Bills Digest No. 148  1999-2000Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 2000


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CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Main Provisions
Endnotes
Contact Officer & Copyright Details

Passage History

Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 2000

Date Introduced: 8 March 2000

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Transport and Regional Services

Commencement: On a day to be fixed by proclamation, or failing that 1 January 2001.

Purpose

To bring registration charges for federally registered heavy vehicles into line with updated charges for State and Territory registered vehicles.

Background

This Bill is one of three Bills intended to update national heavy vehicle registration charges.(1)

The Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Amendment Bill 2000 contains updated charges for heavy vehicles registered in the ACT and forms the template for setting consistent annual national registration charges across all States and Territories. However neither it nor the equivalent State and Northern Territory legislation covers vehicles registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme. Charges for these vehicles are levied under the Interstate Road Transport Charge Act 1985. The Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 2000 incorporates the updated charges into the 1985 Act so as to apply them to federally registered heavy vehicles.

Background on the heavy vehicle registration charge can be found in Bills Digest no. 146 1999-2000.

Main Provisions

Schedule 1

Items 3-32 amend existing technical definitions relating to heavy vehicle types and specifications or insert new definitions to bring them into line with definitions contained in the Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Amendment Bill 2000.

Item 33 repeals the existing charges and substitutes a set of new charges applicable to heavy vehicles according to class of vehicle, weight, number of axles etc.

Item 34 provides that if the Act commences on or before 1 July 2000, the new charges start from 1 July, but otherwise they start when the Act commences.

Endnotes

  1. The others are the Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Amendment Bill 2000 and the Interstate Road Transport Amendment Bill 2000.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Angus Martyn
6 April 2000
Bills Digest Service
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