This could also be a good way to bring in a VKT (vehicle kilometre travelled) charge, which would be much fairer to everyone than the present rego system.
Dave, I agree with your point about using a VKT to replace fuel excise. It would also be a fairer way to pay for car insurance, including CTP which in SA we pay for as part of the rego fee.
I disagree with you about fuel excise being a “massive cash cow”. The facts say otherwise. There is a good analysis of this on the Victorian PTUA website: https://www.ptua.org.au/myths/petroltax/
The technology to implement a VKT charge could also allow that charge vary according to the weight of the vehicle, time of day, and where it is being driven. That should satisfy the complaints of those who feel it would discriminate against rural people.
Total national revenue from road use was $27.8B in 2013-14, whereas only $75B has been committed to infrastructure spending (not limited to roads). So 75% is about right, going to general revenue.
The report from Parliament also shows that government(s) are under "pressure to secure other revenue streams .... that solves the revenue decline".
"Infrastructure Australia recommends reform to the whole system; that is, that all existing government road use taxes and charges be removed and replaced with ‘direct charging that reflects each user’s own consumption of the network, including the location, time and distance of travel, and the individual characteristics of their vehicle such as weight and environmental impact.’"
It sounds good in theory.
including the location, time and distance of travel, and the individual characteristics of their vehicle such as weight and environmental impact.’"
being very paranoid. this sounds like over the top individual tracking, (even though you are tracked with that mobile phone thing nearly everyone seems to be carrying these days), surveillance state, much?!