Greens abandon plan
A plan to increase the cost of registration of B-doubles has been abandoned by the Greens. In the federal election campaign, the Greens announced it would ‘‘end the subsidisation of B-double truck registration’’. ‘‘The Greens’ mistakenly believed that B-double registrations are subsidised. In fact, B-doubles pay their way on the road system, as does the trucking industry as a whole,’’ the Australian Trucking Association government relations manager, Bill McKinley, says. ‘‘Though the Greens have withdrawn their threat, they still want to abolish the trucking industry’s fuel tax credits. The system allows operators to claim back more than 15 cents a litre of the tax they pay on fuel. It reduces our costs, which in turn reduces costs for every Australian, because almost everything we buy is delivered by truck.’’ Mr McKinley says the ATA will push hard to protect the fuel tax credit system.