, down from 38% in March 2018. This is followed by other issues (27%) and road improvements (21%). 59% of Australians said that transport in their local areas is the same now as

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TOPS_2018_September

A majority of Australians would like to see existing road usage charges, such as fuel excises and vehicle registration fees, replaced with charges more directly linked to the distance and time of day that they travel.   Seven out of ten Australians support the replacement of existing fuel excises with a charge based on distance driven. Six in ten people surveyed said they would be willing to pay five cents for every kilometre they drive in capital cities during the weekday peak periods in return for removal of registration fees. An end to registration fees was supported by 70 percent

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TOPS_2018_March

Car sharing services such as GoGet Oneway and Car2Share are growing in popularity amongst travellers at the expense of taxi and ride sharing services such as Uber.  Support for one-way car share services was strongest amongst TOPS participants in South Australia (68 percent), followed by Queensland (67 percent) and Western Australia (64 percent). When asked about the possibility of using a car-share scheme instead of a taxi or Uber service for a one-way trip, well over half (59 percent) of TOPS participants had a greater preference for car sharing. When asked about their view of car-based taxi like services, 39

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TOPS_2017_September

Australians are looking forward to self-driving cars but are unlikely to share their vehicles with other travellers contrary to predictions made by transport experts and the motor industry. Road congestion in our major cities is unlikely to ease with the arrival of self-drive cars and could be worse than it is today. One in four survey participants said they would buy a self-drive car for family use if they were available but only one-third of these adopters would lease their vehicles to other travellers when it was not in use. Forty percent of participants said that they would probably use

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TOPS_2017_March

Fewer than half of Australian travellers believe that the nation’s roads are “relatively safe” while a declining number of people have confidence in transport in their local area.  Around 60 percent of participants said that at least one major accident occurred on their regular routes every three months. Nearly 20 percent of West Australians said that up to three accidents occurred on their regular travel routes per month while at the other end of the scale, only 11 percent of South Australians reported up to three accidents per month. Only 15 percent of New South Wales residents believe that transport

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