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Truck registration freeze an industry win

07 May 2020

A decision to freeze truck and bus registration charges has come as welcome news for the trucking industry, CEO of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Ben Maguire said today. 

The decision was made at a meeting of transport ministers this week. The ministers agreed to freeze heavy vehicle registration charges at their current levels for the year 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. 

In November 2019, transport ministers had identified a preference to increase registration charges by 2.5 per cent from 1 July 2020. 

Mr Maguire said the freeze followed strong lobbying efforts from the ATA and its member associations. 

“Together with our members, we highlighted the enormous financial impact a proposed increase would have on trucking operators across Australia, the majority of which are small and family businesses,” Mr Maguire said. 

“Having faced the devastating bushfires and now the coronavirus, many businesses have been impacted and seen a decline in activity. 

“The ATA is grateful that governments clearly understand the challenges faced by industry and are supporting trucking operators who are doing it tough,” he said. 

The decision follows the Australian Government’s announcement last week that its tax on truck fuel would be frozen at 25.8 cents per litre for 2020‑21. 

The Western Australian Government is considering its 2020-21 heavy motor vehicle licence fees independently of the ministers’ decision. 

“We encourage the West Australian Government to follow suit and give trucking operators the much‑needed financial relief that those in the east will receive,” Mr Maguire said. 

“Trucking business across Australia are all facing the same challenges, and all deserve the same support,” he said. 

The ATA and its member associations collectively represent the 50,000 businesses and 200,000 people in the Australian trucking industry. Together, the ATA and its members are committed to safety, professionalism and viability.