Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Shift trucks from cities - survey

Pedestrian sign squashed by truck - Corner of Moore and Hopkins Streets, Footscray. VIC - June 2011

MORE than half of Australians want trucks moving only during non-peak times while 50 per cent want large trucks banned from cities, a new survey says.
An Auspoll survey of 1500 respondents said more than 80 per cent of Australians wanted more commonwealth involvement in funding and planning of the nation's public transport systems.
The survey was commissioned by a public transport and health coalition.
Australasian Railways Association chief executive Bryan Nye said traffic congestion costs Australians more than $15 billion a year through time lost in traffic, delays to businesses, associated health problems and road accidents.
"Our congested roads are a result of poor planning," Mr Nye said.
"It impedes Australia's productivity and liveability of our cities.

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