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ATA unveils plan to lower charges for truck drivers

The ATA has welcomed its new CEO while also rehashing its plan to reduce charges for the nation’s driving force

Following recent announcements relating to the fuel tax credit (FTC) scheme and the road user charge (RUC), the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has unveiled its plan to halve truck charges.

The ATA, who released this plan in its weekly Friday Facts newsletter, has previously submitted this to the federal government.

Now, it is calling on the federal government to implement it to halve the road user charge on diesel used in remote areas.

The ATA plan would save remote area trucking operators an extra 14.4 cents per litre on the cost of diesel based on July 1, 2023 road user charge rates.

“Businesses serving remote communities cannot afford the fuel prices and charges that they pay now. They do not receive value for the charges they pay, for the quality of roads in remote Australia is extremely poor,” the submission says.

“High fuel prices and charges are a major contributor to the high cost of food in remote communities, where the cost of freight can be as high as 20.4 per cent of sales.”

The remote area road user charge would apply to the same area as the Services Australia remote area allowance.

On July 1, the federal government increased the road user charge on diesel from 27.2 cents per litre to 28.8 cents per litre. As a result, the fuel tax credit rate for diesel used in eligible trucks on public roads decreased to 18.9 cents per litre.

On top of this plan, the ATA is also welcoming new CEO Mat Munro following the retirement of outgoing CEO Michael Deegan.

Munro was previously the executive director of the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters’ Association (ALRTA) and, before then, policy director of NatRoad.

“I’m excited to formally commence in the ATA CEO role this week. While I’ve been involved in several ATA meetings and processes over the past few weeks, there is no substitute for getting your feet under the desk and immersing yourself in the workplace,” he says.

“The board and staff have been most welcoming, and I already feel part of the team. Trucking is at the very heart of the Australian economy and community. There are always plenty of important and challenging issues to progress, especially in an environment of accelerating technological and regulatory change.

“Backed by the combined power of the ATA’s 10 member associations, corporate members, associate members, technical council, sponsors and partners, I am looking forward to championing ongoing improvements to the trucking industry’s safety, professionalism and viability.”

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