A vote on future A-trailer registration charges has gone out to Standing Council of Transport and Infrastructure ministers, and will be finalised on March 21 but Australia's peak trucking body doesn't support any of the options. The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) put forward a submission in response to the National Transport Commission's (NTC) discussion paper on heavy vehicle charges, stating that the registration charges on A-trailers should be reduced.
The ATA claims current charges for these trailers are so high that they are turning operators away from using these safer, more productive combinations to less efficient vehicles.
"The NTC was tasked with producing a solution to address this negative usage trend, and increase A-trailer use," the ATA's national policy manager David Coonan said.
However, the ATA does not believe any of the options that have been produced adequately address the issue. Mr Coonan said these options also disadvantage other operators.
"The ATA does not support any of the three A-trailer charge options put forward by the NTC, and will, along with its member organisations, be taking this up with ministers."
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