Jun 26, 2009

Road User Charge adjusted

Road User Charge adjusted

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

24 June 2009

Following a significant increase in road spending by governments across Australia, the Road User Charge imposed on Heavy Vehicles will be adjusted from 21 to 21.7 cents per litre effective from 1 July 2009.

The adjustment was recommended by the National Transport Commission after extensive consultations with the industry.

The adjustment is part of the important microeconomic reform introduced in January 2009 that makes sure the trucking industry continues to pays its fair share of the road construction and maintenance costs incurred by governments – a principle supported by previous Federal governments as well as the trucking industry.

The industry has also endorsed the calculations used to determine the adjustment.

Just as commercial rail, shipping and aviation companies must pay competitive rates for the infrastructure they rely on, it is only fair the trucking industry contribute to the road infrastructure it uses.

For our part the Rudd Labor Government is making an unprecedented $28 billion investment in the nation’s road network.

Part of this funding has been dedicated to the first ever Federal program – the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program – dedicated to building additional roadside facilities for truck drivers including new and refurbished rest stops, parking bays and decoupling areas.