To get a true picture of how any potential changes to RUC could affect the industry, from owner drivers, small to mid-size operators, or larger national carriers, it’s vital to have different sized businesses involved. We are currently recruiting for both phases 2, and 3 of the Trials, contacting operators from as many industry sectors as possible in urban, regional, and remote areas across Australia.
Businesses across many industry sectors including refrigerated transport, removalists, general freight, forestry and logging, cranes, buses, bulk rural and livestock carriers, tankers and construction have signed on to participate.
The Trials are 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.
Phase 2 is currently underway, with participants testing a direct road user charging model based on distance (recorded using Hubodometers) and a digital 'mock' permit system. 'Mock' permits can be recharged via a web portal and will record cumulative distance and associated charges during the Trial. Further details including information on how the charging model works can be found here.
Note: There is still time to join Phase 2! If you are interested in participating, please use the contact details below.
Phase 3 participants will test a direct road user charging model based on mass, distance and location with data collected using telematics devices. ‘Mock’ invoices comparing current PAYGO charges (fuel excise and state/territory vehicle registration) to the alternative charging model will be provided each month during the Trial.
This infographic shows how the Phase 3 Trial charging model will work.
If you don't have telematics devices in your trucks, you can still join the Trial. Phase 3 participants will be provided with telematics devices which will be installed and maintained in their vehicles for the 12 months of the Trial at no cost to their business.
It is important to note that Governments have not made any decisions to change the current heavy vehicle road user charging system.
If you would like to know how you can get involved and help shape the future of heavy vehicle charging, contact the Trials team using the contact form, email National.Pilot@infrastructure.gov.au, or call us on 1800 065 113 during business hours.