Aim for EVERY vehicle on Sydney’s roads to be electric as the city is suffocating with petrol fumes
- Andrew Constance wants all vehicles to be electric in NSW, starting with buses
- Expresses concern over government’s expanding road network
- Last week, the Transport Minister announced an increase in public transport fares
NSW’s Transport Secretary Andrew Constance has a very ambitious goal: every car, bus and truck should be electric in the state.
He wants to improve air quality amid growing concerns about the government’s expanding highway network, including the WestConnex project.
“I am the first minister of state in our history to try to promote the electrification of transport vehicles for health purposes,” he told the newspaper. Sydney Morning Herald.
‘Our infrastructure must comply with everything’ [environmental] requirements … but my goal is to make this problem obsolete by electrifying [all] cars, buses and trucks.’
The Mercdes-Benz E-Class (pictured) has been a market winner among electric car enthusiasts in Australia
The Tesla Model X (pictured) has also proved popular with people buying electric cars in Australia – NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has set an ambitious long-term goal – every car, bus and truck should be electric in the state
NSW Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance (pictured) wants ‘to be the first minister of state in our history to try to boost the electrification of transport vehicles for health purposes’
Mr Constance’s new focus follows research that suggests the health effects of multibillion-dollar government transportation projects are being ignored.
Patrick Harris, of the Center for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation at the University of NSW, is adamant that the public interest is paramount.
He has expressed his concern about the possible construction of a second harbor tunnel.
Mr Constance previously raised eyebrows when he said the NSW government would look into: electrify its entire bus network by 2030.
“After the fires, the quality of the air we breathe is a major health problem, especially in the catchment area like Sydney, where we ultimately have to do everything we can to protect public health,” he said.
Last week the Minister for Transport announced that public transport fares will rise in NSW over the next year.
Constance said the move was in line with inflation, before confirming that most commuters would experience a cost increase of less than $1 a week.
The rate increase will take effect on July 5 for the new financial year.
The state government also reportedly rejected a recommended five percent increase for the coming year, saying it was unwilling to “sting” regular public transport users.
Electric vehicle charging stations (pictured) will become more common in NSW as the state strives to make every car, bus and truck electric