The future competitiveness of Australia’s agricultural industry will be impacted by the trucking industry’s ability to service it, the ATA has said in this submission to the Federal Government.
The Productivity Commission should not support the Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment (HVCI) Reform process, the ATA’s submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into public infrastructure says.
If the NTC does endorse increasing mass limits for 2 axle buses, it should extend the discussion to ensure these requirements remain consistant across the heavy vehicle industry, the ATA has said in this submission.
These proposed bus mass increases set precedents that would require the NTC to be far more proactive in considering the trucking industry’s long standing requests for increases to steer axle mass on wide tyres and for ultra-wide single tyres as replacement for dual tyres.
The Heavy Vehicle National Law must provide positive duties for parties in the Chain of Responsibility and ensure people are considered innocent until proven guilty, the ATA has said in this submission to the Chain of Responsibility review.
The NTC needs to produce evidence of deficiencies in the current Standard Driving Hours and should not proceed with its suggested review until these are available, the ATA has said in this submission.
In this submission, the ATA has made recommendations to make the Australian Vehicle Standards Rules consistent with the Heavy Vehicle National Regulation, and to account for policy changes that affect these rules.
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.
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.
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.