Have your say on proposed national laws

The National Transport Commission (NTC) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Project Office (NHVR PO) are reminding Australians to have their say on a proposed new national law set to streamline heavy vehicle regulation and compliance across Australia, before it’s too late.

The public consultation period on the Draft Heavy Vehicle National Law will close on 6 May 2011.

As part of the public consultation, the NTC and NHVR PO have conducted 18 information forums throughout metropolitan, rural and regional Australia. The NTC and NHVR PO have used these forums to explain how the proposed law will work, how to make a submission, answer questions and listen to feedback.

NTC’s Project Director, George Konstandakos, said that the proposed law harmonises heavy vehicle laws across the nation making it easier for businesses to operate across state and territory borders.

“We have been receiving some great feedback on the proposed law from the transport industry through submissions and forums,” said Mr Konstandakos.

NHVR PO Director, Richard Hancock, added “We encourage operators, drivers and others involved in the transport industry to tell us what they like about the proposed law, as well as any areas for improvement.”

Once the public consultation period closes, the NTC and NHVR PO will consolidate the feedback and conduct targeted consultation sessions to work through any remaining issues.

The final law and regulatory impact statement will be submitted to the Australian Transport Council in mid-August 2011 for voting.

Instructions for lodging a formal submission can be found by visiting the NTC website.

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