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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
Recommendation 5: ALC should reinforce to the Commonwealth and IA the importance of a vibrant coastal shipping sector and the implications of impediments to its improved performance. • IA needs to ensure that the emerging National Freight Strategy supports a positive and growing role for coastal shipping, and that specific actions to achieve this are recommended. Recommendation 6: ALC should support a role for IA in facilitating difficult national reforms. Two of the most difficult areas are service provision and efficient pricing. To date, the focus on pricing has been on heavy vehicle charges; however, heavy vehicles are generally a relatively small component of total traffic on most key routes. Measures to improve urban congestion to deliver better travel times, reliability and infrastructure productivity, depend on addressing light vehicles (especially cars), as well as heavy vehicles. Further, there are broader issues of access to infrastructure, pricing and service delivery across modes and users. Otherwise, reform of heavy vehicle pricing is akin to creating 'islands of rationality in a sea of irrationality'. • Governments in cooperation with industry need to ensure that reforms lead to gains in the delivery of services surrounding infrastructure access and use, including efficient pricing. • IA should take the lead in seeking national agreement to developing a series of real-time road pricing trials covering light and heavy vehicles. This should commence with a national approach to undertaking desktop modelling of a series of road pricing scenarios in each of the congested capital cities. Recommendation 7: Building on the lessons of the last three years, ALC should now review, consolidate its concerns, and identify where there is likely to be the greatest payoff in terms of enhancing freight/ logistics efficiency, reliability and competitiveness into the future. Such analysis should also consider the costs associated with delays in the implementation of actions to address key blockages. This is likely to be a mix of infrastructure projects and policy, planning, institutional, funding, regulatory, pricing and management reforms. It should then ask how it can best pursue these reforms in an integrated approach. • ALC should work closely with all levels of government, particularly at the state/territory level, to identify and develop proposals for action to improve transport efficiency. While progress has been achieved, this does not suggest that all blockages have been eliminated to provide a fully integrated and efficient transport system. Further action will be required by all levels of government, with the cooperation of industry, to realise such an outcome over time. 72 ALC INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT