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Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 2008

Schedule 1 Amendments

   

Interstate Road Transport Charge Act 1985

1  Title

Omit “ motor vehicle or trailer ”, substitute “ vehicle ”.

2  After section 3

Insert:

3A   Definitions

                   In this Act:

articulated bus means a bus consisting of more than one rigid section with passenger access between the sections and the sections connected to one another so as to allow rotary movement between the sections.

Australian Transport Council has the meaning given by section 4 of the National Transport Commission Act 2003 .

axle means one or more shafts positioned in a line across a vehicle, on which one or more wheels intended to support the vehicle turn.

axle group means a single axle group, tandem axle group, twinsteer axle group, tri-axle group or quad-axle group.

B-double combination means a combination consisting of a prime mover towing 2 semi trailers.

B-double lead trailer means a semi trailer that is nominated for use as the lead trailer in a B-double combination.

B-triple combination means a combination consisting of a prime mover towing 3 semi trailers.

B-triple lead trailer means a semi trailer that is nominated for use as the lead trailer in a B-triple combination.

B-triple middle trailer means a semi trailer that is nominated for use as the second trailer in a B-triple combination.

bus means a motor vehicle, built mainly to carry people, that seats more than 9 adults (including the driver).

bus (type 1) means a rigid bus that has 2 axles and an MRC not exceeding 12 tonnes.

bus (type 2) means:

                     (a)  a rigid bus that has 2 axles and an MRC exceeding 12 tonnes; or

                     (b)  a rigid bus that has 3 or 4 axles.

compliance plate means a plate authorised to be placed on a vehicle, or taken to have been placed on a vehicle, under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 .

converter dolly means a trailer with a fifth wheel coupling designed to support a semi trailer for hauling purposes.

dog trailer means a trailer with:

                     (a)  a single axle group or single axle at the front that is steered by connection to the towing vehicle by a drawbar; and

                     (b)  a single axle group or single axle at the rear.

drawbar means a part of a trailer (other than a semi trailer) that connects the trailer body to a coupling for towing purposes.

driver means the person driving or in control of a motor vehicle.

fifth wheel coupling means a device, other than the upper rotating element and the kingpin (which are parts of a semi trailer), used with a prime mover, semi trailer or a converter dolly to permit quick coupling and uncoupling and to provide for articulation.

lead trailer , in a combination, means the trailer that is, or that is to be, attached to the prime mover.

load carrying vehicle means a vehicle designed and constructed to haul or carry goods and wares in addition to any fuel, water, lubricants, tools and any other equipment or accessories necessary for normal operation of the vehicle.

loaded mass , in relation to a vehicle, means the sum of the mass of the vehicle and the mass of the load on the vehicle that is imposed on the surface on which the vehicle is standing or running.

long combination truck means a truck nominated to haul 2 or more trailers.

low loader means a gooseneck semi trailer with a loading deck no more than one metre above the ground.

low loader dolly means a mass-distributing device that:

                     (a)  is usually coupled between a prime mover and low loader; and

                     (b)  consists of a gooseneck rigid frame; and

                     (c)  does not directly carry any load on itself; and

                     (d)  is equipped with one or more axles, a kingpin and a fifth wheel coupling.

medium combination truck means a truck, other than a short combination truck, nominated to haul one trailer.

MRC (short for Mass Rating for Charging), in relation to a vehicle, means:

                     (a)  the maximum mass of the vehicle, including any load, recorded on the compliance plate as the Gross Vehicle Mass, Gross Trailer Mass Rating or Aggregate Trailer Mass of the vehicle; or

                     (b)  in relation to a vehicle for which there is no compliance plate—its operating mass.

multi-combination prime mover means a prime mover nominated to haul 2 or more trailers.

nominated means nominated by the person applying for registration.

operating mass , in relation to a vehicle, means the maximum mass of the vehicle, including any load, as determined by the Registration Authority having regard to the design and construction of the vehicle or of any of its components.

pig trailer means a trailer with a single axle group or single axle near the middle of its load-carrying surface, and connected to the towing vehicle by a drawbar.

pole type trailer means a trailer that:

                     (a)  is attached to a towing vehicle by means of a pole or an attachment fitted to a pole; and

                     (b)  is ordinarily used for transporting loads, such as logs, pipes, structural members or other long objects, that are generally capable of supporting themselves like beams between supports.

prime mover means a motor vehicle designed to haul a semi trailer.

quad-axle group means a group of 4 axles, in which the horizontal distance between the centre-lines of the outermost axles is more than 3.2 metres but not more than 4.9 metres.

