View from Canberra – March 2022

What are we doing about ‘zero’?

The past several months has seen escalated ‘disruption’ in our industry by the various announcements coming out of state/territory governments in their mission to reach for ‘zero’ – some as early as 2030. From a politician’s perspective, it is obviously a no-brainer that public transport will be the first (and easiest?) transport mode on which governments can hang their caps. The bus industry has an outstanding record as early adopters of ‘green’ technology; and yet we are the smallest fleet on the road compared with cars and trucks, we have the lowest per passenger on-road emission records and we continue to have the best safety record in public transport provision. It is ‘our lot in life’ that the task will fall to the bus and coach industry to navigate this major change in road transportation.

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