The Australian Government should increase the trucking industry’s fuel tax credits by 1.04 cents per litre in the 2014-15 Budget. Trucking businesses can claim fuel tax credits through their business activity statements: an increase in fuel tax credits is effectively a tax cut. The increase is one of the recommendations in the ATA’s 2014-15 pre-budget submission.
Trucking operators should receive an extra one cent per litre in fuel tax credits and registrations charges should be decreased for 70 per cent of the industry, the ATA has said in this submission to the NTC’s draft 2014 Heavy Vehicle Charges Determination.
In this submission to the NTC, the ATA endorses the idea of a voluntary electronic work diary for drivers to use that aids them with achieving compliance.
However, it does not endorse the model of an electronic work diary (EWD) as proposed. The outline of the EWD approach does not yet adequately justify its introduction. Nor is the concept at a stage that is workable for government or industry.
The ATA has called for greater expenditure oversight and transparency in road infrastructure provision in this submission to the Productivity Commission.
The submission recommends implementing basic audit processes and increased funding transparency to encourage efficiency between road agencies.
Heavy vehicle drivers should be included on the Australian Consolidated Skilled Occupation List, the ATA has said in this submission to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency.
The Consolidated Skilled Occupation List identifies occupations where recruitment of skilled migrants can fill Australian skill needs that can’t be met through existing programs or by employing, training, skilling and up-skilling Australians.
In this submission to the Australian Government Parliamentary Inquiry into Intelligent Transport Systems, the ATA says Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) should be used to boost safety and productivity across the nation. It can improve the way the Australian freight task is moved, with productivity enhancing technology in heavy vehicles and modernizing the way heavy vehicles interact with the roads, light vehicles and other freight transport modes.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) should work on simplifying the heavy vehicle national law to improve safety and compliance, the ATA has said in its latest submission.
The submission is in response to the NTC’s Heavy Vehicle Compliance Review consulation draft.
In this submission to the Department of Environment, the ATA has recommended that the Emissions Reduction Fund should not preferentially fund projects by industry sector or geographic location.
Businesses should be required to demonstrate actual GHG emission reductions before fund payments are made, and projects that fall short of their abatement obligations should be able to make good by purchasing Australian Carbon Credit Units.
The Australian Tax Office has released a draft law administration practice statement setting safe harbour percentages for apportioning fuel use between on-road propulsion (where the road user charge applies) and auxiliary equipment (where it doesn’t).
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) strongly supports heavy vehicle operators who believe telematics services are good for their business and add to their viability. However, we note from the outset that such technology is not necessary to run a safe, compliant and viable transport company. Compliance assurance, including route compliance assurance, can take many forms.