Emissions trading should be introduced, ATA says


ATA says emissions trading legislation should be passed as soon as possible

May 5, 2009

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has come to the support of the Federal Government by calling on opposition parties to pass the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) through Parliament as soon as possible.

The ATA’s comments came after the Government announced the proposed start of the CPRS would be delayed until 2011.

ATA Chairman Trevor Martyn says the passing of the CPRS through parliament will allow Australia to meet the emissions targets set by the government at the lowest cost.

"It [the scheme] will cost the trucking industry hundreds of millions of dollars over time, which we will have to pass to our customers," Martyn says.

"But we believe that putting emissions trading in place over the next couple of years will be much less expensive and more certain than the likely alternative."

But Martyn has supported the move to delay the introduction of emissions trading, saying it will give trucking companies more time to make sure they have management systems in place to review fuel costs regularly and pass them on to their customers.

ACTU President Sharan Burrow has also supported the Government’s decision, saying it will help workers and businesses during tough economic times.

"A revised CPRS is a positive settlement that will protect jobs in exposed industries and set Australia on the path towards a potential 1 million climate friendly green jobs in coming years," Burrow says.

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