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Motor Tax Heavy Vehicles

Heavy Vehicle Motor Tax - 1st July 2017 

What has changed?  

From the 1st of July 2016 the motor tax charged for heavy vehicle in all states and territories of Australia (except Western Australia and Northern Territory) will have two parts;  

  1. a road use charge to recover the costs of road wear and tear (retained by States and Territories), and;    
  2. a regulatory component to fund the operations of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)    

For a breakdown of the new charges and a description of the different heavy vehicle types refer to the Breakdown of Motor Tax below.

What is the NHVR?  

On the 10 February 2014, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) commenced allowing the National Heavy Vehicle Regular (NHVR) to undertake a number of heavy vehicle regulatory functions on behalf of states and territories. The NHVR is based in Queensland and is Australian’s independent Regulator for all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass.    

Why has the change occurred?  

In November 2012 the Transport and Infrastructure Council (i.e. State and Territory Ministers) directed the National Transport Commission (NTC) to undertake a comprehensive review of the heavy vehicle charging system. In May 2013 the Council endorsed the NTC proceeding with a charges Determination on  the basis of its review recommendations.    

As part of the commencement of the HVNL the intergovernmental agreements between the Commonwealth and States and Territories provided that the ongoing costs of the NHVR would be recovered from the heavy vehicle industry through registration charges.  

The NTC conducted an extensive national consultation. For more information - Regulatory Impact Statement.  

The Heavy Vehicle charges in Tasmania are contained in The Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 and the amendments to this Act to reflect the new charges have been passed by both Houses in the Tasmanian Parliament.  

How is Motor tax calculated?  

Currently the motor tax Heavy vehicle pricing in Australia is based on a pay as you go (PAYGO) cost base that included a fixed annual registration charge (collected by jurisdictions) and a fuel-based road user charge (collected by the Australian Government).  

PAYGO aims to recover the attributable costs of road wear and tear for each vehicle type, and a share of common costs which benefit all road users.  

Heavy Vehicle charges from the 1st of July 2016 will initially be set under the Heavy Vehicle Pricing Determination and adjusted annually to enable charges to keep up with expenditure.  

Why are the prices different for each vehicle type?  

The current methodology for calculating the road user charge reflects historical average network-wide costs attributable to heavy vehicles. However, recovering costs in this way does not reflect the actual costs imposed by an individual truck on a particular route. This limits the extent to which existing road-user charging provides incentives for the efficient use of the road network.  

The Determination updates the assumptions and methodology on which charges are based using data, and changes the way charges are allocated across the articulated vehicle fleet to better represent the load carrying capacity that results in wear and tear on roads.  

This has resulted in a reallocation of charges among heavy vehicle types with charges for some heavy vehicle types increasing and others decreasing.  

Will I still be able to apply for 40% rebates of Motor Tax for Heavy vehicles?  

Tasmania will continue to offer the 40% rebate to eligible operators i.e. farming, interchangeable trailers and 3 axle buses.  The 40% rebate will be off both components of the Motor Tax (road use charge and regulatory component).  

How can I find out more about the national laws for Heavy Vehicles?  

For more information on the charges you can visit the National Transport Commission website at www.ntc.gov.au. For information on the National Heavy vehicle law (HVNL) you can visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulators website - www.nhvr.gov.au or call - 1300 696 487.  

Motor Tax Heavy Vehicles (Breakdown)

See individual tables for 40% rebate

Vehicle Type

Vehicle code

Road Component

Regulatory Component

Total

Rigid Truck

1R2          

$412

$199

$611

1R3          

$720

$235

$955

1R4          

$720

$250

$970

1R5          

$720

$250

$970

2R2          

$720

$260

$980

2R3          

$720

$260

$980

2R4          

$817

$331

$1,148

2R5          

$817

$353

$1,170

Short Combination Truck

SR2

$720

$291

$1,011

SR3

$817

$369

$1,186

SR4

$1,695

$353

$2,048

Medium Combination Truck

MR2

$8,906

$660

$9,566

MR3

$8,906

$660

$9,566

MR4

$9,619

$714

$10,333

MR5

$9,619

$714

$10,333

Prime Mover for Single Semi Trailer

SP2

$720

$411

$1,131

SP3

$4,108

$411

$4,519

SP4

$4,416

$411

$4,827

Prime Mover for
B-Double

MC2

$10,421

$929

$11,350

MC3

$10,421

$929

$11,350

MC4

$11,463

$1,022

$12,485

Bus

1B2

$309

$208

$517

2B2

$309

$340

$649

2B3

$2,260

$422

$2,682

AB3

$309

$337

$646

AB4

$309

$337

$646

B-Double lead trailer with GVM > 9t

TL1

$612

$55

$667

TL2

$1,556

$56

$1,612

TL3

$1,659

$54

$1,713

TL4

$1,660

$56

$1,716

Dog or Pig Trailer with GVM > 9t

TP1 TD1

$612

$55

$667

TP2 TD2

$1,224

$56

$1,280

TP3 TD3

$1,836

$54

$1,890

TP4 TD4

$2,448

$56

$2,504

TP5 TD5

$3,060

$70

$3,130

TP6 TD6

$3,672

$84

$3,756

TP7 TD7

$4,284

$98

$4,382

Semi-Trailer with
GVM > 9t

TS1

$612

$55

$667

TS2

$1,556

$56

$1,612

TS3

$1,659

$54

$1,713

TS4

$1,660

$56

$1,716

TS5

$2,075

$70

$2,145

TS6

$2,490

$84

$2,574


Vehicle Type

Vehicle code

Road Component

Regulatory Component

Total

Converter Dolly

TY1

$0

$55

$55

 

TY2

$0

$56

$56

 

TY3

$0

$54

$54

 

TY4

$0

$56

$56

 

TY5

$0

$70

$70

 

TY6

$0

$84

$84

Trailer with
GVM < 9t
(previously HTA)

HA1

$201

$55

$256

HA2

$200

$56

$256

HA3

$201

$54

$255

HA4

$200

$56

$256

Special Purpose Vehicles

Type P

PSV

0.00

0.00

0.00

Type T

TV1, TV2, TV3, TV4, TV5 and
TV6

$300.00

$205.00

$505

Type O

SV2

$375

$205

$580

SV3

$750

$205

$955

SV4

$1,125

$205

$1,330

SV5

$1,500

$205

$1,705

SV6

$1,875

$205

$2,080