Truckies hit with new toll in trial
THE Courier-Mail revealed the Federal Government is seeking submissions to make heavy-vehicle road users pay "location-specific" charges, in addition to existing registration fees and fuel taxes.
The report said some Queensland councils are backing the move, worried that road-building revenue generated from the fuel excise could dry up as more motorists turn to driving electric or fuel-efficient vehicles.
The Government is eyeing a trial of the charge, which would make trucking operators pay to run their vehicles on specific roads in return for certain benefits, such as relaxed operating restrictions, better curfew times and improved road conditions.
The Government insists a trial will only go ahead if there is evidence that the proposed scheme will benefit trucking companies, and that the trial is optional.
Australian Trucking Association spokeswoman Emily Mills said the organisation supported the trial and recognised that businesses wanted "better access for upgrades in order to increase productivity".