ATA lauds ministers' decision on HVNL reform

Peak trucking body says over 131,000 businesses will be saved from more red tape

ATA lauds ministers' decision on HVNL reform
Final legislation on HVNL reform will be presented to ministers in mid-2023

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has revealed a key takeaway from the transport ministers’ meeting with regards to the Heavy Vehicle National Law review.

Under planned changes to the national truck laws, trucking businesses will not need to hold a special business licence or meet a mandatory national operator standard, it notes.

The decision comes following the transport ministers’ meeting last week on how to complete the review of the HVNL.

The ATA states that the move will help save 131,580 businesses from more red tape.

"The ATA argued strongly against trucking business licencing or proposals for a national operator standard," ATA CEO Andrew McKellar says.

"An independent report we commissioned with NatRoad showed that trucking business licensing could involve licensing 131,580 businesses at a total cost of $3.2 billion over ten years.

"And yet the National Transport Commission was unable to identify any clear safety benefits from the option.

"We are very pleased that transport ministers have listened to the views of the ATA and our members.

"We are looking forward to working with governments to complete the review and deliver a new version of the law that will increase safety and productivity."

The official communique from the meeting says final legislation will be presented to ministers in mid-2023.

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