For Immediate Release
Effort provides worldwide best practices for policy development and project implementation for Western Australia’s first heavy vehicle charge project
Reston, VA — August 21, 2015. D’Artagnan has been awarded a contract to support Main Roads Western Australia introducing a Heavy Vehicle Charge (HVC) on a 50-mile (85-km) freight route between Fremantle Port and Perth’s strategic industrial areas. The Perth Freight Link project provides a free flowing, fully grade separated, high productivity freight roadway connection for light and heavy vehicles; and is the largest infrastructure investment in Western Australia totaling over A$1.6 billion dollars ($1.1 billion). The project will introduce a distance-based user charge on heavy vehicles over 4.5 tons and generate revenue to repay a portion of the capital costs of the project (with the rest being provided by State and Federal contributions), and provide a sustainable source of funds to maintain and renew the corridor while providing funds for other projects to enhance road freight productivity. D’Artagnan is supporting Main Roads Western Australia’s Heavy Vehicle Charge project by initially providing a report on worldwide best practice for road charging. This report brings together experience of jurisdictions around the world in implementing similar systems. The nature and scope of the Perth Freight Link Heavy Vehicle Charge project is similar to systems developed for projects of a larger in network scale such that the principles and issues remain the same.