Truckies weigh in
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.
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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.