ALC welcomes NTC foray to improve safety

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) said it welcomes a proposal by the National Transport Commission (NTC) to improve the consistency of road rules in Australia by replacing the model law approach with a more nationally consistent applied law approach, which will see one state enact a law which other states and territories adopt in their own jurisdictions.

“Inconsistent national road rules just reinforces the perception of Australia as a country of eight separate nations,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director. “This is a good example of the unnecessary red tape faced by those companies operating across Australia. I am pleased the NTC has recognised the potential safety benefits of having nationally consistent road rules through an applied law approach which would improve efficiency and safety in the heavy vehicle industry.

“When transport operators move freight around Australia they are often confronted with inconsistent road rules which can make cross-border driving confusing, and in effect, more dangerous. Achieving a more consistent regulatory framework is an important step towards improving safety, not only for heavy vehicle drivers, but for all road users.

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