Tariff Cut a Good Result for Motorists
Australia's peak motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has congratulated the Federal Government for cutting vehicle tariffs to 5 per cent as part of its new car plan announced today in response to the Bracks' Review of the Australian Automotive Industry.
But the AAA, which represents Australia's motoring clubs and their 6.5 million motoring members, has called on the Government to place a greater emphasis on vehicle safety in its $6.2 billion plan to make the automotive industry more economically and environmentally sustainable by 2020.
AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris, said the incentives provided to the industry to produce cleaner, greener cars should also have focussed on safety.
"The Government has moved to provide a stimulus for the industry which we welcome, but there is still more that can be done in the interests of Australian motorists," Mr Harris said.
"We welcome the move to cut tariffs on imported vehicles from 10 to 5 per cent, in line with the existing car plan – this will provide the market with cheaper imported vehicles and give consumers greater choice and more cost-effective options in making their new car purchase.
"But, as AAA and the motoring clubs have indicated in their submission to the Bracks' Review and when the Review findings were released, the focus and funding for production under the Green Car Innovation Fund seems to overlook safety issues, which AAA research has shown is a major issue for new car buyers.
"This vital aspect of new car production needs to be encouraged and actively promoted by the government, and we hope the government is looking at this aspect."