Hikes delayed: NSW offers rego reprieve to bus operators

By: Jason Whittaker


New South Wales bus operators have won a reprieve on registration hikes, with the State delaying increases until next year. Roads

New South Wales bus operators have won a reprieve on registration hikes, with the State delaying increases until next year.

Roads Minister Michael Daley has announced the national increases to heavy vehicle registration fees will be delayed until January 1, 2010.

Daley made the decision after consulting with the Road Freight Advisory Council, which is made up of government and industry representatives.

"The council has advised that a six month freeze would give operators time to adjust to the changes and in light of the global financial crisis, I believe that’s fair," Daley says.

"The last thing we want is to place an unnecessary burden on our freight operators at a time when many operators are already doing it tough."

The higher charges will be introduced as part of the National Charging Reform Heavy Vehicle Determination.

Daley says 90 percent of small trucks will pay a 3.2 percent increase, but larger combinations will need to pay more due to the damage they cause to the road network.

"These reforms will affect 150,000 heavy vehicles and trailers registered in NSW and we want to make sure heavy vehicle drivers aren’t hit hard by the changes," Daley says.

The government also plans on running an information campaign in the lead-up to the new fees to ensure the industry is aware of the changes.

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