Fletcher in truck charg­ing ten­der call

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Ten­ders for work on the first stage of Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Charg­ing Pi­lot

CAN­BERRA HAS called for ten­ders for work on the first stage of the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Charg­ing Pi­lot amid a back­drop of in­dus­try dis­plea­sure over its cur­rent tax­a­tion bur­den.

Na­tional and state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments have com­mit­ted to the re­form the cur­rent heavy ve­hi­cle user charg­ing sys­tem from pay-as-you-go, fuel- ex­cise-based charg­ing to di­rect “user charg­ing”.

Part of that re­form process will be a se­ries of tri­als and pi­lots to test al­ter­na­tive ap­proaches.

The step is the first in a two-stage ‘proof of con­cept’ ex­er­cise, in­volv­ing desk-top stud­ies and then sim­u­lated charg­ing, up to 2020.

Two live stages will fol­low, with an opt- on pi­lot and an im­ple­men­ta­tion ef­fort, to be con­ducted from 2020.

“The Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle User Pi­lot will lay a foun­da­tion for later on-road tri­als, which will test if we could re­place the ex­ist­ing heavy ve­hi­cle user charge with a di­rect user-pays charg­ing sys­tem,” fed­eral ur­ban in­fra­struc­ture and cities min­is­ter Paul Fletcher, who is in charge of the project, says.

“The re­search and plan­ning work to be un­der­taken dur­ing Stage 1 of the Na­tional Pi­lot will pro­vide some of the an­swers and in­form how the on-road stages of the Na­tional Pi­lot can best be im­ple­mented.”

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pi­lot is vol­un­tary and will be open to heavy ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors across the coun­try – giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­pa­nies to pro­vide feed­back on their ex­pe­ri­ences and views with­out com­mit­ting to any ac­tual pay­ments or mak­ing changes to leg­is­la­tion.

Paul Fletcher

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