ATA backs independent price regulator push

ATA backs independent price regulator push

Trucking Association calls for charges to be set independently…

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) say they will back a proposal to introduce an independent price regulator for heavy vehicle charges.

Responding to the release of the Federal Government’s discussion paper on options around set truck charges, ATA Chair, Geoff Crouch, says an independent regulator is the best way ahead.

“The current charging system is not working,”

“Truck charges need to be set at arm’s length from government so they fairly represent the costs of heavy vehicles on the road network.

“When the National Transport Commission – an independent government body – found that the current system overcharged truck and bus operators, governments chose to freeze revenue instead of cutting charges to a fair level.

“Truck and bus operators will be overcharged for their use of the roads by more than half a billion dollars across the freeze period, 2016-17 and 2017-18.

“The ATA will work with our member organisations to provide the Government with recommendations on setting up the independent regulator.”

We will keep you updated with further developments as they come to hand.

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