Truck Action Plan response overdue

It's been three months and the Victorian Greens are still waiting for a reponse on the Truck Action Plan

By Ruza Zivkusic | August 16, 2011

The Victorian Greens have criticised the State Government’s approach to the Truck Action Plan, saying a response to its question is long overdue.

Greens MP Colleen Hartland asked the government about the plan almost three months ago and is still waiting for a response.

"This Tuesday, the government will be 53 days overdue in responding to my question," Hartland says.

"It has to respond within 30 days and it has been 83 days.

"I don’t think it should be normal; it indicates to me that maybe they don’t know what they’re doing, maybe they don’t have a truck plan and they’re leading people in the dark - especially people in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

"And obviously, for the truck companies this is really difficult for them not knowing what the government is going to do."

Transport Minister Terry Mulder earlier told ATN the government is committed to providing "an effective and sustainable transport system to support all Victorians within the constraints of available funding".

The two-stage plan, which was announced by former Transport Minister Tim Pallas and recommended by transport guru Sir Rod Eddington, aims to reduce truck traffic on residential streets in Melbourne’s inner-west and improve freight access from the west to the Port of Melbourne.

"It makes me really cross because the Liberal Party came home very heavily in the west on that the Labor Party has neglected Melbourne and they’re doing just as badly and in some case it’s worse," Hartland says.

"They have very little regards to Parliament and their responsibilities around transparency.

"I think the Truck Action Plan is very important for the industry and residents so that we know exactly where we stand and what we can expect in the future."

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