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VTA supports heavy vehicle driver training

A commitment of $4 million over four years to fund the training and instruction of 800 new heavy vehicle drivers has been welcomed by Victorian Transport Association (VTA).

The Victorian Government has fulfilled a pledge it made prior to last year's state election by allocating funds to the Association as it continues to provide competent and skilled commercial vehicle driver training at a time when industry faces critical driver shortages.

The driver training funding commitment was just one of many measures contained in the 2019-2020 Victorian Budget delivered by Treasurer Tim Pallas that the VTA said will benefit freight and logistics operators.

Other measures include further investments in road and rail infrastructure across the state, reduced payroll tax for business and land transfer duties for regional commercial and industrial properties, and other initiatives that will help to attract strategic investment in Victoria to create jobs and growth across the Victorian economy.

The Suburban Transport Blitz unveiled in the Budget provides record road and rail funding that will help to slash congestion.

The $27.4 billion program will include $15.8 billion to fully fund and build North East Link and $608 million for upgrades and improvements to local roads.

For the fourth year running, the Victorian Government has promised payroll tax cuts for regional businesses that will keep it the lowest in the nation outside of infrastructure.

The VTA said the strategy would help make regional Victoria more attractive for doing business.

“Through this budget the Government has delivered on its promises and the VTA and transport industry look forward to working with the Premier and his team to help deliver the projects we need to keep our state the most attractive place in Australia to live and do business in,” said Anderson.

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