Trucking in the tent on heavy vehicle charges

Governments agree to appoint industry representative to the board of the group responsible for proposing reforms to heavy vehicle charges

Trucking in the tent on heavy vehicle charges
Trucking in the tent on heavy vehicle charges
November 9, 2012

The country’s transport ministers have agreed on a move to give the trucking industry a direct say in how a new heavy vehicle charging scheme is developed.

The Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) today acceded to industry demands for a trucking representative to be appointed to the board of the Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment (HVCI) body.

A communique from today's meeting says the appointment will "ensure full industry engagement".

A regulation impact statement outlining the charging options will go before the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) for consideration late next year.

Meanwhile, ministers also confirmed support for a two-stage review and determination of charges.

"The first stage will focus on the development of policy options for consideration by the Standing Council at its first meeting in 2013," the communique says.

"The second stage will build on the outcomes of the first and present specific advice to the Standing Council on new heavy vehicle charges that would be implemented from 1 July 2014."

SCOTI has pledged industry and stakeholder consultation during both stages.

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) recently called for industry representation on the HVCI board to improve the level of trust, transparency and consultation on charges. The HVCI board is made up mainly of state and territory bureaucrats.

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