Australia’s road transport ministers should freeze the road user and registration charges paid by trucking operators in 2015-16, the ATA has said in this submission to the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) heavy vehicle road user charge annual adjustment process.
Any changes to the heavy vehicle roadworthiness system must lead to uniform roadworthiness rules and enforcement, the ATA has said in this submission in response to the National Transport Commission heavy vehicle roadworthiness consultation RIS.
The Australian Government should provide additional training to help light vehicle drivers learn to share the road safely with heavy vehicles, the ATA has said in this submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquiry on road safety.
The Australian Government should remove capital gains tax from business ownership transfers within families, the Australian Trucking Association has said in this submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into business set-up, transfer and closure.
The Australian Government should freeze the trucking industry’s road user charge in the 2015-16 Budget, the ATA has said in its 2015-16 pre-Budget submission.
The ATA supports the creation of a two tiered system with less arduous requirements for low risk vehicle modifications as part of the RMS vehicle safety compliance scheme investigation. These modifications are often carried out by operators during initial vehicle build up and as part of normal servicing or maintenance of their vehicle fleet.
The chain of responsibility provisions in the Heavy Vehicle National Law should be streamlined to reduce complexity without affecting safety, the ATA submission to the National Transport Commission’s Chain of Responsibility (CoR) duties review says.
The medical standards for truck drivers in accreditation schemes should be strengthened to include sleep apnoea and diabetes screening, as well as cardiac screening for some drivers, the ATA submission to the 2014 review of Assessing Fitness to Drive says.
The NTC is undertaking a review of national penalties under the Heavy Vehicle National Law administered by the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
As part of this review, NTC has created a draft ‘Penalties Matrix’ that will systematically:
- assess the consistency of current penalties, and
- provide a guide for setting penalties for future offences.
The ATA offers feedback and recommendations in this submission on the design and utility of the draft penalties matrix.
The Senate should pass important amendments to the Fuel Tax Act to protect small trucking businesses from the side effects of fuel tax indexation, the Australian Trucking Association has said in this submission to the Senate Economics Committee.
The Government has used tariff proposals to increase the fuel tax rate from 38.143 cents per litre to 38.6 cents per litre. The rate will be indexed in line with inflation on 1 February and 1 August.