The Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, has hit the road in Melbourne as he continues to engage with the transport industry following this year’s election.
He was recently in Melbourne for the Transport Infrastructure Council meeting of commonwealth, state and territory transport ministers.
He visited the Iveco manufacturing plant at Dandenong and then took the new Mercedes-Benz Actros for a test drive through the streets of Laverton during a tour of the Daimler Trucks depot.
Buchholz spent over two decades working in the transport industry prior to entering parliament and retains a heavy vehicle driver’s licence.
“It was a great opportunity to get back behind the wheel and test drive one of the most modern trucks available in Australia,” said Buchholz.
“The technological advancements, particularly in safety, have been staggering since my involvement in the industry just a few years ago," he said.
Buchholz described Mercedes-Benz’s ‘Mirror Cam’ – which replaces the external rear vision mirrors with cameras that provide respective rear views on screens mounted internally on the A-pillars – as a major safety advancement that can be a game-changer in helping drivers by minimising blind spots around heavy vehicles.
He also said the tour of the Iveco plant provided some important insights into the industry.
“Iveco has a long and proud history in Australia based at Dandenong and it was good to see the company taking important investment steps to continue its presence,” said Buchholz.
“It’s important that we hear directly from industry representatives before events such as the recent Transport Infrastructure Council meeting so that their issues and concerns are taken into account in any policy decisions.
“While in Victoria, I was also able to visit the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) at Port Melbourne which is a significant contributor to research in this important area.
“I look forward to my ongoing discussions with the industry and National Transport Commission (NTC) around the complexities of the Road User Charge.”