Pass ETS to avoid truck 'compliance nightmare'

Trucking operators hurt if the Government fails to enact emissions trading scheme, ATA argues

By Michael House |August 17, 2009

Trucking operators will be hurt if the Federal Government fails to enact its emissions trading scheme, the industry lobby says.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has urged Labor to negotiate with other parties to pass legislation to introduce the scheme, which was rejected by the Senate in a vote last week.

Labor is set to reintroduce the Bill to parliament this week with amendments.

The ATA's Bill McKinley says the trucking industry could be lumbered with "confusing, ad-hoc and complicated environmental regulations" from state and local governments.

"The result would be a paperwork and compliance nightmare for trucking operators; it would make it harder and more expensive to meet Australia’s targets," he says.

"We urge the Coalition, Greens and independent senators to think again, work with the Government on sensible amendments if they are needed, and pass the scheme."

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), has also called for all relevant parties to come together to find common ground and says an agreement is needed for the interests of business certainty and the development of "good policy" for Australia.

"It is now time to forge an agreement on climate change policy which deals with the very important issues that remain unresolved," Ai Group Chief Executive Heather Ridout says.

Ridout says her organisation will do all it can to ensure an optimum outcome is achieved.

"Ai Group will continue to negotiate in good faith to resolve outstanding issues and calls on all sides of politics to work the issues through to an acceptable conclusion so that these can be embodied in comprehensive legislation."

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