The Business Council supports the implementation of Heavy Vehicle Road Reform by Australia’s governments, which will lead to more efficient provision and use of road transport infrastructure. This submission makes the following four key recommendations:
- The introduction of direct heavy vehicle charging should occur within five years, and the scheme should be extended to all other vehicles in line with the Infrastructure Australia recommended time line.
- The independent price regulation for heavy vehicle charges should be carried out through a national framework. In the absence of a national pricing and access regulator, the ACCC is currently the preferred body for this function.
- The independent price regulation for heavy vehicle charges should include access to both merits review and judicial review.
- The framework for the independent price regulation for heavy vehicle charges should be designed so that it can eventually be expanded to all vehicles on Australian roads.