INDUSTRY body the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has released Freight Doesn’t Vote, a final submission to the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.
The submission makes 41 recommendations relating to transport modes operating in Australian freight logistics.
“ALC has long advocated for a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. We are proud to release a comprehensive submission that clearly reflects industry’s priorities and offers practical suggestions for policy reform,” said managing director Michael Kilgariff.
“The content of Freight Doesn’t Vote has been informed by an extensive process of industry engagement – including ALC Forum 2017 in March, dialogue with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and extensive consultations with members and the broader industry.”
Mr Kilgariff said the submission called on the Commonwealth to play a greater role in protecting against urban encroachment and preserving critical freight transport corridors.
“It recommends reviewing a number of regulatory practices that inhibit the efficient movement of freight, such as curfews and bans on freight vehicles,” he said.
“It also identifies opportunities for the Federal Government to incentivise good planning practices and encourage the take-up of new technologies that can deliver better outcomes.”
He said the reality was Australia’s economy was being transformed by population growth, technology and by the changing behaviour of ever-more discerning and empowered consumers.
“Moreover, given the importance of exports to Australia’s continuing economic performance and employment growth, becoming a world leader in supply chain efficiency and safety is not merely desirable, but essential,” he said.