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NatRoad on Federal Budget

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has welcomed Federal Budget measures, which have the potential to improve the safety and efficiency of the road transport industry.

“Spending to reduce congestion in our cities has the potential to reduce expensive delays for operators, particularly in terms of the frustrating last mile access to ports, airports and freight hubs,” said NatRoad CEO, Warren Clark.

NatRoad has commended the $3.5 billion for upgrading key freight corridors in regional Australia and the significant funding for road infrastructure throughout the country.

“We would like to ensure that this funding is accompanied by a commitment from state and local governments to improve road access for high productivity and oversize/overmass vehicles,” said Clark.

We know permit delays and differences between jurisdictions cause unnecessary confusion and costs for road transport operators.

“Our members have horror stories, such as being able to get a permit for both ends of a road, but not the middle. The current system is broken and we want to see it fixed,” he said.

Continuation of the Ten Year Enterprise Tax Plan, which will eventually see all businesses only subject to a tax rate of 25 per cent, and extension of the instant asset write-down for small businesses will reportedly benefit operators, including owner drivers and small fleet operators.

“We are particularly pleased the speculated scrapping of the fuel tax credit scheme, which we strongly opposed, did not come to pass,” said Clark.

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