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Public consultation underway on independent price regulation for heavy vehicle charges

Media Release

PF019/2017

25 May 2017

The Australian Government has today released a discussion paper on options for an independent price regulator for heavy vehicle charges.

Heavy vehicle operators currently pay for access to public roads through the federally managed fuel‑based road user charge and through state government vehicle registration fees. While the National Transport Commission makes an annual recommendation to governments regarding the level at which these charges should be set, governments have the final say.

Independent price regulation of heavy vehicle charges would enable a regulator to determine road user charges for heavy vehicle operators at arm’s length from government. Charges would be designed to more directly and effectively link user charges to government expenditure on roads.

The discussion paper outlines three options for which entity could take responsibility for independent price regulation. The Australian Government is seeking input from stakeholders on the merits of independent price regulation and which organisation would be best placed to carry out this task.

This reform forms part of the commitment by COAG to accelerate reform of heavy vehicle user charging.

The Australian Government invites comments on the discussion paper by close of business on Friday, 14 July 2017. The discussion paper and comments form are available here infrastructure.gov.au/heavy on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s website.