National truck laws

The recent ATA General Council meeting focused on the planned national truck laws, with a discussion about the amendments needed to make them work.

Councilors debated the future of the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS), stamp duty, the burden of proof under chain of responsibility and heavy vehicle access to local roads.

“I was able to report we are working closely with the NHVR project office as it develops the second national heavy vehicle law bill, which will amend the bill currently before the Queensland Parliament,” said ATA Policy Manager, David Coonan.

ATA Chief Executive, Stuart St Clair, added, “Australia’s transport ministers have agreed the Heavy Vehicle National Law Bill 2011 will need to be amended before it takes effect. The ministers propose to enact these amendments in a separate bill to be introduced in 2012.”

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