WA has win for operators
Councils can no longer charge for restricted access
AFTER months of back-and-forth discussions, Western Roads Federation is celebrating a win for its members, with the removal of local council road charging.
WRF chief executive Cam Dumesny said it had been a complex issue to resolve but he was thrilled that lobbying by the federation enabled Main Roads WA and the WA Local Government Association to come to an agreement.
“It proves that the industry can achieve results by working behind the scenes,” Mr Dumesny said.
“This has been a complex issue and one that could only be achieved through genuine goodwill on the part of Main Roads, local government and our affected Western Roads Federation members.”
WRF members raised concerns regarding charging by some local governments for issuing of a letter of support, known as the Restricted Access Vehicle permit condition CA07.
CA07 is a condition of access applied by Main Roads via a restricted access vehicle permit or order, which requires the transport operator to obtain a letter of agreement from the local government to access specific local roads.
Without the letter of agreement, the transport operator is not meeting the condition of access and is consequently breaching the permit or order and not legally allowed access to the local road.
Following representation by Western Roads Federation on behalf of its members, a determination was issued by Main Roads WA that charging for the CA07 was not the intent on the condition.
As such, local government has been advised that the CA07 will be removed.
Mr Dumesny said Western Roads Federation acknowledged that local governments needed to have some level of awareness of RAV access to their networks in order to meet asset management needs.
He said Main Roads, local government and Western Roads Federation were continuing to collaborate on an alternative to the CA07 that enabled local government to meet the needs of road asset monitoring.
Of the 188,000km national road network, an estimated 88 per cent of that falls under the jurisdiction of local councils.
Mr Dumesny said it was vital the industry as whole was engaged in any future road user charge reform.
USER PAYS: Main Roads is continuing to work with local government and the WRF to develop an alternative to the CA07 condition.