AUSTRALIA’S COST OF TRAVEL: The cost of travel has soared in the past decade, with the average annual cost of a ticket in Australia rising from $7.20 to $19.50.
While this is an increase of about $1,200, there has been a decrease in the number of passengers, with an estimated 1.4 million fewer passengers than in 2015.
In 2016, the average ticket in Sydney cost $14.75.
In Melbourne, the cost was $16.25.
At the same time, travel to New York City was up by $1.2 billion and Washington, D.C. by $5.5 billion.
The average cost of an adult flight in New York was $6,632.
In New York, it was $8,944.
On average, people spent $6.1 billion more per year travelling by car in New Zealand than they did in Australia.
Australians spent about $4,200 less per year on taxis in 2016 than they had in 2015, according to Transport for NSW.
Australian drivers were only about 5.6 per cent more likely to be involved in a crash than Australians in New England and New York.
By contrast, Australian drivers were 10.6 times more likely than New England drivers to be in a fatal crash.
Cars were involved in more than half of all fatal crashes involving drivers in 2016.
Drivers were responsible for 24 per cent of all injuries and deaths in New South Wales.
Almost half of the fatalities involved motorcyclists, a category that included horses and mopeds.
Motorcyclists accounted for 15 per cent, more than double the proportion of drivers.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were more likely in 2016 to be killed in a collision with a car than any other ethnic group.
Over a third of fatal collisions in NSW were attributed to a motorcyclist, while the other third was caused by a pedestrian.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the most commonly injured people were women aged between 20 and 49, with more than one in three injured women aged over 50 being Aboriginal and Torres, or Indigenous.
For every death caused by road traffic, more people were seriously injured.
Between 2005 and 2015, the number and severity of fatal road traffic accidents rose by more than 70 per cent.
Australia’s road toll in 2016 was more than 6.6 million, more deaths than the previous year and nearly 7 million people were injured.