Dalla Valle condemns Australia’s ‘truck explosion’

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 15 Mar 2019 10:25
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
“Countless studies and reports – many commissioned by government agencies – have highlighted the growing negative impact of allowing too many trucks on roads.

More trucks means increased severity of road accidents, heightened pressure on already overstretched maintenance budgets and a rise in vehicle emissions.”

A 2017 report from Deloitte found road freight produces 14 times the accident costs, and 16 times as much carbon pollution, compared to rail freight, on a per tonne kilometre basis.
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So why are Vicroads consistently providing approvals for larger and larger trucks to use Victorian roads and why are we building westgate tunnel when rail would have been the better option.

In my view Victoria and specifically the current government has done everything possible to prevent the growth of rail freight on the network.

Let's also add the recent decision by the SA Government to ALLOW Viterra to run trucks and abandon rail for road.  

The situation is dire.  Road subsidies need to go.

Dalla Valle condemns Australia’s ‘truck explosion’

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  SinickleBird Train Controller

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
Same situation applies in NSW. The M5 motorway is jammed with trucks carrying boxes from Port Botany to SW Sydney and beyond.

Qube is developing a logistics base at Moorebank, PN is proposing one at St Marys. Both to be serviced by rail.

Before either of these gets finished, the road solution (double the M5 East tunnels) will be operational, reinforcing trucks as the way to go. And the forwarders will again have no incentive to use rail.

The toll for a truck (3 times the toll for a car) is a p_ss in the ocean cost item compared with total freight cost, or the value of the goods being transported.
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Kind of funny coming from PN's CEO though, After all they killed off A LOT of Rail freight in Victoria and Refuse to sell rolling stock to other operators which doesn't improve anything. They're just crying after there own mistakes.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Kind of funny coming from PN's CEO though, After all they killed off A LOT of Rail freight in Victoria and Refuse to sell rolling stock to other operators which doesn't improve anything. They're just crying after there own mistakes.
Dangersdan707

Good call, I also had thought about that perhaps you reap what you sow?
  Richard stroker Station Master

I agree with danger dan , didn't PN kill of cement rail traffic by increasing fees , stopping rail frieght to Horsham ? Wikipedia has a good history of PN's history , under the heading "controversy ".

Maybe PN have realised they helped stop rail traffic in Victoria and now want it back.


A bit of goodwill shown by PN to previous rail customers and to other operators by selling rather than scrapping locos might help persuade customers there is a future in competitive rail rather than their previous "bend over and take it "attitude .
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I agree with danger dan , didn't PN kill of cement rail traffic by increasing fees , stopping rail frieght to Horsham ? Wikipedia has a good history of PN's history , under the heading "controversy ".

Maybe PN have realised they helped stop rail traffic in Victoria and now want it back.
Richard stroker
Agreed but there could be other explanations. Dalla Valla was only appointed in 2017 so he has not overseen much of the traffic loss. Maybe he is wanting to stem the flow although we have not seen a lot of evidence to support that yet.

Is it also possible that PN are seeing the writing on the wall for coal and trying to harness the same climate change momentum that may lead to a decline in coal traffic to push the fact that Rail is a much greener solution for freight?

The big 3 in terms of Renew Economy's GW hitlist are energy, manufacturing and transport.

BG
  Richard stroker Station Master

Well put BG , are you if the belief PN have realised they have to diversify and compromise on the rail traffic they are after ?

I know it's been stated on here many times , business is business and a company has to make money.
I was wondering if it is the profit margins or percentages that make the difference , an example being small business will accept less of a profit margin to stay in business , but if most customers get priced out of rail , what long term solutions do the customers have apart from road .

Dalla Valle may be newish to PN but have previous customers of PN been to burnt to much to want to return to rail?

I think the government should offer rebates- incentives for customers to return to rail for a couple of years to try a return to rail frieght policy and if the rail industry can't take up the opportunity it is to there own demise

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