“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.
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’