NRMA backs NSW budget decisions

National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) welcomes the road safety and congestion improvements, which are highlights of the NSW budget announced this week.

The state government has pledged close to $5.5 billion in infrastructure investments across NSW which include new motorways and roads. Fleet services in NSW are constantly left held up in traffic jams or are delayed because of accidents so these changes should dramatically improve fleet productivity.

Wendy Machin, NRMA President, said some of the improvements are long overdue which suggests the government should have stepped up sooner.

"Some of these missing links have been on maps since World War II and it's a relief for Sydney motorists that they're getting closer to reality," she said.

Highlights of the infrastructure improvements include $1.2 billion for the Pacific Highway, $109 million for the roads for the new Badgery Creek airport and an additional $266 million for the construction of WestConnex.

"While we missed the 2016 deadline for completion of the Pacific Highway, announcements this year by the Australian and NSW Governments should ensure the Highway is completed by 2020 - a target we cannot afford to miss again," Ms Machin said.

It is interesting to add that $240 million of the $283.7 million destined for the NSW Road Safety strategy was funded through camera detected fines. Although revenue from fines has decreased 3.3 per cent this year, this means motorists are driving safer.

Ms Machin explained that it was NRMA's idea for the camera detected fines to be reinvested in the Community Road Safety Fund.

The NSW government will also fund a tunnel under the Spit Bridge and the completion of the F6 extension.

"Sydney's south and Sydney's north have been crying out for congestion solutions for years - this planning money will finally see progress and hopefully deliver relief for long suffering motorists in these communities."

Quicker journeys throughout NSW should reduce fuel cost on fleet managers. Fuel consumption is real concern for many businesses so an investment in fleet management software could be a solution.

The software can track the fuel consumption of individual vehicles as well as giving fleet managers an indication of which ones are more fuel efficient over a period of time.

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