Move to single trucking regulations on track: ATC


Implementing nationally consistent transport regulations is "well advanced", according to the latest ATC meeting

Move to single trucking regulations on track: ATC
Move to single trucking regulations on track: ATC
By Brad Gardner

Work into implementing nationally consistent transport regulations is "well advanced", according to the latest Australian Transport Council (ATC) meeting.

The ATC is in the process of developing regulatory impact statements on the move to a single national system for heavy vehicle regulation, rail safety regulation and investigation and maritime safety.

At today’s meeting, the nation’s transport ministers agreed on the need for the impact statements to thoroughly examine all possible options, to develop rigorous cost benefit analyses and for all jurisdictions to work together in progressing the new system.

"ATC noted that work is well advanced on the development of the regulatory impact statements," the communiqué from the latest meeting says.

Ministers also discussed the National Transport Plan, which included the economic framework, infrastructure planning and congestion and workforce planning and skills.

The ATC agreed to improve regulatory approaches to better align them with occupational health and safety laws.

According to the communiqué, this will be taken into account in the forthcoming review of the National Transport Commission (NTC).

Ministers also endorsed the work done by Victoria on infrastructure planning, investment and urban congestion.

"Ministers agreed that this work would be provided to Infrastructure Australia and the COAG (Council of Australian Governments) Infrastructure Working Group for their consideration," the communiqué says.

In line with a recent report by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), the ATC agreed any road pricing scheme or congestion charge must be considered at a local level.

Jurisdictions will now cooperate on developing a model for various pricing scenarios.

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