Sydneysiders' parking woes

A recent study conducted by the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) on the parking situation in Sydney has revealed there simply aren't enough spaces for all the New South Wales capital's employees.

The 'Sydney CBD Parking Comparison' report compares the price, type and amount of parking available to Sydneysiders with that available to employees in Boston, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

All five urban hubs are approximately the same size and home to the same number of people - but this is where the similarities end.

Sydney was found to have the second largest population after Boston, and the second highest number of people working in the CBD. However, the NRMA study made a shocking discovery - the city has the lowest amount of parking spaces!

The parking is also more pricey, with non-discounted parking rates a whopping 97 per cent more expensive in Sydney than in Boston, which came in second place. These rates are also 179 per cent higher than Seattle's, which came in last.

"Sydneysiders are sick of being demonised for driving their cars," said NRMA Group CEO Tony Stuart in a March 10 statement.

"This report shows that they are in fact higher users of public transport than people in comparable cities. Adequate parking in a city like Sydney is essential, both in the CBD itself and at transport hubs like railway stations and light rail end points."

Hopefully, the NRMA study will encourage the NSW Government and City of Sydney Council to make some changes - but until then, there are other ways you can save money on your fleet!

With our software for fleet management, for example, you can get real-time, strategic reporting on your vehicles' performance, so you can make informed decisions about your fleet that will keep your costs down.

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