NTC reviewing national engine brake noise laws

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is currently reviewing issues surrounding the implementation of the national standard for engine brake noise.

NTC project director, Neil Wong, said the review aimed to explore the barriers to implementation and options to achieve the reform’s intended outcomes.

“Engine brakes are an important safety device on trucks; however if they are used with poorly maintained and defective mufflers, the resulting loud ‘bark’ can interrupt sleep and other activities,” Wong said.

Some state governments have run trials to gain a better understanding of enforcing the standard; however the reform is yet to be fully implemented. The NTC will provide advice to transport ministers by the end of 2012.

Established by the Australian Transport Council in 2007 and in cooperation with all state transport ministers, the national standard for engine brake noise restricts heavy vehicle access to residential roads.

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