Heavy Vehicle Road Reform

The ultimate goal of heavy vehicle road reform is to turn the provision of heavy vehicle road infrastructure into an economic service where feasible. This would see a market established that links heavy vehicle user needs with the level of service they receive, the charges they pay and the investment of those charges back into heavy vehicle road services.

While more direct user charging is needed to fully close the link between the needs of users and the charges they pay, there is much that can be done to improve these linkages within the current heavy vehicle charging framework (PAYGO). These 'supply side' reforms to the way governments plan, govern and invest in roads are the focus of the first three phases of the reform road map agreed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in May 2015.

Economic analysis indicates that supply side improvements provide the majority of the benefits of implementing more direct heavy vehicle user charges (estimated to be between $6.5bn and $13.3 billion in net present value over 20 years (7% discount rate), depending on the system). More details about the reform are outlined in the brochure below.

Consultation on proposed changes to how heavy vehicle charges are set and invested

In November 2019, the Council asked for public consultation on proposed changes to how heavy vehicle charges are set and invested.

Views gained from the consultations will inform decisions on the reforms by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in 2020-21.

More information on the consultations is available at www.infrfastructure.gov.au/roads/heavy/proposed-changes-consultation.aspx

Independent price regulation of heavy vehicle charges

In November 2017, the Council asked for a COAG Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) to be developed to inform a decision on whether to implement independent price regulation.

A copy of the final RIS is available at ris.pmc.gov.au/2019/12/17/independent-price-regulation-heavy-vehicle-charges