Dump Greens’ plan

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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.

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