ATA outlines infrastructure wishlist

the ATA wants Infrastructure Australia to focus on roads, congestion and safety

The trucking lobby will call for greater investment in roads, anti-congestion measures and safety in its submission to Infrastructure Australia.

Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chairman Trevor Martyn outlined the industry's wishlist after last week announcing the peak industry body will make a submission.

The ATA will also call for greater efforts in moving towards high productivity vehicles,

"We’ll be arguing that Infrastructure Australia should place a high priority on investing in the road system, reducing urban congestion, and boosting safety by building more rest areas," Martyn says.

"We’ll also be arguing that it should recommend the road upgrades, bridge upgrades and regulatory changes that we need to increase our use of HML and high productivity vehicles, including B-triples."

Infrastructure Australia has called for public submissions as it conducts an audit of Australia's infrastructure. The audit is designed to guide the government body's investment priority list, which will be handed to the Council of Australian Governments in March 2009.

A discussion paper was recently released, which details infrastructure, regulatory and operational constraints hindering economic, social and environmental goals.

The $20 billion Building Australia Fund will bankroll infrastructure projects. However, funds will not be allocated until next year.

Furthermore, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese says expenditure may be reduced because of the Government's inability to get the Senate to pass tax increases.

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