ALC puts NOS and urgency on Senate agenda

Peak body seeks speed on implementing agreed HVNL amendments

ALC puts NOS and urgency on Senate agenda
The Senate chamber


The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has taken an opportunity to spruik its National Operating Standard (NOS) idea to a Senate committee

The move came as the peak body also urges Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) amendments agreed nationally by transport ministers be implemented swiftly.

The Infrastructure and Transport Ministers’ Meeting (ITMM) is due to consider HVNL reform proposals in May.

The policy advice is given before the Senate’s Rural and Regional Affairs Committee meeting in Canberra.

The committee is examining the importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry.

The ALC says its representatives "urged that any proposed amendments to the HVNL approved by the ITMM should be implemented within 12 months of the meeting, as recommended in the Conran review of COAG councils and ministerial forums".

Read about the ALC’s freight data standard concept, here

Acceptance of Conran’s advice led to the formation last October of the ITTM and a separate National Cabinet Reform Committee on Infrastructure and Transport.

"This is because the HVNL amendment process has been far too slow in the past, leaving the National Law to fall behind industry best practice," it adds.

The ALC also discussed with the Committee its Single Freight Data Standard concept for the National Digital Framework.

Focused on the movement of freight and heavy vehicles, it aims to "promote more efficient deliveries and lower prices for Australian consumers and will also help make certain Australia’s export-dependent economy can remain internationally competitive".

Details of the ALC’s freight data standard concept can be found here.


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