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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 136

(Question No. 727)

Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 28 November 1985:

(1) Will the distribution of the collections amongst the States from the operation of the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 take into account the following-

(a) the existing states of the roads;

(b) the climate of the area;

(c) special weather conditions; and

(d) other factors.

(2) Has there been any work as yet on a distribution formula.

(3) Will Federal registration fees be payable by all Government Trading Authorities, State and Federal.

(4) Is there provision for anything less than full recovery; if so, where is this provision in the Act.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Section 23 (3) of the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 specifies that the distribution of payments from the Trust Fund to the States should reflect the damage done to each State's roads by registered motor vehicles and trailers operating under the Act. Accordingly, to the extent that they impact on road damage, such factors as those referred to in the question will be taken into account.

(2) Yes. Preliminary work has been commenced by the Federal Department of Transport but a formula has not yet been determined.

(3) All non-exempt Government Trading Authorities will be subject to the provisions of the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 and the Interstate Road Transport Charge Act 1985.

(4) Section 5 (3) of the Interstate Road Transport Charge Act 1985 provides that registration charges may recover no more than the road maintenance and upkeep costs resulting from damage done by registered motor vehicles or trailers. Subject to that constraint there is no legislative requirement which determines the rate of cost recovery that will be achieved.