Livestock carters strap in for major challenges
ALRTA sure a decision has been made on heavy vehicle charging reform
AUSTRALIAN LIVESTOCK and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) executive director Mathew Munro tells
ATN he is sure a decision has been made on an alternative system for heavy vehicle charging and the government is looking to road-test it.
ALRTA reckons it will “almost certainly” involve: • Mass-distance-location charging system
for general road use • Forward-looking cost-base so that
charges are collected in advance • Total heavy vehicle charges increased to build better road infrastructure that delivers improved safety and productivity • Collected money must be spent on roads but with some level of crosssubsidisation to assist network building • Lower-tier rural and remote roads are unlikely to receive greater funding and will instead rely on ‘community service obligation’ payments to maintain a minimum standard • An independent body to determine the
total overall charge • All participating vehicles will require a
telematics system • Supplementary local charging systems will also be allowable. These will focus on payment for improved access. The ALRTA also recently met with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Australian Logistics Council in Canberra to start development of a registered industry code of practice for livestock effluent management.
Operator consultations will commence on the sidelines of the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association and ALRTA conference to be held in Coffs Harbour.in a conference later this month.
“The Effluent Code will sit under the broader industry Master Code of Practice that is being developed jointly by the Australian Trucking Association and ALC,” ALRTA says.
ALRTA national president Kevin Keenan says registration of an effluent code will be a gamechanger for the industry.
“Courts will use this document to determine best practice and whether or not chain parties have actually done everything reasonably practicable to manage load restraint risks,” he says.
Below: Peter Elliot of the ALC, Aaron Moeller from the NHVR and Mathew Munro (ALRTA) discuss the Effluent Code