Increase to heavy vehicle charges

In December, the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) of State and Territory transport ministers agreed to a proposal to increase Heavy Vehicle Charges by 2.5% in 2021-22.

This increase would apply to both Registration Fees and the Road User Charge (RUC) levied on fuel.

This is significantly lower than the estimated 13.4% increase which would be required for cost recovery under the formulas in the annual adjustment formula in the Heavy Vehicle Charges Model Law.

The lower rate follows on from the Government’s decision to freeze charges for three years (2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21) and to freeze revenue for two years before that (2016/17 and 2017/18).

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released a draft consultation report and is seeking feedback by 12 March 2021.

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