Greens aban­don plan

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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.

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