COVID-19 has resulted in a significant impact on the economy. The Australian Government needs to continue to support households and business, boost business investment and improve productivity through better targeting infrastructure investment.
Tax reform is needed by governments to implement an electric vehicle road user charge and reduce the tax burden from payroll tax and heavy vehicle stamp duty.
The Australian Government should consider a national diesel storage network as part of its framework for increasing domestic fuel security.
Payment times longer than 30 days should be banned, the ATA says.
The Australian Government should accelerate low emission technologies, including High Productivity Freight Vehicles, electrification for urban delivery and service vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
The ATA supports the proposal to target major regional and remote transport corridors as priority areas for improved mobile phone coverage.
The draft standard for livestock loading/unloading ramps and forcing yards/pens would improve worker safety, animal welfare and lead to fewer and less severe injuries.
Trucking businesses and other providers of essential services should be automatically eligible for JobKeeper Payments if they need to stand down staff.
The 2019/2020 bushfires impacted trucking through road closures and loss of income, illustrating the need for a natural disaster wage subsidy to protect local jobs.
The Australian Government’s economic response to the coronavirus epidemic must include measures to support truck owner-drivers.