Heavy vehicle road use charges under scrutiny
Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said no decisions had been made to change the way heavy vehicle charges were collected.
The first stage of the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot would provide a way to test potential alternatives, well ahead of any decisions being taken, he said.
“The heavy vehicle on-road trials will be delivered as part of broader Heavy Vehicle Road Reform, which is about creating stronger links between road usage, charges and services for road users,” Mr McCormack said.
An initial small scale trial will assess an alternative form of heavy vehicle charging using mock invoices generated by on-board technology that measures the distance travelled by heavy vehicles.
It will involve up to 111 vehicles from up to 11 heavy vehicle operators.
Planning is also underway for a large-scale on-road trial during 2020.
Up to 100 businesses and 1000 heavy vehicles are expected to be involved in this trial. It will not involve payment of charges and will test a wider range of alternative charging approaches.
Further information about the National Pilot On-Road Trials can be accessed at www.infrastructure.gov.au/nationalpilot.
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