NHVR, rego charges at top of QTA election wishlist


QTA outlines industry priorities ahead of Queensland’s state election on January 31.

NHVR, rego charges at top of QTA election wishlist
Queensland premier Campbell Newman is aiming to secure a second term in office.

 

The next Queensland government needs to continue support for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), reduce road user charges and build more rest areas, the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) says.

In a five-page document sent to the two major parties contesting the January 31 state election, the QTA details the areas it wants the next government to concentrate on.

Its wishlist includes adequate funding for the NHVR to allow it to do its job and support for the establishment of a national heavy vehicle registration system.

The QTA is also seeking amendments to the law governing the NHVR to extend chain of responsibility to vehicle standards and safety and to remove provisions that duplicate existing requirements.

It adds that the next administration should adopt a National Transport Commission (NTC) recommendation to reduce heavy vehicle charges.

"QTA Ltd is disappointed that the state and territory governments did not follow the Federal Government’s lead in freezing the Road User Charge at its current level in June 2014," the QTA’s submission states. 

"State Governments including Queensland increased their registration charges by 1.3 per cent, with the result that the truck and bus industries, across Australia, will be overcharged by about $200 million in 2014-15."

It adds that the proposal from the now defunct Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment (HVCI) group for trucks to shift to mass-distance-location charging should be rejected because it will "dramatically increase" compliance costs.

The QTA also wants the next government to work with its federal counterpart to continue investing in heavy vehicle rest areas on state and federal controlled roads.

It goes on to say the next government should also commit funding to roads, bridges and port and rail facilities.

"Efficient road freight movement is a vital ingredient to the import and export task supporting the State’s agricultural industries, our mining sector recovery, our manufacturing industries, a housing and construction revival and the retail sector," the QTA says.

The group’s list of priorities also includes resources for compliance and enforcement operations to target trucking operators flouting the law, a cooperative approach toward improving heavy vehicle access, and continued funding for training and retention initiatives in the transport industry.

Queensland premier Campbell Newman has committed to road infrastructure projects during the election campaign, namely the creation of an inland alternative to the Bruce Highway, motorway upgrades and a new interchange south-west of Brisbane.  

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