QTA delivers election wish list

QTA CEO Peter Garske has called on Labor and the LNP to deliver forT&L in the Queensland election

The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) has called on the Labor Party and the LNP to commit to policies that maintain the profitability, productivity and safety of trucking operators and drivers.

QTA Chief Executive Peter Garske says given the current economic turmoil facing the State, the transport and logistics industry will play a major part in ensuring Queensland recovers economically.

Garske highlights a list of key policy initiatives he says will ensure the survival of trucking operators "in the most difficult economic circumstances to face the transport and logistics industry for many years".

"The next Queensland Government must hold its nerve and resist a slash and burn approach to economic management.

"The trucking industry continues to require significant investment in the freight task," he says.

Garske says efficient road freight movement will be a vital ingredient to Queensland’s import and export task, which will support the agriculture, mining and manufacturing industries as well a housing and construction revival and contribute significantly to the retail sector.

It is up to the next government to ensure this happens, he adds.

"The Queensland Government, after March 21, needs to be prepared to assist the road transport industry through good policy management which recognises our industry contribution to the economy and encourages every opportunity to be more productive and more efficient, thus providing customers and consumers with freight rates which assist economic recovery," Garske says.

The QTA also says any government must not back away from the 8.354 cents per litre fuel subsidy scheme, which has ensured $541million is returned to road users in Queensland.

"The absence of the Fuel Subsidy Scheme would be the creation of a fuel tax on all Queenslanders.

"[A new government must], not be tempted to retain this revenue to replace reduced income from stamp duty, GST or mineral loyalties," Garske says.

Along with outlining the transport and logistics industries importance to the Queensland economy, the QTA also reiterates the importance of road safety outcomes, fatigue management and driving hour regulations and rest areas.

The QTA also made mention of the chain of responsibility, saying all elements of the delivery chain must be held accountable.

The continued investment in the State’s road to ensure the network remains of a high standard and keeps fuel cost and vehicle maintenance down is also put forward as a priority by the QTA.

The Association also calls on the new government to ensure it and the community recognises the size of the freight task and the necessity for trucks to operate on urban and state wide networks.

"[Trucks must] not be simply singled out as a root of congestion, safety risk or environmental damage for the purpose of attracting voters allegiance, when the evidence clearly does not support our industry as being the villain," the QTA says.

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