The Victorian Opposition demands answers

The Truck Action Plan was excluded from the Victorian Government's infrastructure list and the Victorian Opposition asks why

November 21, 2011

The Victorian Opposition is seeking an explanation from the State Government as to why it has excluded the Truck Action Plan (TAP) from its infrastructure wish list.

The list was lodged with the Federal Government’s advisory body, Infrastructure Australia, but fails to mention TAP.

Opposition spokeswoman Jacinta Allan says the government’s failure to implement TAP will have a negative impact on residents, industry and Melbourne’s growing road congestion.

"The Baillieu Government has spent almost 12 months reviewing the TAP, putting on hold the $40 million funded by the previous Labor Government to start stage one works," Allan says.

"Now the Baillieu Government’s infrastructure ‘thought bubble’ has not included the Truck Action Plan which would have removed trucks from suburban streets and improved truck access to Melbourne’s port as a priority project."

Despite its promise to be open and accountable, the Government has blocked the Opposition’s attempts to seek information about the review and the plan’s future, she adds.

"Three Freedom of Information (FOI) requests have not been responded to within the 45-day limit and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has been gagged from talking to the community and the Opposition about truck emissions monitoring studies," Allan says.

"Roads Minister Terry Mulder has stated publicly that he would be talking to the Commonwealth Government about the Truck Action Plan.

"If that’s the case, then surely there must be some correspondence available for release under our FOI laws.

"The Baillieu Government has disregarded VicRoads advice to implement the Truck Action Plan, the same advice which has mysteriously disappeared from the VicRoads website.

"The Government is clearly going to scrap the Truck Action Plan, so why don’t they just admit it."

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