NatRoad calls for overhaul of ‘poor’ HVNL
The National Road Transport Association wants a complete overhaul
THE NATIONAL Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has called for a complete overhaul of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) in its submission to a Queensland government committee inquiry into the law.
One of the messages NatRoad says it communicated to the parliamentarians at a public inquiry is that the current HVNL is “poor”, adding that “the prescriptive nature of the law makes it complex and difficult to comply with”. It also advised it is “illogical to give the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) responsibility for issuing permits when NHVR can’t make decisions about local or state road access.
“NatRoad members will not get the benefits they want to see in productivity and safety until the regulator is given the proper level of legislative authority to act in the national interest, and for the industry,” it says.
It asked the committee to recommend a root and branch, evidence-based review of the HVNL that draws on the views of industry, the business community, all levels of government and all road users. It is a call the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) supports.
The Australian Trucking Association has endorsed proposed HVNL changes that would introduce a primary safety duty into the law, as well as extending chain of responsibility to cover vehicle maintenance and other specified non-COR offences, saying this would create a consistent approach to executive officer liability.
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) argues against any COR exemptions, saying that absolving a particular business type from COR would set a precedent resulting in other lobby groups seeking similar exemptions for its members.