Analysis of toll charges for freight vehicles in Melbourne

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are becoming a popular method of providing new major freeways in Australian cities. Private investors need to recover their investment costs by charging road users. Freight vehicles are typically charged tolls based on the road sections that they use, vehicle size and the period of time (day, night, peak, off-peak, etc). Currently there is no well accepted basis for determining these charges in Melbourne. As a result, there is a large variation in charges for freight vehicles when using different road sections. This paper presents a comparison of the toll levels charged for freight vehicles on sections of Melbourne’s two toll roads, CityLink and EastLink. An analysis of the charges incurred by freight vehicles for using difference sections of CityLink and EastLink shows that there is considerable variation for trips along each toll road. The direct, social and environmental costs of trucks using different sections of the toll roads and alternative roads are compared. Differences in operating costs are also presented. Such analysis can provide a basis for road pricing and relate it more to the operating and infrastructure management costs as well as user benefits.

Language

  • English

Media Info

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

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01627388
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 27 2017 10:03AM