Industry wins in national law changes: ATA
Queensland has passed the first of two bills that will start the process of changes to the Heavy Vehicle National
Law (HVNL) in all the administrations where it applies.
The Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment
Bill introduces changes to the chain of responsibility and heavy vehicle registration processes, Queensland transport minister Mark Bailey says.
“An extensive consultation program was conducted with industry stakeholders so that all of those involved in the transport of goods by heavy vehicles are aware of their ongoing responsibilities,” Bailey says.
“The changes, which come in from 1 July this year, will allow the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to establish a national operator fleet dataset to support the regulator in performing its functions and delivering future productivity and safety benefits.
“I am confident that the support and guidance that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is providing to industry will assist them in preparing for these changes.”
Australian Trucking Association (ATA) chair Geoff Crouch says his organisation and its member associations had advocated for the development and extension of the truck safety laws since 2012, and labelled the news “an important win for the industry”.
“These new laws mean customers and trucking businesses have to focus on developing and maintaining appropriate safety systems,” he says.
The new laws extend the chain of responsibility concept to cover vehicle maintenance and repairs, extend due diligence obligations on companies to ensure chain parties comply with their primary safety duty and increase the maximum penalties for serious cases.
“An extensive consultation program was conducted with industry stakeholders.”