Research report to CP Rail: final report: highway cost allocation in Australia

Australia places great reliance on road freight transport. As a country of vast distances and relatively small population base, Australia has placed considerable emphasis on optimizing heavy vehicle operations in relation to the characteristics of the road system. This has required cooperation between the road freight industry and road authorities, and considerable research support. Australian practice with respect to road cost allocation, truck size and weight limits, road freight operations and associated standards and regulations has evolved rapidly over the past 15 years. In order to obtain information on the subject of highway cost allocation as practised in Australia, CP Rail formulated key questions related to the contributions of trucks and the environment to road wear and the costs of maintenance and upkeep, and related to revenues paid by truck operators and regarded as cost recovery for road wear. These matters cover a broad range of historical, technical and policy issues and have been researched by Road User Research Pty Ltd with the assistance of RA Pearson and Associates, Resolution Pty Ltd and Dr Don Kinder of the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB). Drawing on a wide range of expertise, this report attempts to produce balanced and factual responses to the questions formulated by CP Rail. To aid understanding of the variety of material and sources involved, an overview of relevant Australian institutions, organisations and practices is provided; each question is then discussed and responded to in detail, and finally a summary of the key issues and responses is provided.

  • Authors:
    • Sweatman, P
    • Gunning, R
    • Kinder, D
    • Pearson, R
  • Publication Date: 1990-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 82p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 89-90-16

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01432802
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:13PM