ATA: Carbon Tax will be key issue in election

A key issue for the trucking industry in the coming election is the debate around the Carbon Tax, according to Australian Trucking Association Chairman, David Simon. In a recent statement, he also highlighted the need for a 'rethink' regarding the way roads are planned, calling for funding decisions to improve target standards for the road network. 

“The Labor Government still plans to extend its Carbon Tax to the fuel used by the trucking industry. Under Labor’s plan, trucking operators would pay an extra 1.6 cents per litre in fuel tax from 1 July 2014,” said Simon. “It’s a great improvement on the Government’s original plan, which would have seen a fuel tax increase of 6.858 cents per litre, but it is still a tax hike that many trucking businesses could not afford.

“In the election campaign, the ATA is calling on the Labor Government to announce it would, if elected, drop its plan to extend the Carbon Tax to truck fuel. The Coalition has already announced it would repeal the Carbon Tax completely.”

Simon is also calling for both major parties to announce policies to fix Australia’s road planning, funding and charging system. “Australia’s road planning and funding system is broken. Too many decisions at all levels of government are determined by short term considerations,” he said.

“We want both sides of politics to announce they would, if elected, base road funding decisions on meeting target standards for each tier of the road network. They should set those standards so the trucking industry could use high productivity vehicles like B-triples and super B-doubles on key routes as they are upgraded.

“There are also serious problems with the existing road charging system. Registration charges are very high. For example, it costs more than $14,700 to register a B-double. This raises cash flow issues for small businesses. The system is riddled with errors and discrepancies. But the option favoured by governments for reforming the system – putting a GPS tracker in every one of Australia’s 534,000 trucks – would be worse.

“Australia’s trucking businesses need both sides of politics to announce they would slash registration charges to reduce the impact of these huge, once a year payments on small businesses, and halt the move to GPS based pricing.”

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