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VTA review tackles truck driver shortage

VTA releases exam in bid to raise standard of Victoria’s heavy-duty driving workforce

VTA’s Lifting the Standard Review

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has announced the publication of its Raising the standard examination of the training and employment paths of heavy vehicle drivers. The VTA says the review outlines the problems with the current approach and proposes an improved system that would benefit all road users and the economy.

“The trucking industry has struggled for many decades to attract and retain the heavy-duty drivers of tomorrow, and this will only continue without reform to vehicle registration and training. heavy”, declares the association.

“We simply cannot afford to continue with the current system until we reach breaking point.

“This review, including all of our recommendations, will be sent to government and other key stakeholders to spark discussions and help bring about much-needed change.”

In the review, the VTA states that “with the growing demand for products from around the world, the freight and logistics sector has never been more important. It is one of the main drivers of the economy nationwide, as the demand for road transport and rail freight continues to grow.”

He adds that “the trucking industry is failing to attract qualified and professional drivers to meet the demand for trucking freight services. It is also lagging far behind when it comes to retaining its top talent.”

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The VTA raises concerns about driver training: “Heavy-duty drivers who are new to the industry are allowed to drive on our roads with minimal time behind the wheel and with experience and limited understanding of the vehicles they drive,” the report said.

“Without a standardized heavy-duty vehicle registration program that mandates ‘behind the wheel’ training time, the delivery of quality training by reputable providers is grossly insufficient.”

The VTA says it has developed a proposed framework that would provide a safe and professional driver workforce that meets the expectations of transport operators and the wider community.

“The proposed overhaul of licensing and training within the trucking industry would lead to significantly improved outcomes for an industry that struggles to attract and retain the right people.”

The review can be read online here.

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