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New heavy vehicle advisory group established to address regulatory issues affecting operators

A new heavy vehicle advisory group has been established to address regulatory issues affecting trucking operators.

Western Australian Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien last month formed the Ministerial Heavy Vehicle Advisory Panel in what he says is in response to concerns from the industry over onerous regulations.

O’Brien says the panel will advise him on road transport issues to ensure the industry operates efficiently and safely while maintaining its competitiveness.

“It will also advise on concerns raised by sections of the transport industry on the imposition of national requirements which could impact on the efficiencies of local transport,” O’Brien says.

“While some national requirements may suit the smaller geographic states, we need to ensure those same requirements do not hold Western Australia back in developing innovative solutions to our transport needs.”

The panel is already raising concerns, which include the livestock transport concession loading scheme and trailer deck length regulations.

O’Brien says the panel will also investigate heavy vehicle permit and concession loading schemes as well as the license training and testing system.

The panel is chaired by transport industry professional Howard Croxon and includes Transport Forum Chief Executive Ian King.

The Government has also appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Transport Minister Bill Marmion, with Main Roads Executive Director Des Snook joining him.

Industry consultant Ian Tarling has also been given a seat on the panel.

The advisory team was announced on February 27 O’Brien says it will be “a fresh voice” on industry matters.

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