The Australian Government should not go ahead with its plan to extend the carbon price to heavy on-road vehicles from 1 July 2014, the ATA has recommended in its submission to the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future.
CRRP review came into being on the recommendations of the Productivity Commission, which implied that the current pricing system needed reforming in order to make a more efficient and productive road supply. However, we believe that COAG’s first reform should be of the supply side agencies that deal with road provision and providing more access.
The Government should permanently exempt the trucking industry from the carbon tax, the ATA’s submission on the Government’s draft carbon tax bills says. The submission also makes five recommendations for improving the operation of the carbon tax if it is extended to the trucking industry.
The way the NSW Intelligent Access Program is administered should be adjusted to take into account the latest information and policies regarding higher productivity vehicles.
The ATA made the recommendation in its submission to the NSW Minister for Ports and Roads.
The submission outlines methods of increasing productivity, environmental gains and safety for NSW without increasing infrastructure wear.
COAG Road Reform Plan – Evidence of the relationship between fuel consumption and road impacts – ATA fuel based charging option
In a number of forums recently, officers associated with the COAG Road Reform Project (CRRP) have implied that fuel consumption does not reflect road wear in heavy vehicles, and this is a failing of the ATA’s fuel based charges models. Our modelling shows this is not correct.
The road transport industry believes the Productivity Commission review should provide independent guidance to Government about the importance of intervention to reduce the regulatory burden for road transport operators if Australia is to remain internationally competitive and Australians are to continue to enjoy similar living standards to now. The road transport industry is currently burdened by a complex overlapping inconsistent multi-layered maze of regulations, and quasi-regulations.
The IPART committee has been commissioned to examine the future costs (next 5 years) of access for rail freight. It notes that COAG Road Reform Plan (CRRP) price reform will affect the projected access prices for rail. The CRRP determination will be vital to the grain industry, industry jobs in both road and rail sectors and in the bigger picture, the Australian economy.
The ATA concurs with what the COAG Road Reform Plan (CRRP) is setting out to do in principle, that is, improve the efficiency of the road freight system. The trucking industry is currently paying more than its fair share of the burden of road costs. However, the ATA does not accept the current recommendations from the CRRP.
The ATA believes the draft heavy vehicle national law should be reworked in consultation with industry before it is considered further.
The submission sets out 91 recommendations about the draft law, including road access decisions, fatigue management, chain of responsibility, TruckSafe and the Intelligent Access Program.
The ATA is broadly supportive of a National Land Freight Strategy (NLFS), although raises some caution with the discussion in the draft strategy and proposed actions.