The National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot is an innovative partnership between industry and government testing direct user charging options for heavy vehicles through a series of on-road Trials (the Trials). The Trials are an opportunity for participants to test how an alternative approach to road user charging might affect their business in real time, and directly contribute to informing government decisions with their feedback. Participation is voluntary, and as the Trials will be run in test conditions, no money will be exchanged.
It is important to note that governments have not made any decisions to change the current heavy vehicle road user charging system.
The Small Scale Trial
A small-scale 'proof of concept' trial was run over 6 months in 2019-20. The small scale trial demonstrated that a more direct road user charging model could be trialled more broadly, with participants supporting testing of alternative charging models and data collection technology.
After consultation with industry and an evaluation of this small-scale trial, larger scale trials with up to 100 businesses and over 1000 vehicles were planned.
Large Scale Trials
Larger scale Trials are being run over three phases. Participating businesses can take part in 1, 2 or all 3 phases of the Trials. A timeline of the large scale Trials can be found here
Phase 1 ran over three months, completed in February 2021. Phase 1 tested a distance based road user charge, and in response to industry feedback, a co-designed 'mock' invoice.
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.
Phase 3 participants will test a direct road user charging model based on mass, distance and location with data collected via 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. Further details including information on how the charging model works in Phase 3 can be found here.
Participants are provided hubodometers and telematics devices at no cost for the duration of the Trials.
Both Phase 2 and 3 of the Trials are being independently evaluated by Deloitte.
If you are interested in being part of Phase 2 or 3 of the Trials you can contact the National Pilot team using the contact form, by emailing National.Pilot@infrastructure.gov.au or by calling 1800 065 113 during business hours.