RIS and rail fatigue forums on the way

The RIS on changes to rail fatigue laws released this month as NTC prepares to hold series of consultation forums

February 20, 2012

A regulatory impact statement on proposed changes to rail fatigue laws will be unveiled this month and accompanied by a series of consultation forums throughout Australia.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) says the RIS will outline proposed options to further regulate the work and rest of rail safety workers. The document will be released publicly on February 27.

Consultation forums will follow in March, with events scheduled for Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.

Those interested in attending the forums, to be held between March 5 and 15, can register to attend here.

People can also contact the NTC on 03 9236 5000 or via email for more information about the RIS or the forums.

Fatigue laws will be overseen by National Rail Safety Regulator, which will commence on January 1 next year to replace the seven regulators currently in place. The reform, similar to national heavy vehicle regulations, is designed to improve safety, productivity and efficiency.

"Businesses within the rail sector which operate across state borders will have a single national set of rail safety regulations to adhere to, unlike the seven sets of regulations in place today," the NTC says.

"For example, under the new system, businesses will only have to gain accreditation once and be covered for operation right across Australia."

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