The Victorian Government is investing $3.6 million to extend the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme until 30 June 2022, intent on moving more freight on rail and reduce heavy vehicle emissions. Under the scheme, four freight operators will receive incentives to move up to a combined 42,508 containers by rail. This would take the equivalent of 28,000 trucks off country roads every year, reducing truck congestion on suburban roads around the Port of Melbourne.
The Mode Shift Incentive Scheme delivers almost $5 million in benefits to Victoria every year through reduced road maintenance, crashes, congestion and emissions. Freight operators receiving the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme play a crucial role in moving Victorian produce from the farm gate to Australian ports including meat, dairy, grain, hay, fresh fruit, oats, peas, wine and cheese. This would support more than 170 vital jobs across regional Victoria.
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