Greg Martin announced as chair of the NTC

Greg Martin fills the hole left by Michael Deegan's departure to Infrastructure Australia

Greg Martin has been appointed Chair of the National Transport Commission (NTC), filling the hole left by Michael Deegan’s departure to Infrastructure Australia.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese made the announcement today while also appointing Professor Frank Muller as a commissioner of the government body.

Martin and Muller have been appointed until April 2011.

Albanese says both appointees will make a strong commitment to removing cross-border inefficiencies crippling transport industry productivity.

"I look forward to working with Mr Martin and Professor Muller, as well as the other commissioners, to achieve long overdue and enduring reforms to the way we regulate the nation’s transport sector," Albanese says.

Martin has extensive experience in the transport industry, previously heading the infrastructure and main roads departments in Western Australia.

Martin is currently Professor of Planning and Transport Studies at Curtin University of Technology and the Executive Director of the Planning and Transport Research Centre of Western Australia.

Muller’s background is in environment and energy use, which he has used to advise governments on business and climate change policy.

Muller is also part of the University of New South Wales’ Institute of Environmental Studies and Climate Change Research Centre.

"He has over 30 years of experience in environmental, energy and land use policy both here in Australia and in the United States," Albanese says.

Both are expected to play a key role in the Government’s move to create a single licensing and registration system for the trucking industry and a single safety investigator and a single safety regulatory for the rail industry.

Albanese says the Government is committed to creating streamlined regulations, saying doing so may deliver $2.4 billion to annual GDP.

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