Report Shows Nations Roads are Getting Busier

Release date: 30/09/2010

A new report by the Bureau of Infrastructure,Transport and Regional Economics, the Road freight estimates and forecasts in Australia: interstate, capital cities and rest of state shows that our nations roads are only going to get busier.

 “This report has found that the Interstate Freight Task will grow by 3.8 per cent a year, from 70.4 billion tkm to 159.1 by 2030,” Mr Sheldon said.

“Also growing at the same rate is the road toll. According to the NRMA, since 1989 there have been 3835 deaths in the road transport industry and over 300 people have been killed each year at the moment.

“This figure is rising at a rate much bigger than the freight task but it does not get the same attention from the big end of town. They just want bigger trucks.

“Every year we see a new report telling us this industry is growing at a rate that is greater than inflation.

“But while the costs associated with the industry are going up - the payments made by clients seem to be stagnant, with pressure building the further down the supply chain you go.

“We need to get to the root of this problem. This week, the NSW Government’s Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety’s Report on Heavy Vehicle Safety, has acknowledged that economic pressures affects heavy vehicle safety, saying: “the question of adequate remuneration does raise workforce and safety issues which are a direct concern.

“We need safe rates now. The road toll can’t be allowed to grow with the industry.”

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