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VTA welcomes government investments

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The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) says it welcomes the government investments outlined in the Victorian Budget which Treasurer Tim Pallas unveiled on Tuesday May 3.

It notes the key measures improve the state’s road and rail infrastructure, addresses transport industry skills shortages, and increases skills and training through licencing reform.

“The freight industry hasn’t stopped or missed a beat during the pandemic despite a shortage of workers that has added to supply chain pressures felt right throughout the economy,” Peter Anderson, the VTA’s CEO, says.

“We applaud the government for recognising and acting on the supply chain headwinds our industry is facing, particularly the need to reform our licencing system to be able to attract and retain new and highly skilled and qualified people to the industry,” he adds.

“The $21.5 million in the budget for licencing reform will help create safer and more competent drivers and is an important component in making the transport industry a more attractive profession.

“Victoria is leading the nation with its licencing reforms, which is a credit to the Victorian government’s recognition of just how important the transport industry is to the state economy.”

Key measures include:

  • $780 million to fund maintenance of the state’s road network, including $101 million for regional roads and key freight routes;
  • $383 million to operate new transport infrastructure delivered as part of the Big Build, including level crossing removals, rail extensions, train station upgrades and road and bridge upgrades;
  • $263 million to deliver Victoria’s 2021-2030 Road Safety Strategy and the first three-year Road Safety Action Plan;
  • $181 million to be invested in critical maintenance works on freight lines in regional Victoria to increase safety, reliability, and improve rail freight logistics as well as $3.5 million to continue the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme and $6.1 million in planning for the new Western Intermodal Freight Terminal at Truganina; and
  • $21.5 million to fund much-needed licencing reform

Peter Anderson says road and rail investments are vital for the health of the transport industry and welcomes measures to support a truly intermodal transport industry.

“The budget contains a raft of measures to improve infrastructure, with all operators set to benefit through productivity and efficiency gains made possible by investments in new roads and rail and stronger bridges,” Peter says.

“We commend the government for listening and acting on the needs of our industry.”

For more information on the Victorian Transport Association, click here.

 

 

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