Release of the policy paper follows three months of public consultation on the NGERS Regulations Discussion Paper, released in October 2007. Throughout this time the ATA and its members engaged with the Government primarily in order to resolve operational issues relating to the definition of the terms facilities and operational control that, if left unresolved, would create significant uncertainty and compliance burdens for the trucking industry.
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If endorsed by ATC Ministers, the NTC heavy vehicle charges proposal will impose a new and substantially altered schedule of charges on the trucking industry, to be phased in over three years from 1 July 2008.
Well considered and informed fiscal and regulatory policy for the trucking industry will be crucial for the government if it is to simultaneously achieve its greenhouse reduction targets at least cost to the community, expand the productive capacity of Australian industry and minimise inflationary cost pressures in the economy.
The ATA welcomes the Treasurer’s invitation for submissions on 2008-09 Budget priorities and looks forward to future consultations with the Treasury on policy matters relating to the trucking industry.