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The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has rolled out a recommendations guide to its members on coping with the recent CityLink toll hikes.
The VTA’s Toll Levy Recommendations Guide provides a plan of action for recouping the increase in heavy vehicle tolls, including transport companies informing customers of the costs and applying it to invoices, re-routing vehicles away from CityLink and paying close attention to Transurban invoices, and disputing inconsistencies with costs if required.
According to VTA Chief Executive, Peter Anderson, the Toll Levy Recommendations would be an invaluable tool for an industry already under intense financial pressure.
“The VTA recommends every Victorian transport operator apply a Toll Levy on every invoice to its customers,” he said. “This is an unprecedented increase that discriminates against the freight industry.”
Anderson, who has described the toll hikes as "discriminatory" towards heavy vehicle operators, said many owner-drivers were being affected and not just large transport and logistics companies.
“It is important to note that not all journeys start and finish within Metropolitan Melbourne and therefore the recommended increase should be adjusted accordingly to reflect the value of only part of the journey,” he stated.
However, Anderson said the justification and reasoning behind any such Levy will remain as indicated in the VTA Recommendations. “This information will vary from company to company and may be used in part to assist with the recuperation of costs.”
The VTA added that it would continue working closely with Transurban and the Victorian Government to avoid further toll increases on the Western Distributor.