VTA welcomes West Gate Tunnel use incentives
The Victorian government has announced that it will offer nancial incentives to freight operators who use the proposed West Gate Tunnel.
These incentives will include discounted shuttle rates, maximum daily toll cap for trucks making multiple trips through the tunnel, and night-time discounts.
The Victorian Transport Association ( VTA) says encouraging heavy vehicles to use the proposed tunnel will create productivity improvements for operators and amenity gains for residents of Melbourne’s inner west.
The news comes with state roads minister Luke Donnellan’s announcement of two additional truck bans that will come into play when the West Gate Tunnel opens in 2022.
“The transport industry has been hit with substantial increases to tolls and infrastructure costs at the Port of Melbourne this year, so it is encouraging that steps are being taken by the government to ensure heavy vehicle operators are not penalised for using toll roads,” VTA CEO Peter Anderson says.