Clearing Australia's roads

The amount of time spent on the road and in traffic can be a major headache for drivers. As a typical cause for frustration, sitting still when you have work to do can leave a driver feeling annoyed and under pressure in their workplace.

This is something a fleet manager will be concerned about. Working under pressure when behind the wheel is not a good thing, and rash decisions could result in accidents. These can end up costing a business more than money, as reputation in the community can be damaged, not to mention any legal issues that arise.

It's a good thing, then, that initiatives are being put in place to make Australia's roads clearer. One program that seems to be gaining traction through government funding is the use of public transport.

According to Translink, public fares across the Queensland region have fallen by 5 per cent. For commuters working a 20-day week, this can add up to a free train, bus or tram ticket once a month - twice with a return leg accounted for.

More services and cheaper fares have also been called for by residents of the Sunshine State, and it is expected to take precedence in state government plans.

It's not just in Queensland, either. In New South Wales, four corridors are going through the early stages of receiving a light rail service.

Any one of these locations in Parramatta (Macquarie Park via Carlingford; Castle Hill via Old Northern Road; Bankstown; Sydney Olympic Park and Strathfield/Burwood) would be designed to ease traffic in central business areas.

With less traffic on the roads, fleet services should prove to be more efficient, with less time stuck in queues.

As these gradual changes take place, fleet managers can benefit today from reporting resources, to track the best routes, times and other criteria, in order to reduce driver stress and improve fuel consumption efficiency.