ATA seeks truck/bus re­forms

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY -

THE first step in the Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s road-fund­ing re­forms must be to fix the over­charg­ing of truck and bus op­er­a­tors, the chair of the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, Geoff Crouch, said this week. Truck and bus op­er­a­tors would be over­charged by $343 mil­lion in 2017-18. As a re­sult, truck fuel and reg­is­tra­tion charges were too high. Mr Crouch said the govern­ment must make a down pay­ment on its road pro­duc­tiv­ity plan by in­sist­ing that trans­port min­is­ters con­tinue to freeze rev­enue from the fuel and reg­is­tra­tion charges paid by truck and bus op­er­a­tors. This would mean that fuel and reg­is­tra­tion charges would de­crease in 2018-19 and 2019-20 – a great win for truck­ing busi­nesses, large and small. “Truck­ing op­er­a­tors pay for our use of the road sys­tem through a fuel-based road user charge, ad­min­is­tered as a re­duc­tion in our fuel tax cred­its, and very high reg­is­tra­tion charges. Th­ese charges seek to re­cover the cost of the road ex­pen­di­ture that is due to trucks and buses,” he said. “The over­charg­ing goes back years, and started be­cause the charg­ing model un­der­es­ti­mated the num­ber of trucks and buses on the road.”

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