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VTA hails reform agenda at State Conference 2019

Following the successful VTA State Conference held earlier this week at Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island, Victorian Transport Association CEO Peter Anderson has reflected on the extent to which the transport industry is embracing reforms to make it safer, more prosperous and attractive to work in.

Close to 200 operators, suppliers, regulators, legislators and other stakeholders gathered at the conference for two days of intensive learning about the reforms that will impact the industry this year.

“In recognition of the many changes being considered by our governments, our regulators and the various transport authorities tasked with governing our industry, Keep Up With Transport Reform was unashamedly the theme of our conference,” said Anderson.

“Delegates benefited from updates from dignitaries such as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack, Victorian Roads, Road Safety and TAC Minister, the Hon Jaala Pulford, and Shadow Federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety, Senator Glenn Sterle, who outlined their safety, transport and infrastructure priorities, both in government and in opposition.”

National Transport Commission Chief Planning Officer, Paul Davies, provided a timely update on the NTC-led review of Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), and delegates also heard from National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO, Sal Petroccitto, about the regulator’s focus on ensuring the modern law is a factor in a safer and more productive industry.

Anderson said change was a regular theme throughout all the presentations.

“I was particularly struck by the consistent call to action by all the speakers for stakeholders to work constructively together for the good of our industry and, more importantly, the receptiveness of delegates to this important challenge,” said Anderson.

“The industry has certainly matured beyond an ‘us versus them’ mentality that was holding us back, and unnecessarily pitting stakeholders against each other, much to the detriment of all of us.”

Anderson said it was encouraging to note the openness of operators to accept the need for change and step up and take their rightful place as integral parts of the communities they serve.

“I sense a growing recognition from the industry of the need to embrace change for improvements to abound, and that building dialogue and understanding within the communities that we operate in is paramount to our industry coming out of the shadows and standing up as a proud member of society,” he said.

National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) CEO, Warren Clark, said he enjoyed the 2019 VTA State Conference.

“Having the opportunity to engage with key industry influencers, to discuss key issues impacting the road transport industry, is invaluable to me.

“Industry associations need to come together and take collaborative action to achieve sustainable transport outcomes.

“Following my discussion with VTA CEO Peter Anderson, we look forward to combining the strengths and areas of expertise of our associations as we work together to deliver positive outcomes for the road transport industry," he said. "The knowledge shared among members and stakeholders will help make progress on issues that are important to both NatRoad and VTA as well as the sector as a whole.”

(Image L-R: National Road Transport Association CEO, Warren Clark, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator CEO, Sal Petroccitto, and Victorian Transport Association CEO, Peter Anderson.)

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