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VTA calls for industry improvement at State Conference

Opening State Conference 2024, Victorian Transport Association (VTA) CEO, Peter Anderson, addressed attendees on the way the transport industry can be better at what it does.

In his opening speech at State Conference 2024 this morning, Anderson said that when running a transport company, despite the day-to-day issues faced, it’s the future owners are thinking about.

As a result, he said demand isn’t diminishing but growing, and the industry needs to get better at what it does by lowering costs and making sure that its businesses are running smoothly, efficiently and profitably.

“We know every part of our industry has been deeply affected by the challenges of rising operating costs, driven by higher inflation, interest rates, higher fuel costs, tolls, infrastructure charges and other pressure points in domestic and overseas supply chain,” Anderson said.

“But at the same time, technology, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity are playing a larger role in our industry.

“Our industry isn’t exempt from such disruptions and our Future Freight Landscapes theme provides the context within which to examine and discuss these critical business and social issues, and the implications we have for the road transport industry.”

As with the style of every VTA Conference, Anderson said this year’s event will be drawing on the expertise of others on specific topics that will improve the knowledge and understanding for every operator, and will enable better decisions to be made in each business.

“We have brought together some subject matter experts that will deliver the facts and the information that may not have been available in other forms,” he said.

“We are focused on key areas – industrial relations, people and skills, technology, safety, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and productivity.

“We’ve tried this year to deliver a program that will enable each member to take away additional information, greater understanding and more confidence in building their businesses for the future.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring so many people within our industry together, and we thank you very much for your time in coming along today and tomorrow.”

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