Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has named the date and now the jockeying for votes for the upcoming election is on in earnest.
Quick out of the blocks following the announcement of the election was the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) with Association CEO, Christopher Melham, naming the three big election issues for the trucking industry.
ATA 2016 Federal Election Key Truck Industry Issues:
- Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal
- Practical measures to improve road safety
- Supporting stronger trucking businesses
Mr Melham saying the road safety issue will be a particular focus.
“As an industry, we’ve made great strides in improving road safety. Between 1982 and 2014, the rate of fatal articulated truck crashes fell by more than 75%, despite enormous growth in the number of trucks on our roads.
“But even one accident is too many, and the ATA wants to see more practical measures to improve safety.”
While the ATA CEO also wants to see more support for trucking businesses.
“The trucking industry mainly consists of small businesses; they operate on tight margins. We want to see policies coming forward that will support these businesses in our industry,”
“The ATA will circulate a questionnaire to political parties and candidates in the coming days. Later in the campaign, we will issue state-by-state report cards about how the parties and candidates compare.
“As an industry association, it’s not our role to endorse political parties or candidates. What we can and should do, however, is to provide people in the industry with information about where the parties and candidates stand.”