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ATA opposes radio ban

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has opened consultations on the use of 40 channel truck radios. Use of these radios is currently set to become illegal after 30 June, 2017.

The Government imposed this time limit in 2011 to reduce congestion with the use of this equipment.

TheAustralian Trucking Association (ATA) has raised the issue with the Federal Government on the impact this may have on the trucking industry, and the need to keep the equipment in use.

"The Government is now proposing to extend the use of this equipment beyond 30 June 2017, and remove the limitation on the interlinking of CB repeaters," the ATA said in a statement.

"ACMA considers that other changes in 2011 have already reduced congestion, and maintaining the time limit would be an unnecessary burden on users.

"The ATA will be making a submission on the future use of 40 channel truck radios, and we want your comments and views on use of this equipment."

According to the ATA, concerned parties can provide feedback through their respective member associations.

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