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National heavy vehicle registration charges

The majority of heavy vehicles with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) greater than 4.5t operating on Australian roads has charges regulated to recover costs for building, maintaining and operating the road network. These costs include:

  • heavy vehicle registration charges administered and collected by state and territory governments; and
  • the Road User Charge (RUC) levied on fuel used by heavy vehicles on public roads during the financial year, this revenue is administered and collected by the Australian Government.

The Transport and Infrastructure Council (the council), a forum of ministers from the Australian, state and territory governments periodically determines the process for calculating charges necessary to be applied to heavy vehicles.

The council considers advice from the National Transport Commission (NTC), an independent transport body, however not all jurisdictions have adopted the process of consistent heavy vehicle charges.

Heavy vehicle registration

Heavy vehicle registration charges are implemented in Queensland through the approval of amendments to the Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2010.

The allocated heavy vehicle charges for the majority of jurisdictions include 2 components:

  • a road use component contributing to cost recovery of road infrastructure that supports heavy vehicles; and
  • a regulatory component that directly funds the cost of operating the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). 

Registration Charges (2018-2019)

Registration charges for heavy vehicles to apply for 2018-2019 financial year and those that apply for a selection of heavy vehicles are set out in the tables below.

Trucks 2 axles cost 3 axles cost 4 axles cost 5 axles cost
Truck (type 1)        
– road use component $412 $720 $720 $720
– regulatory component $195 $230 $245 $245
         
Truck (type 2)        
– road use component $720 $817 $817 $817
– regulatory component $255 $325 $346 $346
         
Short combination truck
– road use component  $720 $817  $1,695 $1,695
– regulatory component
$285 $362  $347  $347
         
Medium combination truck
– road use component $8,906  $8,906 $9,619 $9,619
– regulatory component
$648 $648 $701 $701
         
Long combination truck
– road use component
$12,312 $12,312 $12,312 $12,312
– regulatory component
$896 $896 $896 $896
Prime movers 2 axles cost 3 axles cost 4 axles cost 5 axles cost
Short combination prime mover
– road use component
$720 $4,108 $4,416 $4,416
– regulatory component
$404 $404 $404 $404
         
Multi-combination prime mover 2 axles cost 3 axles cost 4 axles cost 5 axles cost
– road use component
$10,421 $10,421 $11,463 $11,463
– regulatory component
$912 $912 $1,003 $1,003
Trailers Single axle or single axle group Tandem axle group Tri-axle group Quad-axle group Mutli-axle group—for each axle 
Pig trailer  
– road use component
$612 $1,224 $1,836 $2,448 $612
– regulatory component  $55  $56 $54 $56  $14
           
Dog trailer  
– road use component  $612 $1,224 $1,836 $2,448 $612
– regulatory component 
$55 $56 $54 $56 $14
           
Semitrailer
– road use component  $612 $1,556 $1,659 $1,660 $415
– regulatory component  $55 $56 $54 $56 $14
           
B-double lead trailer, B-triple lead trailer or B-triple middle trailer  
– road use component $612 $1,556 $1,659 $1,660 $415
– regulatory component $55 $56 $54 $56 $14
           
Converter or low loader dolly
– road use component $nil  $nil $nil $nil $nil
– regulatory component
$55 $56 $54 $56 $14
Buses 2 axles 3 axles 4 or more axles
Bus (Type 1)    
– road use component
$309    
– regulatory component $204    
       
Bus (Type 2)
– road use component
$309 $2,260 $2,260
– regulatory component
$334 $414 $414
       
Articulated bus  
– road use component   $309 $309
– regulatory component    $331 $331
Special purpose vehicles Cost
Special purpose vehicle (type o)
– road use component $375 + $375 for each axle in excess of 2 axles 
– regulatory component  $202
   
Special purpose vehicle (type p)
– road use component  $nil
– regulatory component  $nil
   
Special purpose vehicle (type t)
– road use component  $300
– regulatory component  $202
Vehicle type Registration cost from 1 July 2017
    Road use component  Regulatory component  Total
2 axle rigid truck Up to 12t $412 $195 $607
  Over 12t $720 $255 $975
3 axle rigid truck Up to 16.5t $720 $230 $950
Over 16.5t $817 $325 $1,142
4 axle twin steer rigid truck Up to 20t $720 $245 $965
Over 20t $817 $346 $1,163
2 axle short combination truck & 2 axle dog trailer Up to 42.5t $1,944 $341 $2,285
3 axle short combination truck & 3 axle dog trailer Up to 42.5t $2,653 $416 $3,069
3 axle medium combination truck & 3 axle dog trailer Over 42.5t $10,742 $702 $11,444
2 axle short combination prime mover and single axle semitrailer   $1,332 $459 $1,791
3 axle short combination prime mover and tandem axle semitrailer $5,664 $460 $6,124
3 axle short combination prime mover and 3 axle semitrailer $5,767 $458 $6,225
7 axle B-double $13,533 $1,024 $14,557
8 axle B-double $13,636 $1,022 $14,658
9 axle B-double $13,739 $1,020 $14,759
B-triple $15,398 $1,074 $16,472
Type 1 road train $13,739 $1,076 $14,815
Type 2 road train (AB-Triple)    $15,398 $1,130 $16,528
Type 2 road train $15,398 $1,186 $16,584
BAB-Quad $17,057 $1,184 $18,241

Further information about the charges to apply for the period 2018-2019 is available on the National Transport Commission website.

Registration Charge Concessions

A person using their heavy vehicle while engaged in a specified purpose that is referred to under Division 4 Concessional registration fees for Category 2 vehicles of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2010 (Qld) may apply to the Chief Executive of the Department of Transport and Main Roads for a concessional registration for a heavy vehicle. This concession applies to the road use component of the registration charge.

Heavy vehicle reform

Queensland is participating in the Heavy Vehicle Road Reform (HVRR) project and details about the HVRR is available on the Transport and Infrastructure Council webpage.

Last updated
22 August 2018