As part of its review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), the National Transport Commission (NTC) is asking for public feedback on its third issues paper Easy access to suitable routes which it released this month.
It says the purpose of the paper is to:
- summarise the current access arrangements under the HVNL, and in Western Australia and the Northern Territory;
- analyse issues with the current access arrangements under the HVNL and outside the law; and
- seek preliminary views on the ways we can improve heavy vehicle access.
NTC Chief Executive Officer Dr Gillian Miles says that access issues are complex and can cause problems for industry.
“Access is straightforward for many heavy vehicles, however operators of higher-productivity vehicles often need to apply for a permit, or operate under notice, which can result in delays and other costs. These costs affect all Australian businesses and households,” she said.
“We also need to manage our road infrastructure effectively. We need to find the best way to make sure we allow heavy vehicles access wherever it is safe and sensible and, in doing so, make access decisions quickly, consistently and transparently.”
Following consultation on the eight issues papers it will be releasing, the NTC said it will develop a consultation Regulation Impact Statement for comment before taking recommendations to ministers in November 2020.
The NTC will be accepting written submissions and online feedback on the Easy access to suitable routes issues paper until 16 August 2019. The paper can be found here.
Further information about the NTC’s open and forthcoming consultation phases can be found on the HVNL Review microsite.
It is still inviting feedback on its Effective fatigue management issues paper which it released in May.
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