Archive for February, 2011

Australia’s Rural Truckies pay more for less

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Pic: (ATN) Australian Truckies to pay more

By: Brad Gardner

Rural trucking operators will be forced to pay the same road user charge as their urban counterparts despite receiving a significantly smaller share of road funding.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) last week recommended increasing the trucking industry’s road user charge by 2.4 percent to 23.1 cents per litre. If accepted, the proposal will reduce the fuel tax credit by 0.5 cents to 15.04 cents per litre.

According to the NTC, trucking operators need to pay higher charges from July 1 due to greater government investment in the road network. Figures released by the NTC show expenditure on rural local roads between the 2002 and 2009 financial years was $14.64 billion. Conversely, expenditure on urban local roads over the same period was $23.56 billion.

Spending on urban local roads between the 2007 and 2008 financial years increased from $3.57 billion to $3.92 billion, while spending on rural roads went from $2.13 billion to $2.28 billion. While the NTC did not provide expenditure figures for rural and urban local roads for the 2010 financial year, it says spending on urban arterial routes was $5.95 billion. The figure represents an almost $500 million decline over the previous year.

“Spending on roads and bridges across all levels of government has increased significantly in recent years, reflecting initiatives from all levels of government to improve road transport infrastructure,” the NTC says.

Between the 2004 and 2010 financial years, the NTC says governments spent $31.52 billion, compared to $27.73 billion on rural arterial routes over the same period. According to the NTC, rural arterial expenditure increased from $4.83 billion in the 2009 financial year to $5 billion in the 2010 financial year.

“Revenue recovered through heavy vehicle charges contributes to building better and safer roads, such as providing high productivity vehicles with increased access to the road network,” it says.

The Australian Trucking Industry has been given until March 11 to respond to the NTC’s proposal before it goes to the Federal Government for approval. Under changes introduced in 2008, the Government must give the industry 60 days notice prior to making a decision. It must release the data used to determine any changes.

If it accepts the NTC’s proposal, the Government will need to gain the support of independents in the House of Representatives to pass the 2.4 percent increase. The Senate can also pass a disallowance motion to stop the price rise. The NTC says the latest proposal is almost 2 percent lower than last year’s increase (4.2 percent) and .4 percent lower than CPI.

A sub-group of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is currently working on an alternative charging model for the trucking industry, including mass-distance-location pricing.

Under this method trucking operators will pay an individual rather than general fee. Vehicles will be billed based on their mass, how far they travel and the locations they travel through.

Lindsay Australia to poach CLC Produce

Monday, February 14th, 2011

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Lindsay Australia is to buy a north Queensland horticulture transporter for $770,000, though no trucks or trailers will change hands.

The price is made up of $450,000 for leasehold land and buildings and $345,000 for plant and equipment, including cold rooms, for a company with a turnover put at $6.5 million.

CLC Produce, based in Mareeba, will be retained on a $150,000 a year marketing and customer transition and expansion consultancy over three years, “subject to agreed customer retention levels”.

The deal is in line with Lindsay’s stated aim to push hard into the produce-growing region.

“There are considerable opportunities for the company’s Transport arm to increase freight revenue in the tablelands area and the establishment of a Rural arm outlet in this area is being investigated,” Company Secretary Graham Johnston says.

Truckies Needed in Logan City

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Big Rigs on display

The Logan City PCYC Car and Truck Show, on the 10th. July 2011, at the Logan City PCYC grounds (Wembley Road, behind the Logan City Entertainment Centre), will be a premier event for Logan City with quality Truck Rigs, Cars, Rods and Bikes all showcasing the hard work that has been done to make these vehicles shine for the day.

TRUCKS ARE NEEDED FOR TRUCK DISPLAY PURPOSES, CONTACT ROSS ON (07) 3442 1700 TO REGISTER YOUR RIG AND SUPPORT THE LOGAN CITY PCYC.

The show will have all of the family events with Slides & Rides, Jumping Castles, an Animal Farm, Pony Rides, Camels, Mini Police Cars & displays which will keep everyone entertained & of course heaps of food.

General public gate entry is $5 from 9am to 2pm. There will be local bands to supply the entertainment and trade stands on display.

One of the Big Rigs from last year's Logan PCYC show

At last year’s show over 7,000 spectators moved through the car show & this year the event will even more spectacular. Bring the family along and see the effort the owners of these vehicles go to, to keep their vehicles in a “pristine” condition.

Australian Truckies, here is your chance to support the Logan City PCYC who support the Logan City youth. Contact Ross and register your interest to add your big rig to the Truck display. Phone: Ross(07) 3442 1700