As part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review, the National Transport Commission (NTC) has released the first in a series of eight issues papers asking for public feedback on the regulatory style and structure of the HVNL.
The first issues paper, titled ‘A risk-based approach to regulating heavy vehicles’, is seeking views from all individuals and organisations on how the HVNL can be made outcome focused and less prescriptive while ensuring safety and promoting productivity.
NTC Acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Geoff Allan said “We are taking a first-principles approach to this review. Rather than looking at the current law as a starting point, we want to identify and test existing assumptions to develop the best options”.
“The aim is to deliver an entirely new law and we want to give everyone affected by the HVNL an opportunity to have a say in shaping these reforms.”
The paper states its purpose is to:
- describe good regulation and options for regulatory approaches;
- summarise the current state of the HVNL;
- identify and confirm problems with the current law; and
- seek preliminary views on the ways we can improve heavy vehicle regulation.
Participants are being asked to provide their written submissions and online feedback by Friday 31 May 2019.
The next two issues papers, due to be released in late April, will explore safer vehicle and effective management.
The first issues paper and further information can be found on the HVNL Review microsite: https://www.hvnlreview.ntc.gov.au/.
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