AUSTRALIANS should spare a thought for tens of thousands of freight transport workers who will give up holidays and Christmas Day with families and friends to keep the country moving, Victorian Transport Association CEO Peter Anderson says.

“While millions of Australians exchange gifts and sit down to Christmas lunch, tens of thousands of transport workers will be hard at work in depots and distribution centres, and on the road making deliveries, to keep the supermarket shelves stocked and the petrol bowsers pumping,” said VTA CEO Peter Anderson.

“This enables us to continue to enjoy the high standards of living we have all grown accustomed to, but it’s only possible because transport operators and their workers are prepared to work through the holidays making the deliveries we need.”

Mr Anderson especially called for greater vigilance from Australians on the road at a time when traffic congestion is greater than ever.

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“Holidays are a high-risk time on Australian roads as more people are heading away to visit family or friends. Statistics demonstrate that the risk of an accident occurring increases for individuals who travel longer distances, travel on unfamiliar roads, are tired or who speed,” he said.

Mr Anderson thanked the Association’s members for supporting the VTA and industry this year.

“We wish everyone a happy Christmas and New Year,” he said. “I look forward to seeing what 2020 holds for our industry.”

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