Live­stock carters strap in for ma­jor chal­lenges

ALRTA sure a de­ci­sion has been made on heavy ve­hi­cle charg­ing re­form

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AUS­TRALIAN LIVE­STOCK and Ru­ral Trans­porters As­so­ci­a­tion (ALRTA) ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mathew Munro tells

ATN he is sure a de­ci­sion has been made on an al­ter­na­tive sys­tem for heavy ve­hi­cle charg­ing and the gov­ern­ment is look­ing to road-test it.

ALRTA reck­ons it will “al­most cer­tainly” in­volve: • Mass-dis­tance-lo­ca­tion charg­ing sys­tem

for gen­eral road use • For­ward-look­ing cost-base so that

charges are col­lected in ad­vance • To­tal heavy ve­hi­cle charges in­creased to build bet­ter road in­fra­struc­ture that de­liv­ers im­proved safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity • Col­lected money must be spent on roads but with some level of cross­sub­sidi­s­a­tion to as­sist net­work build­ing • Lower-tier ru­ral and re­mote roads are un­likely to re­ceive greater fund­ing and will in­stead rely on ‘com­mu­nity ser­vice obli­ga­tion’ pay­ments to main­tain a min­i­mum stan­dard • An in­de­pen­dent body to de­ter­mine the

to­tal over­all charge • All par­tic­i­pat­ing ve­hi­cles will re­quire a

telem­at­ics sys­tem • Sup­ple­men­tary lo­cal charg­ing sys­tems will also be al­low­able. These will fo­cus on pay­ment for im­proved ac­cess. The ALRTA also re­cently met with the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor and Aus­tralian Lo­gis­tics Coun­cil in Can­berra to start de­vel­op­ment of a reg­is­tered in­dus­try code of prac­tice for live­stock ef­flu­ent man­age­ment.

Op­er­a­tor con­sul­ta­tions will com­mence on the side­lines of the Live­stock, Bulk and Ru­ral Car­ri­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and ALRTA con­fer­ence to be held in Coffs Har­ a con­fer­ence later this month.

“The Ef­flu­ent Code will sit un­der the broader in­dus­try Master Code of Prac­tice that is be­ing de­vel­oped jointly by the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and ALC,” ALRTA says.

ALRTA na­tional pres­i­dent Kevin Keenan says regis­tra­tion of an ef­flu­ent code will be a gamechanger for the in­dus­try.

“Courts will use this doc­u­ment to de­ter­mine best prac­tice and whether or not chain par­ties have ac­tu­ally done ev­ery­thing rea­son­ably prac­ti­ca­ble to man­age load re­straint risks,” he says.

Be­low: Peter El­liot of the ALC, Aaron Moeller from the NHVR and Mathew Munro (ALRTA) dis­cuss the Ef­flu­ent Code

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