National regs NTC's key achievement in a busy year


Work on overhauling inconsistent trucking regulations listed as NTC’s highest achievement in its annual report released this week

By Ruza Zivkusic | November 2, 2011

Work on overhauling inconsistent trucking regulations is the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) highest achievement, according to its annual report released this week.

NTC CEO Nick Dimopoulos says the law is a culmination of "considerable work" on consolidating 12 model laws and resolving 360 variations across the country in partnership with its stakeholders.

"It is a significant step in the journey towards implementing a single National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for Australia," Dimopoulos says.

"Implementation of the regulator will mean a safer and more productive heavy vehicle industry. It will put an end to the costly and confusing variations in heavy vehicle laws across the country, making it easier for industry to operate across state and territory borders."

Significant progress on the proposed rail safety national law has also been made, with the NTC set to release the proposed law for public consultation next financial year.

"Like the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator project, the National Rail Safety Regulator project has the capacity to revolutionise Australia’s transport industry. The proposed law will remove the inconsistency in legislation that currently exists and facilitates the sharing of best practice in safety across the country – benefits well worth striving for," Dimopoulos says.

Throughout the year, the NTC has worked closely with Infrastructure Australia (IA) to develop a national ports strategy, which is in its final stages of development and will be submitted to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) for approval later this year.

It has also developed a national in-vehicle telematics strategy to provide a clear and consistent policy for technology use.

The NTC has also gone abroad to sell its message, with the annual report highlighting the group’s attendance at high profile events.

These include the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Japan, the National Transport Development Policy Committee in India and at the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee in the USA.

The NTC also held a series of forums during March and April on national trucking regulations, with over 750 stakeholders attending the forums across 18 locations in Australia.

The report highlights an exciting and productive 12 months at the NTC, Dimopoulos says.

"Over the past year we have focused on consistently delivering on one of our most ambitious work programs to date," he says.

"With the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator set to deliver around $12.4 billion worth of savings over 20 years, as well as delivering a range of safety and productivity benefits, we’re immensely proud of our continuing contribution to this project."

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