Trans­port re­form on track: NTC

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Ret­ter as­sures that progress con­tin­ues to be made on ma­jor items

THE ADOP­TION of na­tional trans­port re­form con­tin­ues to trend in the right di­rec­tion, Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion ( NTC) chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Ret­ter says, given the find­ings of the fifth edi­tion of the Na­tional Trans­port Re­form Im­ple­men­ta­tion Mon­i­tor­ing Report.

“The report pro­vides an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment on how well the Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Coun­cil’s na­tion­ally agreed trans­port re­forms are be­ing im­ple­mented in prac­tice,” Ret­ter says.

The lat­est edi­tion of the report cov­ers progress on im­ple­ment­ing re­forms dur­ing the 2016-17 fis­cal year. High­lights in­clude: • Most ju­ris­dic­tions (ex­clud­ing WA and NT) are now op­er­at­ing un­der the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law ( HVNL), with the last re­main­ing mile­stone of the orig­i­nal reg­u­la­tory re­form due on 1 July 2018 when the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor plans to have a reg­is­ter of heavy ve­hi­cles avail­able for use • The fifth HVNL amend­ment pack­age was ap­proved by the Queens­land par­lia­ment in De­cem­ber 2016 ahead of an an­tic­i­pated im­ple­men­ta­tion in mid-2018 • All states and ter­ri­to­ries have now passed en­abling leg­is­la­tion for the ap­pli­ca­tion of the Rail Safety Na­tional Law ( RSNL) • The first and sec­ond RSNL amend­ment pack­ages have been im­ple­mented in seven ju­ris­dic­tions • Heavy Ve­hi­cles Stan­dards Rules are now in­cluded in the HVNL, and the Aus­tralian Light Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Rules, ap­proved by Coun­cil in May 2016, will ap­ply to light ve­hi­cles in the fu­ture. In an aspect high­lighted in last year’s report, he report again in­cludes an as­sess­ment of dero­ga­tions from uni­form, na­tional laws, with the aim of high­light­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther har­mon­i­sa­tion.

“Over the past year we’ve seen some progress in key ar­eas of re­form, and we’re en­cour­aged by the level of en­gage­ment we have with state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments on the crit­i­cal is­sue of na­tional con­sis­tency,” Ret­ter adds. “It’s im­por­tant that we con­tinue to ex­plore ways to op­ti­mise the ef­fec­tive­ness of our ex­ist­ing laws and reg­u­la­tions – with road and rail safety at the fore­front - while also mak­ing it eas­ier for in­dus­try to op­er­ate across borders.”

Ret­ter also ac­knowl­edged the con­tri­bu­tions made by state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor, the Na­tional Rail Safety Reg­u­la­tor and Trans­port Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Australia in the de­vel­op­ment of the report.

“Over the past year we’ve seen some progress in key ar­eas of re­form”

Paul Ret­ter

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