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Independent Price Regulation of Heavy Vehicle Charges

17th December 2019

COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – Transport and Infrastructure Council

On 22 November 2019, the Transport and Infrastructure Council of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to develop the next stage of heavy vehicle road reform [PDF document], including the independent setting of heavy vehicle charges, for consultation and further approvals. This follows on from the November 2018 decision to develop a national service level standards framework for roads.

The Transport and Infrastructure Council agreed in May 2015 to a Heavy Vehicle Road Reform program that included in-principle agreement to implement a forward-looking cost base for road expenditure and independent price regulation. The desired objective of the reform program is to improve customer focus for heavy vehicle road users, linking their needs with the level of service they receive, the charges they pay and the investment of those charges back into heavy vehicle road services.

A Decision Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS), which examined the costs and benefits of different approaches for progressing phase two of the reforms, informed the Transport and Infrastructure Council decision. The DRIS was assessed by the Office of Best Practice Regulation as compliant with the COAG Best Practice Regulation requirements.

A Consultation RIS was previously prepared.


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