National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot

March 13, 2018

The Australian Government is establishing a National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot to investigate replacing the current heavy vehicle charging system (PAYGO) with a direct user charging system.  PAYGO, which combines fuel-based road-user charges and heavy vehicle registration fees, is not working effectively. This means that it is getting harder for governments to fund the road services you need.

NatRoad welcomes this initiative. We have been lobbying for a fairer, more transparent system of charging that reflects the actual costs heavy vehicles impose on the road network and the road investments that heavy vehicles need to improve productivity in the road freight sector.

The first phase of the National Pilot will involve desktop modelling and a survey of user charges and telematics.  The second stage, due to start in mid-2018, will involve operators trialling simulated charging. These stages will not involve any actual payments or require changes to legislation.

Through the trials, heavy vehicle operators will have a chance to experience how a new charging system would operate, and can provide feedback on what works well, and what needs improvement. It will also be an opportunity to test, in the real world, concerns about issues such as technology, data and privacy, charges on non-economic roads and compliance costs of a new system. Participation is voluntary and will be open to heavy vehicle operators across Australia.

If you are interested in participating in the second stage of the National Pilot, please contact Julia Collins at NatRoad on 02 6295 3000.

Further information on the National Pilot is available here.