Rural businesses are also fed up with the state of country roads in Victoria, with large stretches of arterial roads still rated as poor or distressed.
In the worst cases, that means tourists have been known to drive into a deep pothole and have a wheel ripped off their cars. But in the day-to-day, truck operators in the western agricultural, dairy and forestry industries are forced into expensive maintenance outlays when their trucks are still relatively new.
The Auditor-General’s report in 2017 backed these concerns, concluding that the increasing proportion of the state road network is a growing risk to public safety.
It found that not enough funding is allocated to sustain the road network, and included the DoT modelling, indicating that with the current funding levels, 50 per cent of the network would be in very poor condition within seven years.