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ALRTA seeks lower road user charge increase

Instead, the association says it wants to continue with the previously agreed upon 2.5 per cent rate increase

The Australian Livestock & Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has responded to the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) heavy vehicle charges consultation report.

The Infrastructure and Transport Minister’s meeting resulted in a proposal to increase heavy vehicle registration and the road user charge by 2.75 per cent in 2022-23.

In response, the ALRTA says it doesn’t support the proposed road user charge increase and instead recommends a lower increase of 2.5 per cent.

The ALRTA also recommends that Federal governments are required to consult with peak road freight associations about the nature and quality of regional roadworks funded by heavy vehicle charges.

Another recommendation from the association is that Federal governments accelerate work on multi-year price pathing scenarios that aim to return to fair cost recovery in a reasonable period without threatening the viability of road transport businesses.

In a refusal of the NTC’s road user charge report, the ALRTA says it continues to support the long-standing principle of fair cost recovery via PAYGO.


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However, it considers an increase to the charges of 2.75 per cent to be excessive in the current economic circumstances.

The 2.5 per cent road user charge increase was flagged by governments and agreed to by the industry over a year ago, with many road transport businesses anticipating and adapting to this increase in heavy vehicle charges at the level.

The ALRTA says the potential delaying of the charging increase would mean a far steeper increase would be necessary in future years, as it supports a smooth transition back to fair cost recovery instead.

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