Election promises by Prime Minister Scott Morrison for fast rail services to Geelong are a good start to the bold transport infrastructure planning needed in Victoria according to Transport Matters Party leader and Eastern Metro MP Rod Barton.
I rise today in support of the Transport Legislation Amendment (Better Roads Victoria and Other Amendments) Bill 2018 and its allocation of funding to regional and outer suburban communities.
This amendment is about making our toll roads fairer for families. Modern utes are the new Commodore and Falcon station wagons. They are vehicles Victorian families drive and love; charging them a commercial rate just is not fair.
We have an opportunity here today to amend our tolling and make some impact on congestion and on the number of vehicles using all our roads. Vehicles that make up our public transport system should not be tolled. We must exclude taxis, VH-registered cars and buses from the tolls on the West Gate Tunnel.
It is certainly our view that this is a stepping stone moving towards Transurban charging for trailers, caravans and boats, and if they do want to move in that direction, they should be transparent and say so.
I ask the minister: will she make it compulsory for commercial passenger vehicle (CPV) licence holders to present a current roadworthy certificate and a certificate of commercial passenger vehicle insurance when registering for or renewing their commercial passenger vehicle licence?