The Australian Trucking Association, in its submission to the national truck law review on heavy vehicle access has called for governments to commit to a national reform program that would bring more productive heavy vehicle road access, highlighting the benefits this would have on the economy.
The ATA said improved heavy vehicle access would bring down costs for Australian consumers and boost jobs, thereby benefiting the economy.
Geoff Crouch, ATA chair said that while the HVNL was predicted to deliver as much as $12.4billion in economic benefits, based on the assumption that it would promote better access, we have actually seen a drop in productivity in the industry since its inception, thats according to stats from Deloitte Access Economics.
Mr Crouch highlighted that Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 audit found that the use of high productivity freight vehicles has been limited and continued restricted use of HPFVs (high productivity freight vehicles) has resulted in high freight costs for businesses and consumers.
Crouch urged governments to commit to a reform program addressing all truck access issues in order to acheive economic gains from more productive heavy vehicle access.