Re­view HVNL says Qld com­mit­tee

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Par­lia­men­tary group note changes will need min­is­te­rial OK

QUEENS­LAND PAR­LIA­MENT’S TRANS­PORT and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee has urged a re­assess­ment of the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law (HVNL) be car­ried out in a re­port, but there are some pos­si­ble hur­dles in the ad­vice.

“The com­mit­tee also notes that any re­view of the na­tional leg­is­la­tion would need to be con­sid­ered and agreed to by the Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture Coun­cil,” it says in its Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law and Other Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment Bill

2018 re­port. “While the com­mit­tee notes that this is a mat­ter for the Min­is­ter, it con­sid­ers that it would be pru­dent that the Min­is­ter con­sult with his in­ter­state col­leagues on whether there is a need for a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the HVNL as sug­gested by stake­hold­ers.”

The Queens­land trans­port depart­ment (TMR) ad­vised that the start date for the three phases of chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity (COR) in ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer li­a­bil­ity pro­vi­sions within the HVNL is to yet to be con­firmed but is ex­pected to start this cal­en­dar year.

This, how­ever, must fol­low the pas­sage of a fur­ther HVNL amend­ment Bill in the sec­ond half of the year, “sub­ject to par­lia­men­tary pro­cesses”.

Nonethe­less, the com­mit­tee de­cided that stake­hold­ers af­fected by the change were be­ing given am­ple time to pre­pare for their new obli­ga­tions, but added that ex­ist­ing pro­vi­sions in the WHS leg­is­la­tion and the pro­posed pro­vi­sions in the HVNL would re­sult in the same out­comes for vol­un­tary di­rec­tors.

Re­gard­ing the ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages of the reg­is­tra­tion be­ing state and ter­ri­tory based, with only the data­base main­tained by the NHVR, the com­mit­tee merely pointed to the depart­ment’s po­si­tion that “this was a de­ci­sion made by the Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture Coun­cil in re­view­ing the leg­is­la­tion and poli­cies”.

“The ad­van­tages of course are sim­plic­ity around pro­vid­ing the in­for­ma­tion quickly and be­ing able to pro­vide it to the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor sim­ply out of a cen­tral repos­i­tory,” the depart­ment says. “There is al­ready a cen­tral repos­i­tory that ex­ists for all ve­hi­cles, which is NEVDIS [Na­tional Ex­change of Ve­hi­cle and Driver In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem] run by Aus­troads, and they are ef­fec­tively pulling the in­for­ma­tion out of that sys­tem so that the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor can man­age the heavy ve­hi­cle fleet.

“The dif­fi­culty of course with full tran­si­tion to the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor would be cus­tomers be­ing able to pay for their reg­is­tra­tion, go to cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tres et cetera. They can still do that with the state based sys­tems. Ob­vi­ously this is a point in time. These things may be re­viewed in the fu­ture.”

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