20 December 2019

The ALRTA has lodged a comprehensive submission to the National Transport Commission (NTC) review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).  The submission includes 108 individual recommendations for improving the law.

ALRTA National President Stephen Marley said that it was important for industry associations to identify both regulatory problems and potential regulatory solutions.

“The ALRTA HVNL Review submission has been developed after conducting a detailed grass-roots member survey, considering seven NTC issues papers, attending thirteen workshops around Australia and consulting with ALRTA State Member Associations and our elected National Council,” said President Marley.

“Perhaps not surprisingly, our members have identified a wide array or problems with the current HVNL and the broader heavy vehicle regulatory environment in which it operates.  However, there was no shortage of opinions on how to fix the current problems.”

“The submission includes recommendations relating to legal principles, vehicle standards, access, fatigue, accreditation, use of technology, risk assessment, licencing, registration, training, compliance, enforcement and cross-border recognition.”

“I am confident that the ALRTA submission will be of great assistance to the NTC when shortlisting reform options to be included in a consultation regulatory impact statement in 2020,” he said.

The ALRTA submission can be found here.

Australian Transport and Infrastructure Ministers will consider NTC reform recommendations in November 2020.

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