Registration Authority means the authority that is responsible for registering vehicles.

semi trailer means a trailer (including a pole type trailer) that has:

                     (a)  a single axle group or single axle towards the rear; and

                     (b)  a means of attachment to a prime mover or a converter dolly that results in some of the load being imposed on the prime mover, or the converter dolly, as the case may be.

short combination prime mover means a prime mover nominated to haul one semi trailer.

short combination truck means a truck nominated to haul one trailer where, according to the nomination:

                     (a)  the combination has 6 axles or fewer; and

                     (b)  the maximum total mass that is legally allowable for the combination is 42.5 tonnes or less.

single axle means an axle not forming part of an axle group.

single axle group means a group of 2 or more axles, in which the horizontal distance between the centre-lines of the outermost axles is less than one metre.

tandem axle group means a group of at least 2 axles, in which the horizontal distance between the centre-lines of the outermost axles is at least one metre but not more than 2 metres.

trailer means a vehicle that is built to be towed, or is towed, by a motor vehicle, but does not include a motor vehicle that is being towed.

tri-axle group means a group of at least 3 axles, in which the horizontal distance between the centre-lines of the outermost axles is more than 2 metres, but not more than 3.2 metres.

truck means a rigid motor vehicle that is principally constructed as a load carrying vehicle.

truck (type 1) means a truck that has:

                     (a)  2 axles and an MRC not exceeding 12 tonnes; or

                     (b)  3 axles and an MRC not exceeding 16.5 tonnes; or

                     (c)  4 or more axles and an MRC not exceeding 20 tonnes.

truck (type 2) means a truck that has:

                     (a)  2 axles and an MRC exceeding 12 tonnes; or

                     (b)  3 axles and an MRC exceeding 16.5 tonnes; or

                     (c)  4 or more axles and an MRC exceeding 20 tonnes.

twinsteer axle group means a group of 2 axles:

                     (a)  with single tyres; and

                     (b)  fitted to a motor vehicle; and

                     (c)  connected to the same steering mechanism; and

                     (d)  the horizontal distance between the centre-lines of which is at least one metre, but not more than 2 metres.

vehicle includes a trailer.

3B   Close-spaced axles

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act (other than the definitions of single axle group , tandem axle group , twinsteer axle group , tri-axle group and quad-axle group ):

                     (a)  2 axles less than one metre apart are to be regarded as one axle; and

                     (b)  3 axles not more than 2 metres apart are to be regarded as 2 axles; and

                     (c)  4 axles not more than 3.2 metres apart are to be regarded as 3 axles.

             (2)  A reference to a distance in subsection (1) is a reference to the horizontal distance between the centre-lines of:

                     (a)  in the case paragraph (1)(a)—the 2 axles; and

                     (b)  in any other case—the outermost axles.

3C   Determination of number of trailers

             (1)  For the purposes of determining the number of trailers that a prime mover or truck is nominated to haul:

                     (a)  a converter dolly and a semi trailer when used together are to be regarded as one trailer; and

                     (b)  a low loader dolly and a low loader when used together are to be regarded as one trailer.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, nothing in this section affects a requirement that a separate annual registration charge be paid for each converter dolly or low loader dolly and for each semi trailer.

3  Subsection 4(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a charge is imposed on the registration of a vehicle in a category mentioned in subsection (1A).

          (1A)  For the purposes of subsection (1), a charge is payable in relation to the registration of the following categories of vehicle:

                     (a)  a truck (type 1);

                     (b)  a truck (type 2);

                     (c)  a short combination truck;

                     (d)  a medium combination truck;

                     (e)  a long combination truck;

                      (f)  a short combination prime mover;

                     (g)  a m ulti-combination prime mover ;

                     (h)  a pig trailer;

                      (i)  a dog trailer;

                      (j)  a semi trailer;

                     (k)  a B-double lead trailer;

                      (l)  a B-triple lead trailer;

                    (m)  a B-triple middle trailer;

                     (n)  a converter dolly;

                     (o)  a low loader dolly;

                     (p)  a bus (type 1);

                     (q)  a bus (type 2);

                      (r)  an articulated bus.

4  Subsection 4(2)

Omit “motor vehicles or trailers” (wherever occurring), substitute “vehicles”.

5  At the end of section 4

Add:

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply to vehicles that have an MRC of less than or equal to 4.5 tonnes.

6  Subsection 5

Repeal the section, substitute:

5   Amount of charge

             (1)  The amount of charge in respect of the registration of a vehicle in a category referred to in subsection 4(1A) is the amount applicable under subsection (2) or (5), as the case may be.

             (2)  If the registration is for a full year, the amount of the charge is the amount for vehicles in that category in relation to the financial year in which the registration comes into force.

Note:          For the definition of financial year , see paragraph 22(1)(e) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

             (3)  For the purposes of subsection (2), the amount of the charge is the amount worked out in accordance with regulations made for the purposes of this section.

             (4)  Regulations made for the purposes of this section must implement the national charge imposed on the registration of heavy vehicles, and any adjustment process of that charge, that is agreed by the Australian Transport Council.

             (5)  If the registration is for less than a full year, the amount of the charge is the amount worked out using the formula:

where:

charge for one year means the amount that would be the charge in respect of the registration under subsection (2).

period of registration means the number of days in the period of the registration.

             (6)  If a vehicle falls within 2 or more categories of vehicle under subsection 4(1A), the charge in respect of the registration of the vehicle is the higher or highest of the charges that could apply in respect of that registration of that vehicle.

7  Section 5A

Repeal the section.

8  Subsection 6(1)

Omit “sections 5 and 5A in relation to a year”, substitute “section 5 in relation to a financial year”.

9  Subsection 6(2)

Omit “year” (wherever occurring), substitute “financial year”.

10  Section 7

After “subsection 4(2)”, insert “, section 5”.

11  Schedule

Repeal the Schedule.

12  Application of amendments

The amendments made by this Act apply in relation to the financial year beginning on 1 July 2008 and later financial years.