The National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot (NHVCP) is exploring fairer ways to fund Australia's roads in the future, through a series of on-road trials. The NHVCP is testing different ways to charge heavy vehicles for their road usage based on the weight of the vehicle and distance travelled.
Current charges are based on an annual registration fee and a fuel excise (PAYGO). The National Pilot is exploring two alternative methods of Road User charges—with the first method being a manual system using hubodometers and mock permits and the second method is testing an automated system using telematics and mock invoices.
The Government has co-designed and continues to engage with industry on the on‑road trials, providing an opportunity for industry to inform and shape future policy.
It is important to note that no decisions have been made to change the way heavy vehicle road user charges are collected. Any decisions made by governments to move to a new way to charge heavy vehicles would be informed by the results of the trials and undertaken in consultation with industry.
To get a true picture of how any potential changes to road user charges could affect the industry, it's vital to have different sized businesses involved.
Phase 3 is currently underway, with operators from many industry sectors participating, including businesses from urban, regional and remote areas across Australia.
However, if you are interested in participating please contact us as your contribution could be beneficial, including an opportunity to test how an alternative approach to road user charging might affect your business in real time, and directly contribute to informing government decisions with your feedback.
Participation in the NHVCP is voluntary, trials are delivered in a test environment and no money will be collected. Existing heavy vehicle charges will continue to apply.
If you are interested in participating contact us by:
- Completing our simple sign me up form
- Email National.Pilot@infrastructure.gov.au
- Call us on 1800 065 113 during business hours.
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