Australian vehicle trips down 75% amid partial virus shutdown

Interesting data from the Grattan Institute shows that traffic on Sydney’s and Melbourne’s roads has crashed 75% amid the coronavirus pandemic:

Australians do appear to be changing their behaviour in response to the spatial distancing and quasi-lockdown measures imposed by the state and federal governments over the past weeks. The chart below shows that the number of trips taken by people Melbourne and Sydney has fallen to about 25 per cent of normal.

But the number of trips has fallen further in other international cities with tougher spatial distancing restrictions. It is hard to believe that these Australian travel patterns reflect compliance with an injunction to stay at home except for essential trips.

Australians must be more compliant with spatial distancing measures…

The spread of COVID-19 cases slowed in China about 10 days after strict lockdowns were put in place. Italy fully locked down two weeks ago and has just started to record a decline in new cases

We must continue to clamp down on the spread of COVID-19.

The Morrison Government must move to full lockdown ASAP.

Leith van Onselen

Comments

  1. DingwallMEMBER

    From SMH too
    City activity drops to 20 per cent, but other places better at staying home
    People in Sydney and Melbourne have cut their travel to 20 per cent of ordinary levels this week, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Pallavi Singhal reports using data from global transport app Citymapper.

    Movement in cities in lockdown such as Rome has dropped to as low as 4 per cent. But, at the same time, places such as Singapore have managed to control the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining movement at about 62 per cent of normal levels.

    Hundreds of people were out and about at Manly this morning.

    Earlier this morning, we put out a poll asking if the readers of this blog thought Australians were doing a good job of social distancing. After 4000 responses, 89 per cent of you said we weren’t.

    It’s hopeless at the moment… still lots not really understanding or dismissing the whole affair

  2. Stephen Morris

    No doubt Transurban will soon be demanding a taxpayer subsidy to compensate it for loss of profits.

    The Golden Rule of Australian Privatisation: “Private Profit. Public Risk.”

    • There was an article I saw earlier about the cruise ship industry — another major corporate tax-dodger, now demanding a taxpayer bailout.

      “To save jobs”! (Think of the children!)

      That reminds me of terrorists who use civilians as human shields

  3. Deary me, now we have too much infrastructure — can we get rid of some of it and build units, do you think?

    • Stephen Morris

      “Asset recycling”

      Just the other day they ripped up the road outside our house and re-laid it in a new suburb(!)

    • now we have too much infrastructure

      There is the living space under the bridges, forward planning at it’s best.

  4. Roads in North Brisbane (well just the Redcliffe Peninsula) are still quite busy. Shops are slow. Overall in SEQ, Public Transport trips are down 70% from a week ago and trending down. I’ve heard that we are about to get a Saturday timetable on all modes of Public Transport for the foreseeable future.

  5. Probs Scott Charlton (Transurban CEO) has a nice little clause in the NSW govt Toll contracts which includes minumium number of cars, and if not met will be supported by the govt coffers.
    That’s how they usually do it!

  6. I wonder who will be the first to get a speeding ticket in Sydney CBD in rush hour. Haven’t seen one of those in a while.