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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
24 ALC POLICY ALC POLICY on Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment Reform The ALC initial response supports the objectives of COAG's Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment Reform to increase ef ciency, productivity and reliability, and to encourage asset owners to act as if they are providing fee for service, rather than being passive 'asset protectors'. ALC will support proposals that: • produce a road user charge that is transparent and justi ed • apply to all heavy vehicles and operators in a way that neither cross-subsidises different classes of vehicle, nor discourages the use of more productive vehicles in the long run • impose less wear on infrastructure • only collect the ef cient cost of providing and maintaining roads used by heavy vehicles • contain a rigorous compliance and enforcement regime to ensure everyone pays their way • develop incentives for vehicle operators that use ef cient automated paying arrangements. ALC supports a national approach, and the creation of a body called Freight Australia to play a key governance role in any new road pricing and investment reform arrangements. Taxpayer support for road infrastructure must continue. This is because 80 per cent of roads are owned by local governments and are not part of the National Freight Network, even though they might feed into it. The full policy can be found on the ALC website under Media Centre/Policies. continued from page 22