The QTA, through its participation in the ATA's Transport & Economics Policy Group gives advice to all levels of Government on the benefits of giving the road network access to high productivity vehicles, on load mass limits and the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS).
Australia’s growing freight task
The BITRE projects that Australia’s total road freight task will more than double between 1999 and 2030. The freight growth is expected to be extremely high on the shorter interstate corridors, such as Sydney to Melbourne and Sydney to Brisbane.
The road freight/trucking industry carries 75 per cent of Australia’s domestic freight (including every item on the shelves of every supermarket), that is more than two billion tonnes per year. Improvements in the industry’s efficiency, productivity and ability to deliver freight flow through the whole economy.
Trucking companies pay $2.3 billion per year in specific fuel taxes and registration charges for their use of the road system, as well as the taxes imposed on all businesses.
Trucking operators have to contend with nine different regulatory frameworks and nine different registration systems. Even where states have adopted national model laws, there are often differences in interpretation and enforcement.
Road and rail freight are complements, not competitors. Rail is well-suited to transporting bulk commodities and moving containerised freight across continental distances, although even this freight is transported by road at the start and end of its journey.
Road freight will continue to dominate the shorter transport corridors, where reliability, speed and flexibility are vitally important.
A consumer ordering an item through the internet wants it delivered the following day; a company that works on a just-in time basis needs to know that its overnight consignment of intermediate production goods will arrive in time for its first shift.