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National Road Freight Industry Inquiry

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Shadow M inister for Transport

' . 14 February 1983


A Labor Government will establish an Inquiry into the Road Freight Transport Industry. It will be conducted in consultation and co-operation with the States and Northern Territory Governments and road transport organisations.

The SA, NSW and Victorian Governments have already promised their support for the inquiry. ·

The inquiry will embrace such matters as:

* the economy and efficiency of the industry; ’ * the impact of regulation on the' industry; * the involvement of heavy road vehicles in road crashes ; * the effect of existing'truck financing practices;

* the effect of competition from rail on the industry; * the need for a national research programme relating to the road freight sector.

A national inquiry is imperative as it- is impossible for individual States to gather the breadth of information required to develop a rational solution to the difficult conditions that exist in road transport.

The inquiry will seek to improve the quality of information on national road freight transport. At present individual States are unable to gather comprehensive information on all aspects of an industry which accounts for 761 of freight tonnage in Australia of which over half if carried by small operators and subcontractors.

Discussions will be initiated with State and Territory governments for the establishment of an Australia-wide uniform system for rapid exchange of data on stolen vehicles to minimize vehicle thefts.


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