In response to the COVID-19 ‘road map’ announced by Daniel Andrews on 6 September, the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has called for the Victorian Government to extend truck curfew exemptions and provide extra financial support to businesses “that have had longer restrictions forced upon them through no fault of their own”.
“The extension of restrictions on retail, hospitality and many other sectors of the economy will be extremely difficult for these businesses to bear,” VTA CEO Peter Anderson said.
“All these businesses are consumers of freight, logistics and transport, and many are customers of our members.
“To help them through this difficult time, it is essential we support them as best we can by providing them with the reliable and efficient transport services they will continue to need to best service their customers.
“In advising the government on re-opening the economy, the VTA has recommended curfew exemptions on heavy vehicles be extended beyond September 21, when the temporary change to the Road Safety Act is due to expire.
“We will continue to advocate for this extension so that our industry can service its customers and consumers as we progress through the steps towards the economy re-opening.
“We will also advocate for the Victorian Government to provide additional financial support and relief to businesses that have had longer restrictions forced upon them through no fault of their own, to give them – and our broader Victorian economy – the best possible chance of recovering when we reach a new Covid Normal.”