Improved fuel safety hailed by the trucking industry
Passing the Fuel Safety Bills in the Federal Parliament this week will improve Australia’s fuel safety and keep the trucking industry on the move in the event of an emergency, according to the Australian Trucking Association.
The Fuel Security Bill 2021 and the Fuel Security (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2021 follow extensive lobbying by the Australian Trucking Association and will improve Australia’s transport fuel stocks and support continued domestic production of fuel.
“Liquids and diesel fuel are essential to the Australian economy, 98% of the transport sector’s energy comes from liquid fuels. Despite this, Australia has dangerously low fuel stocks with only 20 days of diesel consumption coverage ”, AT CEO Andrew McKellar said.
“The AT and its members have campaigned on fuel safety since 2014 and today’s announcement is an important victory for the industry, ”he said.
The invoices will establish a minimum storage obligation (MSO) which will require fuel importers and refiners to maintain a minimum level of transportation fuels, including diesel. the MSO will begin in July 2022, with a 40% increase in diesel inventory from 2024. The invoices also establish a payment for fuel safety services (FSSP) to support national refineries.
“This will strengthen the ability of the trucking industry to withstand major fuel disruptions and can maintain Australia’s supply in the event of an emergency,” McKellar said.
“Combined with the government’s $ 200 million program to build a new home diesel storage facility, this is a big boost in fuel safety. “
The government should now advance the planned review of the Liquid Fuels Emergency Guidelines 2008 and article 47 of the Liquid Fuels Emergency Act 1984 to ensure that trucking companies cannot be sued for prioritizing customers in accordance with government policy during a fuel safety emergency.
“Under the current rules, trucking companies would face legal uncertainty if the government expected the government to prioritize the delivery of particular goods, such as food, during a fuel starvation,” McKellar said.
“Delivery contracts in the trucking industry generally do not allow for the delay or non-delivery of contract work due to a fuel shortage or government directives to prioritize a particular type of delivery for the health, safety or well-being of the whole community, ”he said