The transport industry was awash with speculation about jurisdictions mandating Covid vaccinations for interstate truck drivers, with Queensland and New South Wales setting notional deadlines for freight workers to get a first jab as condition of entry.
The Victorian Transport Association has welcomed a raft of new and improved transport infrastructure in a report presented to the Victorian Parliament by the state’s infrastructure advisory body, Infrastructure Victoria.
It’s been a great privilege to use these pages in recent weeks to amplify a campaign by some of the nation’s leading trucking and transport associations to get the Commonwealth government to designate freight workers as essential service providers.
As states and territories grapple with how to handle the worsening Delta outbreak in NSW, testing requirements for essential linehaul heavy vehicle drivers has come into focus, with discrepancies between jurisdictions a source of much confusion.
I am thrilled to announce the Victorian Transport Association is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Australian Freight Industry Awards, which are proudly sponsored by TWUSUPER and Viva Energy Australia.
The intersection of Power Street and City Road in Melbourne’s inner-city Southbank precinct has been the focus of significant public and media attention in recent weeks, following an incident involving a heavy vehicle.
As CEO of the Victorian Transport Association I am often asked in public forums: “How do we get trucks off our roads?” We also often see the public messaging stating that the new ‘tunnel’ will get thousands of trucks off our roads.
Last month was a tale of two budgets, with the Federal and Victorian state budgets released within days of each other. Yet, despite their proximity on the calendar, they were about as similar as chalk and cheese.
No doubt you are as disappointed as I am with the news that the lockdown in Victoria is to be extended by a further seven days until Thursday June 10, albeit with changes that will ease some of the restrictions in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
After a year punctuated by a pandemic, natural disasters, trade disputes, and a narrowly avoided long-term recession, the recently released Federal Budget contains investment measures that are necessary to sustain and boost confidence in the transport industry.