ATA calls on independents to consider trucking


With decision day fast approaching for the three country independent MPs to help form a federal government, the ATA has called on them to keep the industry in mind during their considerations

By Rob McKay | September 6, 2010

With decision day fast approaching for the three country independent MPs to help form a federal government, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has called on them to keep the industry in mind during their considerations.

The ATA wrote to Bob Katter, whose decision appears to be first cab off the rank, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor last week, reminding them of the crucial role the industry plays in the economy.

"The trucking industry carries three-quarters of Australia’s domestic freight, including every item on the shelves of every supermarket. The industry employs more than 246,000 people across the country," ATA Government Relations Manager Bill McKinley says in the letter.

"As you decide whether to support the Labor Party or the Coalition, I ask you to bear in mind the future of the trucking industry and its importance for regional Australia.

"For your consideration, I have attached the Australian Trucking Association’s 2010 election brief. The brief sets out the industry’s key priorities for the incoming government, which include continued funding for roads and more funding for truck rest areas.

"The Australian Government’s existing funding program for truck rest areas – the $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program – will end in 2011-12, but rest areas are essential for safety.

"The industry’s drivers need to be able to get off the road and have a break."

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