Industry reminder on road charging Trials Business Case Program

McCormack says deadline for second intake is imminent

Industry reminder on road charging Trials Business Case Program
Michael McCormack


Those interested in the federal government’s Trials Business Case Program for location-specific heavy vehicle charging trials have until tomorrow to press their claims.

Federal transport minister Michael McCormack has reminded stakeholders that the second intake of the Trials Business Case Program closes soon.

Local Governments and the heavy vehicle industry are again invited to submit their proposals by the February 15 deadline, McCormack emphasises.

The program is looking at ways to boost productivity and efficiencies on local freight routes.

Industry examples of where higher levels of service could be delivered through measures such as increased access, relaxation of operating restrictions such as curfews and improved road conditions are invaluable to this process.

Rroad users, businesses and other stakeholders with first-hand experience and knowledge of freight networks are at the centre of the planning process and their input is vital to delivering the best outcomes.

Read how the initial call for involvement was made, here

"Road freight is the engine of our economy and roads are our most valuable infrastructure asset," McCormack says.

"The Australian government is investing in a record $75 billion 10-year infrastructure plan throughout the nation with a focus on road safety and road efficiency improvements, getting people home sooner and safer.

"That’s why we want to work closely with our vital industry bodies, operators and users, as well as our vast and experienced local governments, to develop business cases investigating the potential benefits of heavy vehicle charging trials for industry.

"Whether you’re a heavy vehicle operator, represent a Local Government or work for an industry peak body, we want to hear from you.

"This unique opportunity allows industry and government to work together to improve heavy vehicle access and reduce operating costs for users."

McCormack underlines that the program is about providing the heavy vehicle industry with the option to participate in location-specific heavy vehicle charging trials.

The type and level of a charge for a location-specific heavy vehicle charging trial will depend on the findings from a business case and industry feedback. Any industry participation in a trial will be voluntary.

More details can be found here.


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