Australia can fix road and rail transport, if we change how we do it

Source: Infrastructure Partnerships Australia -

20 January 2016

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia: A new approach to transport would see existing taxes and fees on motorists abolished, in favour of a new system that would charge motorists and freight vehicles according to where, when and how far they drive – with the ACT being urged to offer itself up to trial different approaches.

“Our figures show Canberra suffering similar problems to Sydney and Melbourne, with the Territory’s congestion costs doubling to $400 million in the next 14 years.” said Brendan Lyon, IPA’s Chief Executive.

“At its most fundamental, transport is broken because we don’t have the money needed for new and renewed infrastructure and we use the networks we have very poorly.

“This problem can and will be fixed by pricing reforms that spread capital city peaks, better recover freight costs and make the system fairer and better for motorists.

“Our modelling shows that a fairer and better pricing system would have a tiny, 37 cent per week impact on the average Canberran road user, but would give them better maintained, safer roads and faster journey times.

“It’s understandable that people will be concerned about change, which is why we need a detailed process and real world trials.

“Canberra’s integration between local and state government powers means it could play an important role in testing technologies and models to fix transport.

“The transport network is costing us time and money, because we cannot afford the new road and rail infrastructure we need, and we use what we already have badly.

“While it’s easy for people to get scared of a pricing system based on time, distance and location of travel, our modelling shows it would fix most of the problems and give motorists much better travel times, for much fairer costs.

“The NRMA and other peak motoring groups support a process to fix road pricing, because it’s the key to better roads and better transport.


Jonathon – ‘typical’ commuter

Mary – student

Chris – delivery driver



Stamp duty, registration and fuel excise fees are abolished and replaced with:

The three scenarios are examples only and are not indicative of possible funding that could be collected by the Government.




Nathan Alexander 0438 380 464


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