National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot

National Pilot, help shape the future of heavy vehicle charging

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.

Phase 3

Phase 3 is currently underway, with operators from many industry sectors participating, including businesses from urban, regional and remote areas across Australia.

To get a true picture of how any potential changes to road user charges could affect the industry, it has been vital to have different sized businesses involved.

If you are interested in receiving further information on the Pilot please contact us. At present we are not accepting further participants. Participation in the NHVCP was voluntary, trials are being delivered in a test environment and no money has been collected. Existing heavy vehicle charges will continue to apply throughout the Pilot.

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