Crouch’s main­te­nance and emis­sions mes­sage

ATA vice chair sees in­cen­tive needed to keep rms up to speed

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LEG­ISLA­TIVE CHANGE TO THE FUEL TAXACT

to en­cour­age reg­u­lar main­te­nance of trucks is key to en­sur­ing ve­hi­cles con­tinue to meet emis­sions stan­dards, re­gard­less of their age.

This was the mes­sage de­liv­ered by Ge­off Crouch, MD of Ron Crouch Trans­port and vice chair of the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA), dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion at a Mercedes-Benz Dealer Con­fer­ence this week, the ATA re­ports.

“Trucks need reg­u­lar main­te­nance in or­der to meet emis­sion stan­dards and amend­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity for fuel tax cred­its would pro­vide a pow­er­ful in­cen­tive for reg­u­lar main­te­nance,” Crouch says. “Con­tained within the Fuel Tax

Act are a set of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions that for truck­ing op­er­a­tors must meet to qual­ify for fuel tax cred­its.

“A truck has to be man­u­fac­tured on or af­ter Jan­uary 1, 1996, or meet one of three main­te­nance or test­ing cri­te­ria.”

When the Fuel Tax Act was first in­tro­duced, 61 per cent of the truck fleet was man­u­fac­tured be­fore 1996 and had to meet a main­te­nance or test­ing cri­te­ria in or­der to claim fuel tax cred­its.

This year, this has fallen to just 33 per cent of the fleet.

“The ATA sup­ports the re­moval of the 1996 cri­te­ria, which would see the en­tire ex­ist­ing truck fleet need­ing to meet a main­te­nance or test­ing cri­te­ria in or­der to qual­ify for fuel tax cred­its,” Crouch says.

“To­gether with the work of lead­ing truck brands such as Mercedes-Benz, who are in­tro­duc­ing the lat­est Euro 5 emis­sion stan­dards and bet­ter fuel econ­omy for truck­ing op­er­a­tors, this will max­imise emis­sion compliance in the truck­ing fleet,” he said.

Crouch spoke to the Mercedes-Benz Dealer Con­fer­ence on emis­sion stan­dards, high pro­duc­tiv­ity ve­hi­cles, Truck Safe, au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles, safety tech­nolo­gies and the state of the truck­ing in­dus­try.

Ge­off Crouch

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