Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge frozen for another year

Media Release

WT189/2015

25 June 2015

Truckies and other heavy vehicle operators around the nation will benefit from an extension to the current freeze of the heavy vehicle Road User Charge. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the charge will remain at the current 26.14 cents per litre for the 2015–16 financial year.

“This decision is good for the heavy vehicle industry and the national economy,” Mr Truss said.

“By maintaining the rate of the Road User Charge for a third year, the Australian Government is doing its bit to support heavy vehicle productivity, while ensuring the sector pays its share of road maintenance and construction costs.

“It will reduce the cost of doing business for operators and support productivity in those sectors of the economy that rely on heavy vehicles to supply business inputs and deliver products to markets.

“The annual saving to industry in 2015–16 is estimated to be $11 million and follows findings by the National Transport Commission that the Road User Charge has been over-collecting in recent years.

“I am sure this decision will be welcomed by the road transport industry which as a whole employs almost 400,000 Australians.”

The freeze was agreed to following extensive consultation with the sector earlier this year.