In­dus­try wins in na­tional law changes: ATA

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Queens­land has passed the first of two bills that will start the process of changes to the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional

Law (HVNL) in all the ad­min­is­tra­tions where it ap­plies.

The Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law and Other Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment

Bill in­tro­duces changes to the chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity and heavy ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion pro­cesses, Queens­land trans­port min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley says.

“An ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion pro­gram was con­ducted with in­dus­try stake­hold­ers so that all of those in­volved in the trans­port of goods by heavy ve­hi­cles are aware of their on­go­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” Bai­ley says.

“The changes, which come in from 1 July this year, will al­low the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor to es­tab­lish a na­tional op­er­a­tor fleet dataset to sup­port the reg­u­la­tor in per­form­ing its func­tions and de­liv­er­ing fu­ture pro­duc­tiv­ity and safety ben­e­fits.

“I am con­fi­dent that the sup­port and guid­ance that the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor is pro­vid­ing to in­dus­try will as­sist them in pre­par­ing for these changes.”

Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA) chair Ge­off Crouch says his or­gan­i­sa­tion and its mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions had ad­vo­cated for the de­vel­op­ment and ex­ten­sion of the truck safety laws since 2012, and la­belled the news “an im­por­tant win for the in­dus­try”.

“These new laws mean cus­tomers and truck­ing busi­nesses have to fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing and main­tain­ing ap­pro­pri­ate safety sys­tems,” he says.

The new laws ex­tend the chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity con­cept to cover ve­hi­cle main­te­nance and repairs, ex­tend due dili­gence obli­ga­tions on com­pa­nies to en­sure chain par­ties com­ply with their pri­mary safety duty and in­crease the max­i­mum penal­ties for se­ri­ous cases.

“An ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion pro­gram was con­ducted with in­dus­try stake­hold­ers.”

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