NEW APPROACH TO REGULATION ON POINT
A RECENT column titled “Regulator – Good Cop V Bad Cop?” by ATA CEO Ben Maguire received a number of nods from readers, who agreed on a carrot v stick approach to regulation.
■ Bob P: If I go fishing in the bay, I have to keep out of the shipping lanes and stay away from commercial vessels.
If I fly my Cessna into a major airport, I have to keep out of the way of large aircraft and stay away from commercial operations.
If I drive my truck into an Inter-modal depot, I have to keep off the railway tracks and avoid vehicles with restricted manoeuvrability.
BUT, when I drive my B-Double on a freeway, I have to watch out for every knuckle head going.
■ Brian C: Spent 40 years assessing heavy vehicle accidents and most two or more vehicle accidents car were at fault.
Very rarely did media report anything other than truck hit car regardless of fault.
■ Brendan S: Ben is correct in regards to this very good article.
WA, with its huge highway network, covering enormous distance have subsequently developed the most common sense version of industry compliance.
We can only hope if regulations become National, they study and adopt a good chunk of the WA model.
■ Scott B: I’ll say it again, there is a policy white paper compiled by now retired liberal senator Michael Ronaldson titled “fighting Australia’s over-regulation”.
It is not industry specific but does explain why over regulation exists, government control and all associated making their jobs appear more important and thus making them more secure.
ATA CEO: Ben Maguire says drivers are more often than not without fault in crashes.