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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 6079..


regulation. Existing government awards provide limited remuneration, resulting in this level of expertise being difficult to attract.

7) Engaging contract staff is a measure which has previously been applied. However because contractors need an extensive level of additional on the job training to enable them to address all relevant safety aspects associated with such electrical installations, it can take a couple of months before they are fully effective. Further, this training requires existing inspectors to be taken off-line for considerable periods of time. The Government has provided additional funding to ESDD to recruit full time inspectors as noted in 5 above.

Motor vehicles—registration (Question No 1915)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 27 October 2011 (redirected to the Attorney-General):

(1) Does the ACT Government provide any discounts on vehicle registration to Class A (green) vehicles.

(2) How does the ACT Government make any allowance for the increased weight of some Class A vehicles in registration fees.

(3) What consideration has the Government given to reducing vehicle registration fees for vehicles that drove a small amount of kilometres during the previous registration year.

(4) What incentives does the ACT Government currently provide for people to buy and use Class A vehicles.

Mr Corbell - Assuming that the Class A (green) vehicles the Member is asking about is the A-rated vehicle under the Taxation Administration (Amounts Payable - Motor Vehicle Duty) Determination 2010 (No 2), the answers to the Members questions are as follows:

(1) The ACT Government does not currently provide vehicle registration discounts to these vehicles. The ACT Government does, however, provide a registration discount of 20% to vehicles that are fully electric (not hybrid) vehicles and vehicles built or modified to operate on automotive gas (Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)).

(2) The ACT's light vehicle registration fees are mass based and do not take account of the technology of the motive power, whether that be petrol, diesel, automotive gas, hybrid, or electric. The mass of a vehicle provides a reasonable measure of the damage that the vehicle will cause to infrastructure and more environmentally friendly vehicles that are heavier than less environmentally friendly vehicles will cause more damage than the less environmentally friendly vehicle.

(3) Registration is a charge for availability of access to the road network, and provides access 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The decision to access that infrastructure is a decision of the owner driver of the vehicle. As indicated previously, registration fees in the ACT for light vehicles are mass based, and no allowance is made for vehicles that only travel a small number of kilometres.

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