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Monday, 9 December 2002
Page: 7517


Senator Harris asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 23 September 2002:

(1) (a) For each month of the years ending 31 December 2000 and 31 December 2002 and of the period 1 January to 30 June 2002, and as a total for each year and for the period 1 January to 30 June 2002: how many vehicles with four wheels were issued import approvals under the Low Volume Scheme; and (b) can these details be broken down by vehicle category.

(2) (a) For each month of the years ending 31 December 2000 and 31 December 2002 and of the period 1 January to 30 June 2002, and as a total for each year and for the period 1 January to 30 June 2002: how many compliance plates were issued import approvals under the Low Volume Scheme; and (b) can these details be broken down by vehicle category.

(3) For the years ending 31 December 2000 and 31 December 2001 and for the period 1 January to 30 June 2002, what was the average age of Low Volume Scheme vehicles at the date of importation, and what was the percentage of each year of the total number.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) (a) For the years 2000 and 2001 and January to June 2002 the numbers of four wheeled vehicles issued import approval under the low volume scheme were:

Month

2000

2001

Jan-Jun 2002

January

464

714

858

February

971

1227

1923

March

1568

1467

1408

April

1235

1245

2447

May

2268

1990

1173

June

1329

1375

901

July

1466

1460

August

1484

1453

September

1390

1387

October

969

1281

November

1328

1627

December

1387

1568

Year total

15859

16794

8710

(b) Details of the respective vehicle categories for the nominated periods were:

1 January 2000 to 31 December 2000

Month

MA

MB

MC

NA

NB1

NB2

ME

MD

NC

Jan

239

23

168

28

3

3

0

0

0

Feb

461

85

359

57

3

4

0

0

0

Mar

820

68

602

65

9

4

0

0

0

April

707

46

437

36

8

0

1

0

0

May

1258

127

785

66

20

4

0

2

0

June

774

41

451

42

9

11

0

0

0

July

836

68

479

56

20

20

0

0

0

Aug

864

62

471

66

5

3

0

0

1

Sept

760

60

483

59

24

4

0

0

0

Oct

587

39

284

41

14

2

0

0

1

Nov

816

71

371

56

12

2

0

0

0

Dec

878

71

362

54

19

1

0

0

2

Total

8316

761

4781

626

146

58

1

13

4

1 January 2001 to 31 December 2001

Month

MA

MB

MC

NA

NB1

NB2

ME

MD1

NC

Jan

437

28

220

23

3

1

0

0

0

Feb

720

55

397

41

14

0

0

0

0

Mar

975

32

409

43

6

1

0

0

0

April

836

57

309

33

9

0

0

0

0

May

1327

53

550

55

5

0

0

0

0

June

874

42

406

36

11

4

1

0

0

July

900

53

455

36

9

3

0

0

4

Aug

914

39

437

45

11

6

1

0

0

Sept

929

34

377

42

4

0

1

0

0

Oct

848

33

353

34

9

0

1

1

0

Nov

1093

52

437

35

8

1

0

1

0

Dec

999

28

475

52

10

0

2

2

0

Total

10852

506

4825

435

99

16

6

4

4

1 January 2002 to 30 June 2002

Month

MA

MB

MC

NA

NB1

NB2

ME

MD1

NC

Jan

499

25

291

32

8

2

0

0

0

Feb

1168

56

637

43

16

1

1

0

1

Mar

922

35

419

19

9

2

1

0

0

April

1702

35

636

54

14

2

0

3

0

May

1091

19

30

13

15

3

0

2

0

June

831

14

34

14

6

1

0

1

0

Total

6213

184

2047

146

68

11

2

6

1

Vehicle Category Codes

MA Passenger Car

MB Forward Control Passenger Vehicle

MC Off Road Passenger Vehicle

NA Light Goods Vehicle

NB1 Medium Goods Vehicle over 3.5 tonnes, up to 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass

NB2 Medium Goods Vehicle over 4.5 tonnes, up to 12 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass

ME Heavy Omnibus

MD1 Light Omnibus up to 3.5 tonnes, up to 12 seats

NC Heavy Goods Vehicle

It should be noted that discrepancies exist between the total number of vehicles issued with an import approval and the numbers identified in the vehicle category breakdown. This is due to failure to enter all fields on the database. The numbers given in Question (1) (a) are considered to be the most accurate.

