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COVID Compliance Fallout Ruins Road Transport: VTA

A study conducted by the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) reveals awkward compliance measures, and mandatory vaccines for freight workers are causing havoc for road transport operators.

In a statement, the VTA sought to better understand how regulatory adjustments help the industry and overcome the pressures of large supply chains from Christmas onwards. He said he was trying.

To address the challenges of the pandemic, the study conducted more than 75 small and medium-sized and large-scale operators carrying cargo ranging from chemicals and fuels to construction products, agricultural products, food, groceries and general merchandise. Reported to be completed by.

According to VTA, the findings reaffirmed the existing problem of driver shortages and industry concerns that COVID restrictions are helping to exacerbate the government system that limits the industry’s ability to attract young people.

Among the main findings:

• 84% of operators say that COVID restrictions have had a negative impact on their businesses.

• 62% of operators lost an average of 4% of drivers due to compulsory vaccination, and one operator surveyed lost half of their drivers.

• 95% of operators are experiencing a driver shortage, with nearly 1,800 vacancies in responding companies alone.

• 90% of operators said they support regulatory changes that would allow 18-year-old children to be trained to obtain a heavy-duty vehicle license.

VTA CEO Peter Anderson said the survey reflects the concerns the association has raised for months and the supply chain is fragile unless action is taken to help the industry attract new drivers. He said it would continue to put upward pressure on consumer costs.

“When 95% of businesses say they can’t find enough drivers, it confirms that they need to work with the industry to do more by the government to recruit people.” Anderson said.

“Victoria’s heavy-duty vehicle licensing system is broken and requires urgent action to attract young people to a rapidly aging profession.”

Anderson claimed that nine out of ten operators said they would support a license system for professionally training 18-year-old graduates to drive heavy vehicles.

“The government must act on this information, or else the shortage will worsen as older drivers retire, and inevitably consumer prices will rise,” he said.

Anderson emphasized that losing an average of 4% of drivers is the last thing operators need in the midst of a labor shortage crisis.

“The fact that some professions have been expelled by the mandatory vaccines underscores the industry’s urgent need for licensing reforms to attract young new people to cargo and logistics,” he said. ..

“If you can fly an airplane at the age of 16 and fight in an overseas army at the age of 18, there is no reason why an 18-year-old kid couldn’t be trusted by holding the handle of a large vehicle after extensive training and guidance. . “

Paul Freestone, Freestone’s Transport Managing Director, said labor shortages were the worst he’s seen in 50 years of transport.

“Fuel and workforce are the biggest costs for operators, and if we don’t increase the pool of drivers, the costs will increase tremendously,” Freestone said.

“The biggest obstacle to hiring new drivers is the outdated licensing system that prevents the industry from training young and talented people for a professional driver career.”

Freestone hopes to be able to hire qualified young people to pursue a lifelong career in the transportation industry, but emphasized that the current licensing system does not provide for this.

The survey also asked respondents about their environmental policies when national conversations about emission reductions were enthusiastic.

Approximately three-quarters of businesses allegedly have environmental policies in their businesses, and 82% say they support regulatory changes to encourage low-emission heavy-duty vehicles.

“The easiest way to reduce heavy vehicle emissions is to encourage operators to replace their vehicles with vehicles with lower emissions Euro 5 and 6 engines,” Anderson said.

Respondents were also investigated on the three biggest issues that they expect to face next year, with labor availability (96%), cost and tariff management (62%), and fuel prices (50%) being the most pressing. It was suggested that this was a concern. Cargo operator.

COVID Compliance Fallout Ruins Road Transport: VTA COVID Compliance Fallout Ruins Road Transport: VTA

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