In­dus­try blast on ve­hi­cle con­ces­sion abuse

Australian Transport News - - Contents -

LBRCA makes pub­lic con­tin­u­ing ob­jec­tions to mis­use of NSW ve­hi­cle con­ces­sions

RU­RAL HAULAGE OP­ER­A­TORS are again ex­press­ing deep frus­tra­tion at farm­ers over­step­ping the mark on New South Wales pri­mary pro­ducer ve­hi­cle con­ces­sion use.

The Live­stock, Bulk and Ru­ral Car­ri­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (LBRCA) has warned its sec­re­tariat has re­ceived a num­bers of calls from mem­ber com­plain­ing the con­ces­sions are be­ing used for pur­poses other than for which they are in­tended.

The main point of con­cern is that th­ese sub­sidised pro­duc­ers are af­fect­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of ru­ral car­ri­ers.

“The is­sue ap­pears to be more preva­lent dur­ing the an­nual grain har­vest where com­mer­cially op­er­ated trucks ex­ploit­ing the pri­mary pro­ducer con­ces­sion en­ter the mar­ket and com­pete against pro­fes­sional ru­ral car­ri­ers who do not have this ad­van­tage,” LBRCA pres­i­dent Lyn­ley Min­ers says.

“Un­for­tu­nately, one un­in­tended con­se­quence is that ru­ral car­ri­ers who fully pay their way un­der the cur­rent road-fund­ing scheme suf­fer a cost dis­ad­van­tage com­pared to those mis­us­ing the con­ces­sion.

“It might seem a small price dif­fer­ence to those not in­volved in the in­dus­try, but in a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place this il­le­git­i­mate cost ad­van­tage has a huge im­pact.”

“It is par­tic­u­larly frus­trat­ing for ru­ral car­ri­ers to know that op­er­a­tors in their lo­cal area are mis­us­ing pri­mary pro­ducer con­ces­sions, only be to be in­formed, it can’t be proved,” Min­ers adds.

“We are fully sup­port­ive of the prin­ci­ples of a pri­mary pro­ducer con­ces­sion, how­ever we can­not sit and watch the on­go­ing mis­use con­tinue.”

The LBRCA says there are two key steps of­fer­ing a “sen­si­ble mea­sured way of lim­it­ing un­fair com­pe­ti­tion and restor­ing state rev­enue” that is meant to re­cover the costs of road use. Th­ese in­clude: • In­tro­duc­ing pri­mary pro­ducer reg­is­tra­tion plates for those claim­ing the pri­mary pro­ducer con­ces­sion, so that trucks op­er­at­ing un­der the con­ces­sion can be eas­ily iden­ti­fied – as in Vic­to­ria • Im­pos­ing strict li­a­bil­ity for car­ri­ers who mis­use their pri­mary pro­ducer con­ces­sion. “The LBRCA has al­luded govern­ment to a sim­ple strat­egy – the in­tro­duc­tion of clearly iden­tifi able pri­mary pro­ducer plates – that will pro­vide clear recog­ni­tion of pri­mary pro­ducer ve­hi­cles, sim­plify en­force­ment and close the gap on non- com­pli­ant ac­tiv­ity,” Min­ers says.

“We are hope­ful that our in­dus­try can fi nally re­duce in­equitable sit­u­a­tions such as what we have with pri­mary pro­ducer con­ces­sions.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.