VTA seeks Industry advice body for government

Third party advice needed amid escalating costs for industry, VTA CEO says

VTA seeks Industry advice body for government
Victorian Transport Association CEO Peter Anderson


Victorian Transport Association (VTA) chief executive Peter Anderson has called for the creation of a third party body to advise government on the unique requirements of the transport and logistics industries.

Speaking at the opening of the VTA’s annual conference, Anderson says the VTA’s proposed Victorian Freight Authority would provide a transport industry perspective to decision impacting planning and development, as well as roads and infrastructure, user charges and the environment.

"The requirements of operators need to be factored early on in decisions being made by regulators and legislators, which is why are pushing for the creation of an authority like this to ensure your unique needs are being looked after," he tells conference attendees.

Anderson said the VTA was calling for change amid a series of cost increases – from fuel and excises, registration, insurance and tolls as well as stevedores and looming threats of industrial action.

"In years gone past, operators would typically wear the increases rather than risk losing business to competitors," he said.

"We need to shift this attitude and educate not only customers, but consumers as well, that increases in costs are going to be passed on through the supply chain, and ultimately to the end users of the goods transported by operators."

"If we don’t do this there’s a real risk that operators will not have cost recovery increases accepted and will therefore go under, which is not good for anyone," he said.

Anderson also addresses the volume of new road and rail infrastructure projects gaining speed in Victoria, which he said would cause some short-term pain and disruption, but ultimately much long-term gain.

"We look forward to helping create the conditions for new projects to get underway, and helping opposing groups working through differences so we can get the modern, safe and efficient transport networks we need for our industry and the broader economy to prosper," he says.

The announcement came amid reports that high-productivity freight vehicles will be given the green light to drive on the Eastern Freeway, EastLink and the new North East Link within 10 years after the roads are built – with the North East Link Authority investigating which vehicles will be given access.


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