Farmers and trucking companies will face rising fees after this week’s federal budget and may be forced to pass them on to consumers, groups warn.
Grocery prices are set to rise again, truck groups warn
Australians could be forced to pay significantly more for fruit, vegetables, milk and other groceries over the next three years due to rising trucking fees.
Transport and farming groups also warn the increased Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge, which is expected to raise a further $1.1 billion over four years, could force some businesses to close.
Introduced in 2006, the impost applies to each litre of diesel used by trucks, buses and coaches, and was created to fund road maintenance and repairs.
Federal, state and territory transport ministers voted to increase the fee six per cent each year for the next three years – a charge detailed in the federal budget this week.