While the AAA understands that the primary objective of the national fuel quality standards is to reduce vehicle emissions, it is essential that operability factors are also addressed and included in the standard where a definite benefit to motorists can be demonstrated.
In terms of their effects on economic efficiency, equity, the environment and revenue raising, existing fuel taxation arrangements have many shortcomings. In particular they confuse revenue raising objectives with objectives of efficient resource allocation.
AAA considers that the ACCC has a much larger role to play in the collection, analysis and timely publication of petrol price information and that this could complement the information already provided by AAA and its Constituent Clubs.
There is no doubt that in order to achieve Australia’s road safety goals, significant developments are needed to ensure best practice is applied in vehicle crashworthiness and occupant and pedestrian safety. Australia leads the world in the area of child restraint anchorages and we believe should maintain this approach to other areas of safety where the benefits can be clearly demonstrated.
The AAA concurs with the principle that fuel standards should be used to manage those fuel qualities/parameters that are known to have the potential to impact adversely on the environment.