Road safety needs action

Victoria’s road toll continues to climb and the best Labor Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll can do, is pull together a roundtable meeting. During the COVID-19 pandemic there are thousands less drivers on the road. And yet, we continue to see more people die, including three deaths on Friday. If Minister Carroll is serious about […]

2019 road toll up while cameras out of action under Andrews

Today’s report by the Road Safety Camera Commissioner into the failure of speed cameras shows that Daniel Andrews and Labor have dropped the ball on road safety. The Road Safety Camera Program – Downtime Review report, prepared by Road Safety Camera Commissioner, Stephen Leane, found that the fixed road safety cameras were offline for 18.5 per cent […]

Chaos and dysfunction in Daniel Andrews’ youth justice system

An 18-year-old offender who threw boiling water at the face of a youth justice worker, causing permanent disfiguration, will receive no additional time to his sentence for his vile crime. This is despite this same young offender having committed over 30 assaults on staff and other inmates while in youth justice. Pleas to have this violent offender […]

Daniel Andrews is hiding behind traffic instead of fronting on COVID response

Today’s announcement from the Andrews Labor Government that it intends to increase car towing in local shopping strips, is a poor attempt to divert attention from its disastrous COVID bungle. Instead of providing support to manage traffic congestion relating to immense queues for coronavirus testing, as Victoria recorded its fourth-highest day of new COVID infections, […]

Andrews Labor Government priorities: cancelling number plates and branch stacking

In yet another example of the Andrews Labor Government focusing on the wrong issues, personalised number plates are being cancelled for being ‘offensive to the broader community’. Portland resident Peter Hansen was contacted by VicRoads regarding his personalised plate ‘WEPN’, and was told that VicRoads has made “the decision that it is inappropriate for public display.” Peter […]

Barrier rollout another botched Labor project

Highlighting yet another failed Andrews Labor Government project, the Victorian Auditor-General has confirmed long-held fears that the rollout of wire rope barriers in Victoria is deeply flawed and the cost of the project will blowout by $100 million. In a scathing report released today, the Auditor-General found there was no business case for the program. […]

Snail-paced start to licence testing resumption

During Question Time in the Upper House today, the Andrews Labor Government finally revealed it will take around a year-and-a-half to clear the driver licence testing backlog. Labor’s Roads Minister, Jaala Pulford stated that the Andrews Labor Government is ‘hoping’ to have 700 tests done by the end of this week. With 55,000 cancelled practical drive tests […]

Daniel Andrews’ factional war puts Malmsbury staff at risk

In the third incident in two weeks, there has been another assault at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre. Yesterday, a teacher was assaulted by two teenage inmates for trying to stop young people listening to music in class. Despite damning reports of the state of the youth justice system under the Andrews Labor Government, including damage […]

Questions remain unanswered on licence testing resumption

Following calls from the Liberal Nationals for VicRoads to resume testing ASAP, today’s announcement from the Andrews Labor Government fails to provide any immediate relief to Victorians waiting patiently to get their licence. The Andrews Labor Government’s announcement that testing will resume with new staff and temporary testings centres to open is cold comfort for […]

Andrews Government failure leaves learner drivers short-changed – again

In yet another failure in a long list from the Andrews Labor Government, the MyLearners logbook app has crashed, leaving thousands of young Victorians in the lurch again. Since the start of the long weekend, when thousands of learner drivers use the time to get valuable practice, the app has been inaccessible. This has meant […]

Andrews Labor Government stalling on the resumption of license testing

Under questioning during Question Time in the Upper House this afternoon, the Andrews Labor Government was again unable to tell Victorians when VicRoads would resume license testing. Since suspending testing in March, VicRoads has failed to detail when practical license testing will resume or how they will deal with the backlog of cancelled tests. Despite repeated calls from the Liberal […]

Liberal Nationals call for driver licence action

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the Andrews Labor Government to open up driver licence testing and extend hours to clear the growing backlog. Thousands of Victorians, particularly young people applying for their licence, have been delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions and the backlog of applications continues to grow by the day.   The Liberal […]

Increase in licensing standards for heavy vehicle drivers needed

The Liberal Nationals support the transport industry’s push for an increase in the licensing standards for heavy vehicle drivers, following the weekend’s report in The Age. In 2018, an Austroads review of the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework revealed a number of inadequacies. The review identified that the standard of training and assessment is […]

Call to waive registration fees for grounded commercial vehicles

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the State Government to waive registration payments for commercial vehicles grounded because of COVID-19 restrictions.   Trucks, especially those used to cart bulk commodities and some school busses are sitting idle earning no income – but their registration fees still need to be paid.   Registration for a prime […]

Freeze the tolls

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the State Government and Transurban to cancel the increase in tolls set for April 1 to alleviate unnecessary cost burdens during the COVID-19 crisis. Many of the people using our roads are essential workers. They’re feeding us, they’re health workers, they’re delivering essential supplies, they shouldn’t be slugged with […]

Drivers must not be left in the lurch

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the State Government to prioritise those who have had their driving licence tests cancelled because of the COVID-19 crisis when testing recommences. VicRoads cancelled driving testing last week, with many young drivers finding out about the changes as they were lining up at a VicRoads office to begin their […]