ATA and NatRoad welcome Heavy Vehicle National Law in Queensland

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and NatRoad have both applauded Queensland Parliament’s agreement to the Heavy Vehicle National Law Bill 2012, which lays the foundation for the establishment of a National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) from 1 January 2013.

According to ATA Chairman, David Simon, the national truck laws passed by the Queensland Parliament are a huge step toward improving safety and reducing red tape for the trucking industry.

“I believe that having national laws and the national regulator will improve safety. Quite simply, operators and drivers are more likely to comply with fatigue and speed requirements that are consistent across state borders and clearly based on safety evidence,” Simon said.

“In addition, the national regulator will be able to deliver consistent enforcement across the country, and the ATA wants it to have a strong focus on educating the industry’s customers about their safety obligations.”

Meanwhile, NatRoad President Geoff Crouch said that the decision was in line with the motion carried at NatRoad’s Annual Conference held earlier this month.

“I am very pleased that the Queensland Parliament has listened to the heavy vehicle industry and agreed to this important national reform,” said Crouch.

“While an amending bill is still required to address outstanding industry concerns, yesterday’s historic decision will enable the appointment of the NHVR Board, Regulator and key staff and firmly places the impetus on all other States and Territories to mirror the Queensland legislation to facilitate consistent national application of the laws by 1 July 2013.”

In early August, Australian transport ministers agreed to an amending bill, but requested that the provisions relating to executive officer liability and chain of responsibility be reviewed.

The laws passed this week will formally establish the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Before the national laws come into full effect, the Queensland Parliament will need to pass a second, amending bill and the other states and territories in the national system will need to pass their own legislation.

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