Heavy Vehicle Charging Trials

The Australian Government is working with state, territory and local governments, as well as industry and community stakeholders, to progress Heavy Vehicle Road Reform.

The goal of this national reform is to turn the provision of heavy vehicle road infrastructure into an economic service where possible. This means creating better links between the needs of heavy vehicle users, the level of service they receive, the charges they pay, and the investment of those charges back into heavy vehicle road services.

Transitioning to a more transparent, fair and sustainable system is complex, requiring substantial policy, financial, institutional and governance changes by all levels of government, as well as the understanding and involvement of the heavy vehicle industry to participate in new investment decision-making and charge setting processes. On-road trials are an important way for governments to test how new systems will work.

Well-designed trials can bridge the gap between concept and practice creating a tangible link to the end state for reform, and have a critical role in building government, industry and community confidence in reform. Trials can also test specific elements of a reformed system, such as technology, implementation issues, costs of delivery models and which charging systems best meet the needs of both road users and governments.

For trials to be successful at progressing reform there is a need to provide national leadership and coordination and to foster local level industry and community support. This is why the Australian Government is exploring trials at both the national and local level through a National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot, and a Business Case Program for location-specific trials. These two strategies are guided by a set of Principles and Objectives to ensure heavy vehicle trials support national reform.

In early-2018, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will be seeking volunteers to participate in the National Pilot, with stage 2 (simulated charging) expected to commence in 2018. More information will be available closer to this time. If you would like to provide feedback, please send an email to hvrr@infrastructure.gov.au.

Please see the links below for more information and regular updates.