NTC opens charging proposal to public feedback


Consultation paper explores TIC cost increase recommendation

NTC opens charging proposal to public feedback
Industry input is being sought on heavy vehicle charges

 

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is seeking feedback on the Transport and Infrastructure Council's (TIC's) heavy vehicle charge increase proposal over the next two years.

It released the Heavy vehicle charges consultation report exploring the issues presented by the flagged increases to heavy vehicle registration and road user charges.

The preference of the TIC at its meeting in late November was a 2.5 per cent increase per year for the next two years.


Read how the TIC came to its heavy vehicle charge recommendation, here


"The purpose of this report is to support public consultation on a Transport and Infrastructure Council preference to increase heavy vehicle charges for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 years," the report outlines.

"This is in response to the end of a two-year period where heavy vehicle charges were frozen, which expires on 30 June 2020.

"The NTC estimates that to ensure governments recover the amount spent on providing roads to heavy vehicles in 2018–19, current heavy vehicle charges would need to rise by 11.4 per cent for 2020–21.

"If no decision is taken by the Council, heavy vehicle charges would be automatically increased by 3.7 per cent for 2020–21.

"Due to economic conditions facing the industry and the impact of the drought resulting in reduced freight volumes in regional Australia, ministers have proposed a lesser increase of 2.5 per cent over each of the next two years."

Consultation closes Friday, February 28, 2020. 

All feedback will be provided to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development for consideration, NTC says. 

The consultation paper is available here.

 

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