Truck­ies weigh in

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Ryan Mathe­son ryan. mathe­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

TOWNSVILLE truck­ies will play a role in the shap­ing of a pro­posed sin­gle na­tional heavy ve­hi­cle law de­signed to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity and safety.

The pro­posed law, to be ad­min­is­tered by the new Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor and the Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion, is ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional by Jan­uary 1, 2013, and will ap­ply to all ve­hi­cles with a gross mass of 4.5 tonnes plus.

The pro­posed law will stream­line re­quire­ments for in­ter­state op­er­a­tors and al­low them to fo­cus on grow­ing their busi­ness and im­prov­ing safety, not fill­ing in forms

The changes are de­signed to pro­vide a na­tional stan­dard and elim­i­nate vari­a­tions in heavy ve­hi­cle laws across Aus­tralia.

Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Di­mopou­los said the new laws were pre­dicted to de­liver about $ 12.4 bil­lion worth of sav­ings over 20 years.

‘ ‘ T h e p r o p o s e d

l a w w i l l i s s u e s , o t h e r s c o n c e r n i n g fa­tigue, ve­hi­cle stan­dards and ac­cess are more sig­nif­i­cant.

‘‘ The re­lease of the pro­posed law is a huge re­form mile­stone for Aus­tralia, as it paves the way for a fairer sys­tem.’’

Lo­cal op­er­a­tors will be given a chance to voice their opin­ions at a meet­ing to be held at the Mer­cure Inn on April 28.

The Draft Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law Reg­u­la­tory Im­pact State­ment and Draft Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law is at http:/ / ntc. gov. au/ view­page. aspx? doc­u­men­tid= 1931.

To book to at­tend the Mer­cure Inn meet­ing, call 1800 404 400.

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