National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot

Industry Briefing - National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot Procurement

The department is preparing to procure telematics devices and services, manual devices and services and third party invoicing services for a Large Scale On-Road Trial under its National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot.

Industry Briefings on these upcoming procurements were held via webinar on Friday 1 May. Both Industry briefing sessions were recorded and can be accessed via the links below.

Should you have any questions regarding these presentations please contact the National Pilot team at

The National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot (National Pilot) is an innovative industry partnership testing potential direct user charging options for heavy vehicles.

Two On-Road Trials will be delivered between 2019 and 2021.

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Interested in participating in the Trial?

How does the National Pilot work?

Quick facts

  • Participation is voluntary and no money will be collected.
  • No decisions have been made to change the way heavy vehicle charges are currently collected.
  • Any future decisions to implement a new way of collecting heavy vehicle charges would be informed by the real-life experience of industry, following a full evaluation of the National Pilot.

1. Small Scale On-Road Trial – July 2019 to January 2020

The Small Scale On-Road Trial started in July 2019 and finished in January 2020. A total of twelve heavy vehicle operators participated, contributing 259 vehicles. Trial participants collectively operated across all states and territories and included buses and rigid and articulated trucks. Telematics service providers collected monthly vehicle trip distance, fuel consumption and location data.

The trial tested whether telematics devices already installed in the participating vehicles could measure mass (weight) and distance effectively.

The following organisations participated in the Small Scale On-Road Trial:

  • Bridgestone Australia Ltd
  • Buslines Group Pty Ltd
  • Conroy Removals Pty Ltd
  • De Bruyn's Transport
  • EROAD (telematics provider)
  • John West Logistics Pty Ltd
  • J R Bulk Liquid Transport (Blu Logistics)
  • Nuline Charter Pty Ltd
  • Quinn Transport
  • Simon National Carriers
  • Coolibah Quarries
  • D & S Smith Haulage Pty Ltd
  • Toll Group
  • Transport Analytica (service provider)
  • Volvo Buses (telematics provider)
  • Volvo Trucks (telematics provider)

Small Scale On-Road Trial Evaluation Report

The Small Scale On-Road Trial Evaluation Report PDF: 824 KB ReadSpeaker is now available for download. You can also access a list of FAQs PDF: 281 KB ReadSpeaker DOCX: 1257 KB on the Evaluation Report.

2. Large Scale On-Road Trial – Commencing during 2020

Get Involved! Express your interest now to participate

The Large Scale On-Road Trial PDF: 206 KB ReadSpeaker will include up to 100 operators and 1,000 heavy vehicles. Recruitment is underway and is focused on smaller operators from key road freight sectors across every state and territory, including owner drivers and those who currently do not have telematics.

Benefits for Business

  • No financial outlay to businesses
  • Telematics devices or hubodometers installed and maintained in participating vehicles, of eligible businesses for the life of the trial
  • Compare and analyse your existing business running costs
  • Your opportunity to help inform and shape future policy

Interested? Contact the National Pilot team on 1800 065 113 Monday to Friday between 9am – 5pm AEST or email

National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot—Fact Sheet PDF: 611 KB ReadSpeaker DOCX: 3158 KB

Developing the Foundation for the National Pilot

During 2018-2019, The department, all levels of governments, industry and expert consultants collaborated to develop the foundation for the National Pilot. More detail on the Foundation projects can be found here DOCX: 1247 KB PDF: 236 KB ReadSpeaker

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