New heavy vehicle road charging trial

The Federal Government has begun the first of a series of trials for possible road user charging options for heavy vehicles.

More than 10 heavy vehicle operators of varying sizes and more than 100 vehicles will be used in the initial trial, Assistant Minister for Road Safety, Scott Buchholz, said.

“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is collaborating with the heavy vehicle industry, community stakeholders and all levels of government to gain a genuine understanding of a potential alternative system of heavy vehicle road user charging,” he said.

“Similar approaches to heavy vehicle charging reforms are being explored worldwide, including in Europe and the United States.”

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said a final decision on how to collect heavy vehicle charges might be part of future Heavy Vehicle Road Reform.

“These decisions are likely to be a number of years away and will take on board the real-life experience of industry following a full evaluation of the trials.”

A larger trial which could involve up to 1,000 vehicles is due to begin in early 2020.