Heavy vehicle charge freeze continues

Heavy vehicle owners will see no increase in registration and fuel charges in 2017-18, after transport ministers last week agreed to continue the ‘freeze revenue’ approach originally agreed upon in November 2015.

According to the National Transport Commission (NTC), this means that owners will continue to experience small reductions in heavy vehicle charges while governments retain their capacity to build and maintain roads.

As a result, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) expects that the effective fuel tax on trucks will decrease from 25.9 cents per litre now to about 25.3 cents per litre from 1 July 2017.

Bill McKinley, CEO of ATA, said the ministers’ decision was another win for the ATA and the industry.

“The ATA called in the 2016 election campaign for the effective fuel tax on trucks to be reduced. This decision delivers the goods,” he said. “Although the ATA welcomes the decrease in charges, the truck and bus industries will still be overcharged by more than half a billion dollars over the next two years.”

The approved heavy vehicle charges will apply from 1 July 2017 for 12 months.

In addition, the NTC said it will continue its technical work supporting Heavy Vehicle Road Reform.

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