ATA calls for urgent review into Heavy Vehicle Laws

ATA CEO wants action this week on review into NHVR

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) believes the current laws governing the road transport industry are flawed and need to be reviewed.

The ATA CEO Ben Maguire has today called on the nations transport ministers to back what he says would be an urgent a review into Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

And he says that review needs to be undertaken by an independent and eminent Australian from outside the transport sector.

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The state and federal ministers will meet with the Infrastructure Council on Friday and Mr Maguire has told that the HVNL must be on the agenda.

“The review should focus on road access approvals and the prescriptive work and rest hours, including work and rest hour tolerances for electronic work diaries,”

“The heavy vehicle permit approval system for road access within the HVNL states is a barrier to productivity and investment, particularly for oversize/overmass operators.

“Access permits are a problem that needs to be fixed urgently, but the ATA’s understanding is that ministers won’t be asked to approve the terms of reference of the review till November,”

“We cannot wait until November while loads are stuck beside roads across Australia.

“The terms of reference should be prototyped this week, before the meeting, so the review can get started.”

The HVNL applies in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

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We will keep you updated as further details come to hand.

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