South Australian razor gang eyes freight fees hike


Leak of South Australia's Sustainable Budget Commission report shows that road and rail freight sectors will not escape unscathed

By Rob McKay | September 16, 2010

The leak this week of South Australia’s Sustainable Budget Commission report showed that the road and rail freight sectors will not escape unscathed if the State Government takes up its recommendations.

In advice that Treasurer Kevin Foley had yet to see before it was made public prematurely, the freight industry was to see increased fees rather than cuts to services.

The razor gang advocated additional revenue of $2.8 million across the forward estimates from the increase of vehicle inspection fees by $45-$195 for light vehicles and $75-$325 for heavy vehicles.

It sought a 24 percent to 26 percent increase in the annual fee for commercial rail infrastructure managers and rolling stock operators to obtain full cost recovery of the Office of the Rail Safety Regulator.

Based on the current fee schedule, this would equate to increases between $3,200 and $29,000 a year for each of the 30 operators in the State.

It proposed additional revenue of $2.6 million across the forward estimates from the installation of a Safe-T-Cam on the Dukes Highway.

About $1 million would be needed for camera purchases, to be funded from the Commonwealth component of the Dukes Highway project subject to Commonwealth approval.

Also on the list was elimination of existing subsidy scheme for regional petroleum retailers.

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