A future strategy for road supply and charging in Australia

A more transparent and efficient model for investment in roads and charging for their use is overdue. The road freight sector can be a significant contributor to economy wide productivity improvements. However, the full potential of the sector will not be realised unless investment in roads to improve access for freight vehicles is better targeted and more efficient than at present. A series of recent and current reviews have primarily focused on road freight user charging models. Enhanced charging mechanisms are desirable but given road freight’s relative unresponsiveness to changes in charges, we consider an improved investment model is the first priority for road reform. It will achieve the greatest productivity enhancements. We have developed a set of staged recommendations that will enable a shift to a more mature, demand-led, road freight investment and charging model over the short and longer term. It has elements of the proven models applied in other sectors but is tailored to fit the unique characteristics of the road network, the diversity of the freight industry, the existing institutional framework, and currently available data and technology. It also has potential to be extended beyond the road freight sector to broadly encompass all road investment.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 75p

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  • Accession Number: 01481758
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 21 2013 10:54AM