We won't delay truck charges: NSW

NSW Government ruleS out deferring new truck registration charges, meaning the state's operators will be hit with two cost rises in six months

We won't delay truck charges: NSW
We won't delay truck charges: NSW

By Brad Gardner | May 7, 2010

The NSW Government has ruled out deferring new truck registration charges, meaning the state's operators will be hit with two cost rises in six months.

Former Roads Minister Michael Daley last year delayed a rise in registraton fees until January 1 this year rather than agreeing to the nationally-set date of July 1, 2009.

The move was designed to give trucking operators in NSW extra time to adjust to the rises due to the impact the global financial crisis was having on the industry.

But Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport David Borger says the Government will introduce the latest 4.2 percent increase supported by all jurisdictions from July 1 this year.

Trucking operators will now need to factor the latest costs into their budgets only months after adjusting to the previous round of fees.

"All state and territory ministers agreed on April 30 that the 2010 heavy vehicle registration charge adjustment would be introduced from July 1 this year," Borger says.

"There are no plans to delay this decision."

The 4.2 percent rise was justified on the basis of a 10.7 percent increase in government expenditure on the road network.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) opposed the rise, claiming it would reap an extra $776.3 million from the industry.

According to the group, the National Transport Commission (NTC) relied on outdated data to determine the proposed increase.

The fuel excise will also rise to 22.6 cents a litre, cutting almost one cent from the diesel rebate.

Registration fees and the fuel excise are examined each year to ensure the industry keeps pace with the level of government investment in the road network.

The cost of registering a B-double will hit $15, 340 from July.

Registration fees were due to rise without the 4.2 percent increase because of the final phase of a three-year plan aimed at recovering money from the industry for previous government expenditure on roads.

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