NatRoad calls for over­haul of ‘poor’ HVNL

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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.

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