ALC calls on Government to remove productivity anchors

By: Rob McKay

The Australian Logistics Council has put the transport productivity debate squarely in the court of government.

ALC calls on Government to remove productivity anchors
ALC chairman Don Telford.


In his opening address to the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) forum in Melbourne today, chairman Don Telford asks if the nation’s governments are delivering for the sector and the broader economy, implementing the right policies, and making the right decisions to maximise efficiency.

Noting that, in difficult economies, every one per cent in productivity improvement equates to a  $2 billion dollar boost in gross domestic product, he argues for more strategic infrastructure investment; less regulatory overlap and duplication; urban planners to consider freight needs; greater use of rail to move freight; greater use of high-productivity vehicles; and the efficient identification and delivery of major infrastructure projects.

On infrastructure, Telford calls on senators to approve strategic infrastructure investment legislation.

He calls on the federal government to give more impetus to the national heavy vehicle regulator and to repair coastal shipping, while state governments are asked to push past sectional community resistance to bigger trucks on highways, which, ironically, also boosts road safety.

The ALC also wants telematics mandated "to improve safety and compliance outcomes", Telford says.

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