Dump Greens’ plan
THE Australian Trucking Association has come out hard against the Greens’ plan to increase B-double registration charges to more than $23,000 in a bid to shift more freight to rail.
The Greens last week announced their plan for the national registration charge for an eight-axle B-double to rise substantially from the alreadyhefty $14,770 fee.
Greens’ lead senate candidate Lee Rhiannon says that ‘‘hidden subsidies to road transport are putting more trucks, including more B-doubles, on our roads’’.
The party also says it wants to abolish the trucking industry’s fuel tax credits, which would ramp up the effective rate of fuel tax paid by operators by 69 per cent.
ATA chief executive Stuart St Clair says truck operators are paying more than their fare share and the Greens’ policy is based on dodgy figures and the assumption that every supermarket has a railway siding next to its loading dock.