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Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 1991



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House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Land Transport

Purpose

To alter the factors that may be taken into account when determining the charge payable under the federal Interstate Registration Scheme and to remove the maximum limits on those charges.

Background

Refer to the Digest for the Interstate Road Transport Amendment Bill 1991.

Main Provisions

Clause 5 will repeal sub-sections 5(3), (4), (4A) and (5) of the Interstate Road Transport Charge Act 1985 (the Principal Act). Sub-section 5(3) provides that, when making regulations regarding the amount of charge, regard is only to be had to the cost and maintenance of the roads due to the damage caused by those vehicles. This reflects the previous interpretation of section 92 of the Constitution and its repeal will reflect the new interpretation (refer to the background for the Interstate Road Transport Amendment Bill 1991). The explanatory memorandum states `The purpose of the amendment is to permit the costs of road construction to be taken into account in determining levels of charges.' The other sub-sections set the maximum charge that may be imposed.

Section 6 of the Principal Act deals with the indexation of the maximum charges contained in section 5. It will be repealed by clause 4 as a consequence of the repeal of the maximum charges.

Bills Digest Service 5 June 1991

Parliamentary Research Service

For further information, if required, contact the Law and Government Group on 06 2772430, or the Economics and Commerce Group on 06 2772460.

This Digest does not have any official legal status. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.

Commonwealth of Australia 1991

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1991.