KEEP ON TRUCKIN': With Scott Morrison back behind the wheel, the ATA has called for swift action on safety measures.
KEEP ON TRUCKIN': With Scott Morrison back behind the wheel, the ATA has called for swift action on safety measures.

Peak bodies congratulate Coalition on election win

THE Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has today congratulated Scott Morrison on leading the Coalition to an election victory and retaining government. 

ATA chair Geoff Crouch also took the opportunity to urge the Coalition to now turn its focus to taking action on improving road safety, with the ultimate aim of zero fatalities or serious injuries on our roads. 

He added that the ATA welcomes the Coalition's budget and election commitments to road safety which include: 

  • A $2.2 billion road safety plan that includes the establishment of a new office of road safety, as well as additional funding for the Black Spot program, rest area and local road upgrades, research and development, and bridge upgrades.
  • $400,000 for the redesign of the Volvo ATA Safety Truck
  • The development of a nationally consistent approach to new and improved pullover bays, and
  • Increased funding to improve the Driver Reviver program. 

"More truck rest areas and improved facilities are urgently needed on Australia's roads. The ATA also urges the Government to extend the role of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to help everyone better understand why truck crashes occur and what can be done to prevent them,” said Mr Crouch. 

"In addition, advanced safety technologies such as autonomous emergency braking must be mandated for new trucks as soon as possible.”

The ATA is also calling for action on the reviews into the Heavy Vehicle National Law, national transport regulatory reform and heavy vehicle accreditation. 

"We need to see substantial law reform, not just tweaking or promises of future action. We must also ensure the vital safety reforms that came into force in 2018 are preserved,” said Mr Crouch. 

"These reforms must extend to heavy vehicle accreditation. 

"The ATA is advocating for operators accredited under our risk management scheme, TruckSafe, to receive the same regulatory benefits as operators accredited under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme, in accordance with the competitive neutrality policies agreed by the Australian and state governments. 

"We also urge the Government to support hardworking small trucking business owners by introducing mandatory 30-day payment terms. This would support the owner-drivers and small fleet operators that keep our country moving.”

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) also released a congratulatory statement, adding it was pleased to see a majority government which would help add certainty that business and investors need.

"ALC looks forward to working with the re-elected Morrison Government and all members of the 46th Parliament to deal with the issues ALC members have identified as industry priorities,” said ALC CEO Kirk Coningham.

"The immediate priority is to finalise the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, so that Australia can start to realise the very real benefits that will flow to our economy and to local communities as a result of having greater efficiency and safety in our supply chains.

"Given that both major parties spoke about the virtues of taking a long-term approach to infrastructure planning and investment during the campaign, ALC would hope this bipartisan view can become a policy reality in the course of this next term of government.”

"We also look forward to working with the government on the establishment of the National Freight Data Hub, as funded in last month's Federal Budget, so that our industry can start to take advantage of the productivity, investment and safety benefits that will flow from having access to better quality data about freight movement.”

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) chair Duncan Gay said he looked forward to continuing the strong cooperation between the NHVR and the Federal Government.

"The NHVR had a constructive working relationship with the Federal Government over the past term,” Mr Gay said.

"The NHVR looks forward to continuing to administer the Federal Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, and local government asset assessment programs.

"I would particularly like to acknowledge the on-going close co-operation with the Government's staff and the Department and their support for ongoing heavy vehicle reform.”

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