The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) says it has congratulated Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese and his incoming government on its victory, calling on it to offer the transport industry genuine reform.
“There is a tremendous opportunity to attain positive structural reform in our industry under this incoming Labor Government, especially in consideration of its commitment to act on Senate recommendations for an independent body to set universal, binding standards to make the transport industry safer, fairer, and more viable,” Peter Anderson, VTA CEO, says.
The VTA notes it provided numerous recommendations to the Sterle Report. It says it looks forward to cooperating with the new Labor government and other stakeholders so the genuine reform it has been working towards can be enacted.
“If we all work together and contribute constructively to the formation of an independent body, we will all benefit from the protection of universal standards,” Peter adds.
“With the emergence of the gig economy and the Amazons of the world, now is the time to act to prevent a further erosion of standards.”
The VTA also says the government should heeds its and the broader transport industry’s calls to correct the imbalance created when the Morrison government halved the fuel excise in its recent Federal Budget. This is because the industry cannot claim Fuel Tax Credit.
“Operators only received a fuel saving of 4.3 cents per litre,” Peter says.
“After wages, fuel is the second biggest direct expense for transport companies, accounting for around a third of costs,” he adds.
“And with freight margins already wafter-thin and operators facing higher labour costs because of driver shortages, the paltry saving cannot be passed on.”
The VTA says Peter thanks Scott Buchholz, outgoing Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport for his constructive efforts to bring about positive change to the industry over the past three years.
“Scott was always willing to listen to the concerns of the VTA and the broader industry, and we wish him well going forward.”
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