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The New South Wales Opposition says Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal needs to get into the “real world” to see the impact traffic jams are having on Sydney businesses.
The NRMA motoring group has released a survey showing businesses are struggling because of increased traffic congestion in the city.

More than half of the businesses which responded to the survey said their company vehicles were spending up to four hours longer in traffic each week.

Nearly half of the businesses reported that the cost of operating their fleet vehicles had increased because of traffic congestion.

Opposition roads spokesman Duncan Gay says the results show that Mr Roozendaal was wrong earlier this year when he claimed that traffic in Sydney was no worse today than it was a decade ago.

“The first thing the Minister should do is get independent advice, get into the real world, get out of the bus lanes and get into the real lanes where everyone else has to operate and find out what’s happening,” he said.

“Because Sydney is struggling with his roads.”

Mr Roozendaal says the government is investing heavily in new roads.

“The Government is constantly looking at ways of improving traffic flows to keep motorists moving around our busy roads,” he said.

The NRMA study surveyed 175 members of its “BusinessWise” group.

It found that more than 80 per cent believed traffic congestion has increased over the past 12 months.

57 per cent of the businesses said their fleets spent up to four hours longer in traffic every week.

12 per cent said delays cost them up to $20,000 more in annual operating costs.
NRMA director Gary Punch says 27 per cent of survery respondents had been forced to change their operations to deal with traffic congestion.

“Productivity has declined because of traffic congestion,” he said.
“Fuel consumption and operating costs are up because of traffic congestion and that means businesses are now starting their days earlier, finishing them later, and passing those additional costs on to their customers.

“The state election has come and gone and this survey highlights that the State Government needs to get serious about fixing Sydney’s traffic problems.”

The Sydney Chamber of Commerce says the survey proves that the State Government needs to take cars off the roads by improving public transport. The Executive Director of the chamber, Patricia Forsythe, says the issue should be a priority. “Sydney is a big city. It’s a busy city. But I think the level of transport gridlock that we’ve seen in recent times is unacceptable, and certainly business would say that it is bearing the cost of transport inefficiencies,” she said.

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