Government seeks input from heavy vehicle industry

The Federal Government has invited the heavy-vehicle industry to submit proposals on how best to trial a user-pays system for delivering the road infrastructure needed to improve freight networks in Australia.

The Business Case Program for Location-Specific Heavy Vehicle Charging Trials opened on 21 August 2018 and seeks industry-driven proposals on how best to trial a system designed to fund upgrades to the road freight network and eliminate pinch points.

This Business Case Program puts stakeholders connected to the heavy vehicle industry at the centre of the infrastructure planning process.

Heavy vehicle operators are being encouraged to explore how they can help improve a particular route or network by paying a fair and equitable user charge.

Work is also progressing with industry on designing options to trial the possible replacement of heavy vehicle registration fees and fuel charges at the national level, through a related initiative—the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot.

A range of stakeholders connected to the road freight sector are eligible to submit a proposal to develop a business case by 21 September 2018.For more information visit: https://infrastructure.gov.au/roads/heavy/charging-trials/business-case.aspx

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