National trucking regs a priority: BCA

Business Council of Australia president says governments must give national trucking regulations top billing in 2010

February 12, 2010

National regulations for the trucking industry must be a top priority for governments in 2010, the president of the Business Council of Australia (BCA) says.

Graham Bradley told delegates at the Australia- Israel Chamber of Commerce that a national trucking regulator was important to increase the efficiency of the transport sector and the Australian economy.

"Why, in 2010, must a truck transporting goods from Melbourne to Brisbane be subject to three different state laws in relation to vehicle registration, safe load regulation, driver licensing and road taxes," Bradley asks.

"Burdensome regulatory complexities of this kind must now yield to the more important priority of enhancing efficiency and productivity.

"It is very important that all state governments and the commonwealth get firmly behind the reform process through the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) and that real progress is made over the next 12 months."

Bradley also used the opportunity to call for other measures he believes will secure Australia’s economic future.

This includes reducing company tax to increase foreign investment and the introduction of a "workable" emissions trading scheme.

Bradley says the scheme must come at the least cost to the economy and must not unfairly disadvantage industry.

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