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The attached statement, originally issued in April, provides

background information on some of the matters being raised by

the group involved in the blockade.

The reforms set out were introduced after detailed consultation

with State Governments and transport industry bodies.

Peter Morris MHR Minister for Transport and Communications Support

Canberra 26 April 1988



Implementation of the second stage of the Federal Government’s "fast track" reform package, which has given the road transport industry a new deal, will commence on 1 July.

The Minister for Transport and Communications Support, Peter Morris, announcing the new registration charges for Federally registered vehicles today, said the package included:

. The revised registration charges, including new categories to allow vehicles to operate to higher vehicle weights (42.5 tonnes).

. A lOOkm/h speed limit for heavy vehicles (excluding road trains) outside built up areas.

. Revised driving hours in the eastern mainland States.

. Banning of smoking on interstate buses.

"The reforms are being implemented with all of the mainland States having agreed to them and Tasmania requiring more time to consider them," Mr Morris said. "The reforms are strongly supported by the road transport industry."

The second stage package follows on from the implementation from 1 January 1987 of the "fast track" package of reforms which inc1uded:

. Introduction of the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme.

. Establishment of the Australian Road Freight Advisory Committee to advise the Minister on road transport matters.

. Initial increase in heavy vehicle speed limits outside built up areas from 80 km/h to 90 km/h.

. Introduction of graduated licensing. This requires drivers to gain experience on a range of smaller trucks and to show that they can safely handle the bigger interstate trucks before they are licensed for them.

"Both packages are aimed at improving the efficiency, equity, professionalism and safety of the road transport industry," Mr Morris said. / 2


"In addition, the reforms will assist in the structural adjustment of the industry and aid the domestic and export competitiveness of Australian goods.

"The introduction of new vehicle categories under the Federal Scheme will increase productivity by allowing Federal vehicles to operate at uniform weights across the nation for the first time.

"The new registration charges and vehicle mass categories follow the release in October 1987 of the Inter-State Commission (ISC) report which reviewed Federal registration charges.

"The level of charges to apply from 1 July 1988 are a further step in the process of leading to a uniform approach to a fair contribution to road costs generated by the operation of heavy vehicles .

"For the first time in our history we will have uniform national 1oad 1imi t s .

"A three axle prime mover operating up to 38 tonnes will be charged $1,000, while all trailers will be charged $250.

"A new category has been established which will allow three axle prime movers to operate up to a weight of 42.5 tonnes, with the charge for this category of vehicle being $3,135, with a ceiling built into the legislation of $5,000.

"All money collected for Federal registration charges will continue to be returned to the States and Territories for the maintenance and upkeep of roads used by interstate vehicles.

"The increase to lOOkm/h for heavy vehicles outside built up areas will take effect from 1 July. The new speed limit should reduce the need for cars to overtake hence improving road safety.

"The new limit will be strictly enforced.

"New driving hours arrangements will be implemented by the eastern mainland States in the latter half of 1988 and will be enforced through an enhanced logbook system.

"Maximum daily driving hours have been set at 15 with a weekly total of 75 hours. These revised arrangements are only minor but they provide for greater flexibility and efficiency in operation.

"They also provide for the introduction of a realistic base on which enforcement can be carried out."


Mr Morris said the importance of the road transport industry to the national economy was shown by the fact that three quarters of Australian freight was handled by the industry at some stage of its movement.

"The reforms initiated by the Federal Government are making the road transport industry more efficient and greatly improving its safety record," Mr Morris said.

Attached is full schedule of charges for Federal registered vehicles to apply from 1 July 1988.




Class of vehicle

Charge per km (cents)

Annual imputed distance (km)

Annual charge (imputed distanc

amount) ($)

1 . Buses, two axles with GVM

over 4.5 tonnes and up to 13.9 tonnes 0.114 175 000 200

over 13.9 tonnes and up to 15 tonnes

0.200 250 000 500

2. Buses, three or more axles, with GVM

over 4.5 tonnes and up to 20.4 tonnes 0.186 350 000 650

over 20.4 tonnes and up to 22.5 tonnes

0.231 350 000 810

3. Prime movers, two axles, with GCM

4.5 tonnes and up to 31.9 tonnes 0.458 120 000 550

over 31.9 tonnes and up to 35 tonnes

0. 700 120 000 840

4. Prime movers, three or more axles, with GCM •

up to 38 tonnes over 38 tonnes

0.571 1.650

175 000 190 000

1 000

3 135

5. Motor cars, utility trucks, panel vans, station wagons and rigid trucks and buses up to 4.5 tonnes GVM 0.150 50 000 75


Annual ’ charge (imputed

Charge imputed distance

per km distance amount)

.Class of vehicle (cents) (km) ($)

6. Rigid vehicles, two axles, with GVM

over 4.5 tonnes and up to 13.9 tonnes 0.375 40 000 150

over 13.9 tonnes and up to 15 tonnes

1.200 40 000 480

7. Rigid vehicles, three or more axles, with GVM

over 4.5 tonnes and up to 20.4 tonnes 0. 700 50 000 350

over 20.4 tonnes and up to 22.5 tonnes

1.250 70 000 875

8. All trailers, howsoever described 0. 250 100 000 250

Operators have the option of simply paying the annual charge based on ai imputed distance or installing an approved distance measuring device an< claiming a rebate for the difference between imputed and actual distance travelled.