The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) should not proceed with mass-distance-location pricing, the ATA has argued in a submission to the COAG Business Regulation and Competition Working Group.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) should focus on its core priorities and not issues like obesity and social exclusion, the ATA has said in response to the NTC’s discussion paper about Smart Transport for a Growing Nation.
The ATA has supported the National Transport Commission’s policy proposal to allow modular B-triples to run on the existing type 1 road train network and other suitable roads.
The proposal would improve road safety, boost productivity and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The ATA submission in response to the paper has 15 recommendations, including addressing the inconsistent road access and operating conditions across state and territory borders for B-triples.
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.