Fletcher in truck charging tender call
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.