Views sought on annual adjustment to heavy vehicle road user charges16 February 2015
Stakeholders have been encouraged to submit their views on the annual change to the road user charge on fuel for heavy vehicles.
CEO of the NTC Paul Retter said the NTC had commenced the routine consultation process to obtain views and evidence from stakeholders to help inform the Australian Government when they set road user charges on fuel for heavy vehicles for the 2015-16 financial year. The annual adjustments take place between more wide-ranging determinations on heavy vehicle charges.
Currently the NTC’s draft recommendation is that heavy vehicle road user charges would increase by 0.6 per cent from 1 July this year, bringing the total road user charge on fuel to 26.3 cents per litre. However Mr Retter said this was subject to approval by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss in his capacity as Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development who would take into account the views and evidence provided by the Australia’s transport industry and other stakeholders.
Mr Retter said the minister had asked the NTC to conduct a 60-day formal consultation process on his behalf to ensure the government had access to the best and most relevant information.
“We are consulting with Australia’s transport industry and other stakeholders before providing our final recommendation for consideration by the minister,” Mr Retter said.
The revenue from the road user charge on fuel contributes to road infrastructure spending by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.
Mr Retter said the formula used for the annual charges was set in the Model Heavy Vehicle Charges Act 2007, but interested parties had the right to submit their views before the minister makes his final decision.
A copy of the NTC’s consultation report is available here and submissions can be lodged between now and 17 April 2015.
Last Updated: 18/11/2016