NatRoad calls for rethink on heavy vehicle laws

Road Transport industry group says review of HVNL needed

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There are fresh calls for a rethink on Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) with NatRoad calling for a government review.

The calls come following the road transport industry association giving evidence to a Queensland Parliamentary inquiry examining changes to the HVNL.

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NatRoad saying the current HVNL is poor and needs to be reviewed in its entirety, immediately.

The association saying in a statement today that it has been more than five years since the law came into effect and it is time that it was assessed for its usefulness in delivering safety and productivity to the sector.

In addition, Western Australia and the Northern Territory need to adopt the changed law so that the rules about heavy vehicles are the same Australia-wide.

Some of the issues that NatRoad believes need attention include situations where local government is making decisions on road access, instead of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

This recommendation should be given critical priority as the HVNL is currently not fit for purpose and is not allowing the industry to operate in an efficient way.

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We will keep you updated in regards to future developments around the calls.

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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