We're providing road expenditure figures, RTA says


NSW RTA refutes claims industry is denied access to expenditure figures to help it determine if higher charges are justified

By Brad Gardner | May 28, 2010

The NSW roads department has refuted claims it is hiding from the trucking industry expenditure figures that are used to justify higher heavy vehicle charges.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) earlier this year complained that a lack of detailed information from South Australia and NSW meant the proposed 4.2 percent increase to fees had not been fully accounted for.

But the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) says all figures are provided to the industry.

"The NSW expenditure figures used to calculate the 2010 annual adjustment to heavy vehicle charges were published in the National Transport Commission annual report in October 2009. Further detailed information was published in the RTA’s 2009 annual report," an RTA spokesperson says.

"The RTA is supportive of providing additional information to help the trucking industry understand the relationship between the increases in road expenditure and the increases in heavy vehicle charges."

The nation’s transport ministers on April 30 this year agreed to raise road user charges by 4.2 percent due to a 10.7 percent increase in government expenditure on the road network.

The cost of registering a B-double will rise to $15,340, with the fee for semi-trailers hitting $5612.

"The 4.2 per cent increase in registration charges approved by the ATC will be implemented on 1 July 2010 or as soon as possible after that date," the spokesman says.

The fuel excise will also rise by 0.9 cents a litre, cutting almost one cent from the diesel rebate the industry can claim.

The ATA argues the increases are unnecessary because governments will already collect enough money from operators to cover road funding costs.

"…the absence of detailed information from SA and NSW means that the Government has only accounted for part of its proposed increase," the ATA wrote in its submission opposing the registration increases.


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