WA action on council local road charging


Concerted effort looks to bear fruit and sees end of access condition

WA action on council local road charging
Cam Dumesny

 

Western Roads Federation (WRF) has congratulated the work of Main Roads WA and the WA Local Government Association in working to resolve local government road user charging.

The issue has been a point of strong concern for the industry at a time when unilateral and what it views as unwarranted access charges have spread and increased following their imposition by container stevedores.

Main Roads WA has moved to dispense with Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) permit condition CA07 following representations pointing to their misuse but will look to develop a regime that keeps councils in the game rather than allowing unfettered access.

As Main Roads explains it, CA07 is a condition of access it applies through a Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) Permit or Order, which requires transport operators to obtain a ‘letter of agreement’ from the council involved to access specific local roads. 

Without the letter of agreement, the transport operator is not meeting the condition of access and is consequently breaching the permit or order and is not legally allowed access to the local road. 


Read the ATA’s protest against imposts on the industry, here


"Industry has advised that, in some cases, local governments have used the CA07 condition as a mechanism to charge Transport Operators for access to particular local roads," the department states in an update. 

"Main Roads intends removing the CA07 condition as it was never intended to be used for this purpose.

"However, Main Roads understands the need for Local Governments to maintain some level of access control on local roads under their management to ensure the roads are not left in disrepair. 

"Businesses which are large generators of heavy vehicle traffic can cause significant damage to local roads.  In such cases, it is in the best interest of the traffic generator and respective local government to agree arrangements which will allow the road to handle the additional heavy vehicle traffic."

WRF has acknowledges that local governments need to have some level of awareness of RAV access to their networks in order to meet asset management needs.

"This has been a complex issue and one that could only be achieved through genuine goodwill on the part of Main Roads, local government and our effected Western Roads Federation members," WRF CEO Cam Dumesny says.

"Main Roads, Local Government and Western Roads Federation are continuing to collaborate on an alternative to the CA07 that enables local government to meet the needs of road asset monitoring.

"Western Roads Federation acknowledges the constructive manner in which our members worked through this process and the strong support received by LRTA-WA and WA Farmers Federation."

 

 

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