Future of heavy vehicle road user charges

A Regulation Impact Statement looking at options for different ways to set heavy vehicle road user charges has been released for comment.

The Transport and Infrastructure Council of COAG agreed in November 2017 to assess the costs and benefits of independent price regulation and a forward-looking cost base which would provide a more transparent way of setting charges.

Heavy vehicle operators currently pay for access to public roads through the federally managed fuel-based road user charge and state government vehicle registration fees, with charges frozen for a number of years.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher, said governments are working to reform the way heavy vehicle charges are set with the aim of improving efficiency and productivity for the heavy vehicle sector.

“The current reform process aims to improve customer focus, linking heavy vehicle operators' needs with the level of service they receive, the charges they pay and increasing the share of those charges invested back into road services,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Stakeholder feedback on the Regulation Impact Statement will be important in helping to inform a decision by governments on the way forward for heavy vehicle road user charges.

“I encourage industry and heavy vehicle operators to carefully consider the proposed changes in the Regulation Impact Statement and have their say.”

Consultation closes on 31 August 2018. View the Regulation Impact Statement and have your say at www.marsdenjacob.com.au/hvrr-phase-2