High productivity vehicle costs and selected freight policy implications

Jurisdictional freight strategies seek (among other matters): increased road freight efficiency to best utilise existing road assets; increased freight utilisation of the [remnant] long distance rail network; and promotion of inland freight routes. The compatibility of these distinct policy objectives seems to be assumed. The 2015 ATRF High Productivity Vehicle (HPV) Access and Commodity Characteristics paper demonstrated the importance of commodity flows and logistics on potential freight route diversions which changes the evaluation of HPV infrastructure investments. Another important matter is the impact of HPV operator costs on competing freight routes with different HPV and mass limit access. Operator cost models should have sufficient sensitivity to differentiate freight commodities, HPV types and routes. This paper describes the development and application of a bespoke HPV road freight operational model (RFOM) for two long distance corridors. It was developed using 2015 capital and 2014/15 operational data from manufacturers, suppliers and a small number of medium road freight operators. This overcame the commercial in confidence issue. The paper also outlines RFOM tests. It contrasts selected performance measures of different HPV types, and one of four freight commodities/ trailers with the RFOM results. Use of the RFOM allows the potential road freight operator response to distinct freight policy positions to be assessed more thoroughly. The RFOM results for Performance Based Standard level 2B (PBS2B) A-Double use on a long distance coastal route at General and Higher Mass Limits are stated. These results are contrasted with higher order HPV types on a competing inland freight route. The implications for the coastal rail route are discussed. This research has implications for the three above freight policy matters. This includes HPV type productivity, jurisdictional cost recovery of infrastructure investment for increased HPV access and HPV access and long distance freight road and rail competition.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 14p
  • Monograph Title: 38th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF 2016), Melbourne, 16th - 18th November 2016

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  • Accession Number: 01627445
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 27 2017 10:10AM