The Key Factors that Influence Freight & Haulage Costs

This article was published on: 21 Sep 2021

What is heavy haulage?

Heavy haulage is the transport of oversized goods and equipment with specific vehicles. A heavy haulage provider serves their clients for their oversized transport needs, from large-scale industrial machinery to agricultural supplies to temporary buildings. Many of our clients want to know the factors influencing the cost of our heavy haulage, so we thought we’d break it down a little. 

What are the different fixed costs involved? 

Market Characteristics 

One factor impacting the price of your heavy haulage is the current market a provider is working in. Is it a saturated industry, or do they have full reign over the local market? Is there a huge demand for haulage services at the moment?

In Australia, trucking keeps our industries alive. Therefore heavy haulage is a competitive industry, with many companies offering country-wide service. So if you’re looking for a heavy haulage provider in Australia, the companies are up against some stiff competition. 

Vehicle Registration

One factor affecting freight rates is mandatory heavy vehicle registration. In July 2020, in WA, heavy vehicle registration went up by 2.5 per cent. A heavy haulage provider has to account for these costs which are all a part of what you pay for your transportation. Keep in mind truck maintenance and repair is also a factor in how much our services cost!

Fleet Insurance

Insurance for a heavy haulage provider is one of the highest overhead costs we pay. The companies insurance covers the cost of your goods if something is lost or damaged. A haulage quote may be lower due to the company not having insurance. 

One piece of advice: Always ask to see insurance. 

Government regulation 

How does government regulation affect the freight industry’s bottom line? According to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, solo drivers cannot work more than 12 hours in a 24 hour period, and in this period, there must be at least seven continuous hours of stationary rest time. This is to ensure the health and safety of our drivers and reduce the amount of driver fatigue. 

What are the different variable costs involved?

Fuel Costs

How much fuel will be used by the fleet in haulage also affects the variable cost. Keep in mind, the price of fuel affects this too! As fuel prices decrease, trucks and fleets become cheaper to run, reducing your transporting price. And vice versa! 

Amount, Frequency & Distance

How much is there and what do you need to transport? How many vehicles and personnel will we need to transport it? Is this a recurring haulage? Where are we transporting these goods to? The volume and frequency of haulage factor into the price. Including whether we need any materials to package the oversized load. 


Depending on the route taken for your heavy haulage, there may be road tolls included, or we may need to organise a road closure. Depending on the type and size of the load, we may even need a traffic warden or a police escort. Plus, when oversized load transportation goes interstate, it needs legal authorisation and licensing to ensure your shipment gets to its destination on time and with all the required documentation.

As you can tell, this takes a lot of planning and paperwork to organise the necessary traffic management solutions and plan the most cost-effective route. 

Why trust Hevi Haul for your haulage needs? 

If you choose Hevi Haul as your abnormal transportation solution, you know your logistics needs are met with over two decades of expertise in this industry. We are respected amongst our peers and trusted as your end-to-end provider for heavy haulage. Please reach out to us to arrange a quote or booking. When you book with Hevi Haul, you know you are in the safest hands. Contact one of our friendly team members at Give us a call on (08) 9356 9799 or email We look forward to meeting you!

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