Sustainable Transport

MX: Tax relief ticket cuts in sight for commuters

By June 5, 2006No Comments

Melbourne’s MX newspaper has reported on the latest efforts to provide much needed taxation incentives for public transport users.

Australia’s top transport brass voted unanimously at the weekend for an inquiry into tax breaks for train, tram and bus passengers.

If approved, monthly and yearly tickets could be eligible as tax deductions.

Taxation reform is required to ensure that commuters who use public transport are provided with similar taxation incentives to commuters that drive cars. The current inequitable arrangements strongly disadvantage public transport commuters.

Public Transport Users Association spokesman Alex Makin welcomed the idea, but said disincentives for motorists were needed as well as commuter incentives.

“Fringe benefits tax provides an incentive to use your car for as much mileage as possible, and that obviously hampers efforts to encourage public transport users,” he said.

Given the unanimous backing from the participants within the Australian Transport Council it is crucial that the Federal Government legislate to ensure taxation equity between car drivers and public transport commuters.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email: alex@alexmakin.com.au

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