Grey nomads will be hit hard by the changes to 4WD towing laws. Picture: Zak Simmonds
Grey nomads will be hit hard by the changes to 4WD towing laws. Picture: Zak Simmonds

Grey nomads still under the pump with motorhome tax

MY STORY last week about the Palaszczuk Government's brazen attack on grey nomads caused quite a stir. Slugging retirees extra money to buy new high-powered utes that can tow their caravans was never a good idea.

When Transport Minister Mark Bailey came out and blamed the Federal Government, he took disingenuity to another level.

This is the bloke who refused to engage with key stakeholders in the lead-up to the implementation of the new codes on September 4. When his ruse was exposed, he blamed everyone except himself. Par for the course, these days.

Bailey quickly backed down, saying "there will be no changes to the towing laws in Queensland''. Bravo.

But there's a rub. Caravanning Queensland is satisfied at this stage with Bailey's statement and the State Government on their position on towing changes. But the industry still has concerns about the Government targeting and unnecessarily disadvantaging the industry through the new luxury vehicle tax.

They point out the luxury vehicle tax goes against Bailey's statement that the Government will "absolutely reject any changes that unnecessarily disadvantage Queensland drivers or our wider state economy''.

The Government's decision to increase luxury vehicle taxes in Queensland will affect local industry and motorhome owners. Caravanning Queensland general manager Jason Plant says it's not realistic to put a motorhome in the same class as a Ferrari or Lamborghini.

Read the full story at the Courier Mail


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