Motorists require action, not increased taxes

According to the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), fleets require more action in relation to congestion and unsafe rural highways as the current system is "broken".

The comments from the AAA come in response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's call for better link revenue from fleets for investment in infrastructure.

Fuel consumption and taxes are important considerations for fleet managers and the AAA believes motorists are already paying too much.

AAA Chief Executive Andrew McKellar described any additional taxes as a "grab" and that motorists aren't getting a "fair return" for what they currently pay.

In the Productivity Commission's recent Public Infrastructure inquiry, it was argued that more revenue would need to be raised to keep up with growing demand on Australian roads. This would be achieved through more taxation.

"Motoring clubs want to see a better return to motorists, not another tax grab. We urge the federal government to re-think its proposed fuel excise legislation to deliver real reform of road and transport infrastructure funding," he said.

"It is unacceptable that the current Budget measure only directly links one cent of the 39 cents per litre that motorists pay in fuel excise back to road funding."

This has been a debate that has been going on for a number of months in Australia. Back in May, the AAA expressed its disappointment in relation to the federal budget.

In that, the government announced plans to reintroduce twice-yearly increases to the fuel excise. While this issue will continue, the running costs on fleets isn't reducing and this makes it important that individual businesses do all they can in the meantime.

Fleets managers that are conscious about fuel consumption can install fleet management software that can produce reports and track fuel usage across all vehicles.

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