Freight Network improvements in focus

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack has reminded stakeholders that the second intake of the Government’s 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.

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.

Mr McCormack said road 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.

“Road freight is the engine of our economy and roads are our most valuable infrastructure asset,” Mr McCormack said.

“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.”

Mr McCormack emphasised 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.

Proposals for the second intake of the Australian Government’s Trials Business Case Program must be submitted by 15 February 2019.

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