Truck driving instructors want rego discount

Truck driving instructors want a cut in registration fees, claiming high cost is deterring would-be drivers from obtaining their licence

By Brad Gardner | February 16, 2012

Heavy vehicle driving instructors want a reduction in registration charges, claiming the high cost of keeping trucks on the road is deterring would-be drivers from getting their licence.

The NSW Australian Driver Trainers Association has written to the National Transport Commission (NTC) complaining about the current set-up that applies charges across the board.

Based on feedback from his members, Executive Director Allan Porter says a medium rigid truck used solely for training travels 25,000km annually. Heavy rigids, heavy combinations and multi-combinations all travel 35,000km each, Porter says.

"…the distances travelled are far less than vehicles in general freight usage but the costs associated with keeping vehicles used solely for driver training on the road are the same," he writes.

"The high costs are passed on to those learning to drive and we feel that at a time when the road freight industry is in growing demand of drivers that the burden of higher costs is a disincentive for many potential drivers in taking up the challenge."

The National Transport Commisison (NTC) is due to finalise its heavy vehicle charging proposal this month, and Porter is hoping it "will lead to a reduction in the costs that apply to heavy vehicles in the driver training industry".

Under the NTC’s preferred approach released for discussion late last year, fees for B-doubles and B-triples will fall due to a significant cut in A-trailer prices.
However, charges on other combinations will need to rise elsewhere to ensure governments continue to recoup enough revenue for infrastructure expenditure. New charges are due to take effect on July 1.

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