2018 Victorian State Election – truck policy overview

November 15, 2018 2 Comments

Victorian State Election – where do parties stand on the truck issue?

With a state election around the corner, it’s time to find out just what the major parties are saying about the truck issue in the inner west.

It’s inevitable that port trucks in Melbourne’s inner west will move away from residential streets.  Everyone – the Labor party, Liberal party, the Greens, VicRoads, the EPA, Maribyrnong City Council, the Port of Melbourne and the Victorian Transport Association – agrees that solutions must be implemented.

MTAG has surveyed the major parties to identify what their commitment and policies are to address the truck issues. We have also asked them to provide a statement on their policies.

Please click on the logos below for information on each of the major party’s policies in regards to this issue with an analysis from MTAG.

MTAG truck policy score card:

InitiativeThe GreensLabor PartyLiberal Party
Supports filtration in the West Gate Tunnel to mitigate pollution

UNSURE

NO

NO RESPONSE
Supports the proposed legislated 24/7 truck bans on Francis St, Somerville Rd, Buckley St and Moore St.

YES

YES

NO RESPONSE
Supports including Williamstown Rd in the legislated 24/7 truck bans.

YES

NO

NO RESPONSE
Supports the Maribyrnong Cleaner Freight Initiative as proposed by MTAG and the VTA

YES

UNSURE

NO RESPONSE
Has a plan in the next term of government to move more freight onto rail

YES

YES

NO RESPONSE
Has a plan for land management including the relocation of container yards to the former Footscray Rd Market site.

YES

YES

NO RESPONSE
Has a policy to restrict access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles to freeways only and not allow last mile access on residential streets.

UNSURE

UNSURE

NO RESPONSE

2 responses to "2018 Victorian State Election - truck policy overview"

  • Trace Ollis says: (Edit)

    It is unconscionable that Labor will not support a ban on trucks on Williamstown Rd, which is a 2 lane residential street. The street currently has 100's of trucks roaring past houses in the middle of the night, which is absolutely disgraceful. The west has long been the dumping ground of toxic waste and unsatisfactory port and truck policies. The latest tunnel project exemplifies the lack of community and parliamentary consultation that has taken place. I for one will not be voting for the Labor government because of this policy and encourage everyone else to vote for the greens instead. It's only when this seat gets 'marginal' will we ever get port, road and truck policies that are thoughtful, strategic and visionary.

  • Jennie Bremner says: (Edit)

    I too will be voting for the Greens in this election. I agree that it will only be when Labor fears losing western suburbs seats that it will feel under pressure to see the truck problem through the eyes of residents. It will take a grass roots campaign around this issue to shift votes. Residents are up against a powerful vested interest in the trucking industry and it has the Government's ear. It's too late now for this election but there needs to be public agitation around the Maribyrnong Cleaner Freight Initiative which could give relief to thousands of people long before 2022. It is outrageous that the Government is sitting on this when the agreement was reached last May. Similarly it will only be an activist campaign which will change the Government's mind about Williamstown Rd, enforcing all promised truck bans by the use of sophisticated monitoring technology and committing to additional bans on HPFV vehicles on residential streets.