THE Victorian Transport Association has welcomed new Victorian Roads and Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll’s announcement of a $340m package to keep Victorian roads moving, including stronger enforcement of clearway zones.

Under the plan announced, the Victorian government says it will blanket traffic hotspots with technology and resources to keep traffic moving and provide drivers with advice about traffic information, with 700 new CCTV cameras to identify bottlenecks and provide data that can help re-sequence traffic lights on important roads.

VTA CEO Peter Anderson said plans to enforce clearways with harsher penalties and designate arterial roads within 20 kilometres of Melbourne as tow-away zones was important validation of their own position.

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“Clearways are absolutely essential for a seamless and integrated road transport network that enables people and freight to move efficiently around our city and state,” Mr Anderson said.

VTA chief executive Peter Anderson. Credit: VTA

“Enforcing clearways through higher penalties and fines sends an important message to drivers that if they abuse or disregard clearways they can expect to pay a hefty price.”

Mr Anderson said Victorian motorists had responded positively to the abolishment of curfews by local government areas throughout the state during the coronavirus pandemic to help keep supply chains moving.

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