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Legislating for better and safer roads.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Anthony Albanese MP Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

25 September 2008 AA138/2008


The Rudd Labor Government has moved to ensure all trucking operators pay share of the cost of constructing and maintaining the nation's road network -implement measures which would improve safety for all road users.

Despite unanimous agreement from all the governments of Australia, in Marc Coalition used its numbers in the Senate to block our previous attempt to cha Road User Charge and implement new, uniform heavy vehicle registration ch

That's why I have today introduced into the Parliament the Interstate Road T Charge Amendment Bill (No 2) 2008 and Road Charges Legislation Repeal an Amendment Bill 2008.

Without the changes contained in the legislation, the heaviest vehicles - nam that do the most damage to our roads - will continue to be subsidised by the small trucks and taxpayers.

The legislation will reduce registration charges for a quarter of all heavy vehi

It will also lift the Road User Charge for heavy vehicles to 21 cents per litre f January 2009. This small increase reflects the fact that since the last change charge in 2001, spending by all levels of governments has risen by 33 per ce

The new Road User Charge is about make sure the trucking industry pays its for the road infrastructure it uses - a principle adopted by previous Federal governments.

At the same time the Rudd Labor Government remains committed to using s additional revenue raised through the new charges to implement a $70 millio Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

The Program will fund the construction of more rest stops; the trial of techno monitor a driver's work hours and vehicle speed; and projects that will expan number of roads that can be used by the bigger trucks.

The Government has already consulted with industry as well as state and ter governments on how best to spend the $70 million. However, this funding is



on the passage of bills which I've introduced today.

Media Contacts

Jeff Singleton ( Mr Albanese's Office ) 0410 476 890