Turnbull is considering charging you a whole new way for driving your car…

There could be major changes coming to our road and vehicle costs, with a new report recommending drastic changes to
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There could be major changes coming to our road and vehicle costs, with a new report recommending drastic changes to the way the government charges drivers for using our roads.

The report by the Productivity Commission or Infrastructure Australia said the government should abolish car registration fees and fuel excise and charge drivers only when they use the roads instead.

Th report delivered 80 recommendations overall, which it said could boost the economy by $40 billion and save the average household $3000 a year.

One of its most surprising recommendations was that registration fees and the fuel excise (currently at 38.6 cents per litre) be scrapped in place of a pay-as-you-go model for drivers.

The idea is that people will save money by avoiding high registration and fuel costs and only pay when they use the roads.

These savings could particularly benefit seniors who often find themselves driving less and less as they grow older.

The proposal almost sounds too good to be true, but Malcolm Turnbull has already said he welcomes the report’s findings and has indicated the government will look at taking on the recommendations.

While many Australians would no doubt welcome the scrapping of high rego fees and fuel excise, there is no word yet on just how much drivers would be charged to use the roads under the new model.

A similar program is already underway in London where motorists are charged between $2.00 and $23.00 a day to drive through the city’s CBD; this is on top of their registration and fuel costs.

Some voters believe the government will wait to bring the recommendations to the table at election time later this year. If so, voters will have to wait to see if the Coalition will follow through and keep its word.

Would you support a pay-as-you-go model? Do you think current registration and fuel costs are too high?

  1. hmmm. I can’t see why he would suddenly change his mind about the peasants paying less….. And fuel tax is a huge component. To replace that, surely the costs would be horrific.

  2. hmmm. I can’t see why he would suddenly change his mind about the peasants paying less….. And fuel tax is a huge component. To replace that, surely the costs would be horrific.

  3. Thats all very well but what about us who live in the bush?? To go to town I have a 130 kilometre round trip so how much is marvellous malcom going to rip me off for this time?? Don’t know if this is a good idea or not but like a lot of ‘thought bubbles’ we’ll wait and see.

    • Peter Warren  

      Just take public transport, Rosemary…….yes, I’m joking…..I’m in a pretty similar boat to you…..they would have to be very careful how it was structured…….

  4. Thats all very well but what about us who live in the bush?? To go to town I have a 130 kilometre round trip so how much is marvellous malcom going to rip me off for this time?? Don’t know if this is a good idea or not but like a lot of ‘thought bubbles’ we’ll wait and see.

  5. While I welcome the idea generally, as for 9 /10 of the year we just use the car locally.. but what about the grey nomads out there who love to take the vans up north each year.. how will this impact on them?

  6. While I welcome the idea generally, as for 9 /10 of the year we just use the car locally.. but what about the grey nomads out there who love to take the vans up north each year.. how will this impact on them?

  7. may be it would have helped to have a photo of an australian car interior for this aussie story. steering on the wrong side here.

    • Photo that I am looking at shows the correct side ?? Can’t see it working too many variables , transport, public transport, emergency vehicles, grey nomads etc .

      • Dennis Hewitt  

        Maybe the pic has been flipped? That’s easily done with something like Photoshop. The driver is wearing her watch on the wrong wrist. Ha ha, good try, S @ S. 😉

  8. may be it would have helped to have a photo of an australian car interior for this aussie story. steering on the wrong side here.

    • I think the days of Australian made cars are numbered. Ford, Holden and Toyota will end Australian production in 2016 and 2017. Design will still be done here. Another industry of massive job losses.

    • After seeing this comment I had another look at the initial photo. The steering wheel is on the correct side for Australia.

  9. And another charge from someone who has a car and driver provided, and doesn’t pay for the privilege!!

  10. And another charge from someone who has a car and driver provided, and doesn’t pay for the privilege!!

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