Almost two-thirds of Australians don’t want the federal Labor-led government to include fuel for buses in the carbon price legislation, according to the latest quarterly national transport survey from the University of Sydney.
While household vehicles will be exempt from the carbon price scheme, bus operators will have to pay it from 2014.
This result is consistent with other responses showing strong support for public transport, ITLS Director Professor David Hensher said.
In each of the quarterly surveys to date about half of Australians nominate public transport as the nation’s highest transport priority, twice as many as those who say road improvements are the most pressing transport issue.
“Clearly this creates a distortion at odds with other public policies to increase public transport patronage,” Professor Henscher said.
Professor Hensher says Australians’ confidence in transport in their local area increased slightly on last quarter’s results, due largely to an improvement in confidence in Victoria.
Confidence about transport nationally remained constant, with 48 per cent of respondents saying transport would improve across Australia in the next five years.
“We will continue to monitor community confidence each quarter,” Professor Hensher said.
The first national survey to measure transport opinions on a regular basis, TOPS is a reliable indicator of Australians’ ongoing confidence about transport in their local area and transport in Australia.
The ITLS in the University of Sydney Business School provides education and conducts research in transport, logistics and supply chain management.
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