(2) (a) For the year 2000 and 2001 and the period January to June 2002 the number of compliance plates issued under the low volume scheme were:

Month

2000

2001

Jan-Jun 2002

January

1124

1177

1517

February

1132

1127

1298

March

1470

1420

1427

April

1126

1167

2366

May

1620

1691

2316

June

1723

1383

1247

July

1403

1565

August

1609

1665

September

1392

1319

October

1578

1423

November

1470

1550

December

1180

904

Year total

16827

16391

10171

(b) Details of the respective vehicle categories for the nominated periods were:

Year ending 31 December 2000

Month

MA

MB

MC

NA

NB1

NB2

ME

MD1

NC

Jan

612

59

407

37

3

3

0

0

3

Feb

599

46

388

79

10

3

0

6

1

Mar

757

76

519

97

12

7

0

0

1

April

585

73

406

46

12

4

0

0

0

May

903

82

558

64

10

3

0

0

0

June

953

87

571

75

16

5

0

4

12

July

757

76

497

47

11

4

0

10

1

Aug

878

78

568

62

16

2

0

0

4

Sept

769

59

462

65

17

7

0

2

11

Oct

895

87

500

73

11

5

2

1

4

Nov

851

67

485

49

8

6

3

0

1

Dec

686

59

344

68

14

7

2

0

0

Total

9245

849

5705

762

140

56

7

23

38

Year ending 31 December 2001

Month

MA

MB

MC

NA

NB1

NB2

ME

MD1

NC

Jan

711

48

360

41

11

1

1

0

4

Feb

685

40

346

44

8

3

0

0

1

Mar

856

60

432

50

13

4

3

0

2

April

727

44

344

40

6

3

3

0

0

May

1092

52

462

69

8

2

5

1

0

June

918

37

368

39

14

5

1

1

0

July

1005

51

427

53

13

5

3

0

8

Aug

1032

48

504

62

12

2

4

1

0

Sept

830

42

391

40

9

5

0

0

2

Oct

972

30

362

43

10

4

0

2

0

Nov

984

52

430

63

10

9

0

0

2

Dec

551

18

279

38

12

5

0

1

0

Total

10363

522

4705

582

126

48

20

6

19

For the period 1 January 2002 to 30 June 2002

Month

MA

MB

MC

NA

NB1

NB2

ME

MD1

NC

Jan

912

50

506

42

7

0

0

0

0

Feb

851

34

351

41

12

1

4

2

1

Mar

880

52

440

34

18

0

0

2

1

April

1264

58

917

74

24

2

4

2

18

May

1428

64

745

55

12

5

4

1

1

June

1156

2

53

14

14

6

0

0

2

Total

6491

260

3012

260

87

14

12

7

23

(3) Average age of the vehicles imported under the low volume scheme were:

Year

Average Age

2000

8.7

2001

9.1

Jan-June 2002

9.7

Percentage of vehicles according to age

Vehicle Age

2000

2001

Jan-June 2002

15

0.02

0.10

0.29

14

0.25

0.61

2.40

13

0.92

4.04

4.66

12

5.64

8.87

16.64

11

10.73

14.29

12.65

10

22.74

21.86

24.27

9

16.55

16.12

12.72

8

17.89

15.32

13.42

7

10.80

7.90

5.31

6

6.95

5.17

2.45

5

3.17

1.44

1.79

4

1.55

1.32

1.43

3

1.19

0.97

0.48

2

0.70

0.81

0.35

1

0.87

1.20

1.15