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HVNL Changes must be passed and brought into force

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26 April 2018

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has backed a Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry recommendation to pass the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

 “These amendments are important to the safety of trucking businesses and road users and should be brought in as soon as possible” ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said today.

“Together with amendments passed in 2016, the new laws introduce a primary safety duty, extend the chain of responsibility to cover vehicle maintenance and repairs, and impose explicit due diligence obligations on executives,” he said.

The inquiry recommendations match those outlined in an ATA submission, which recommended HVNL amendments should be brought into force as soon as possible.

“These new laws will require customers and trucking businesses to increase their focus on developing systems to maintain safety,” Mr Crouch said.

Additionally, the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry has recommended a possible review of the HVNL, which backs calls from the ATA and its members for the planned review of the HVNL in 2019 to be brought forward to commence in 2018.

“This review needs to focus on road access approvals and prescriptive fatigue law hours, including work and rest hour tolerances for electronic work diaries,” Mr Crouch said.

“Some trucking operators are facing delays of 80 to 100 days for route permit approvals. The current legislation does not support a modern economy,” he said.

In comments to the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) have said the current legislation is not fit for purpose and does not allow the NHVR to deliver the reforms they were set up to do.

“Australia has the fifth largest freight task in the world and is essential to the Australian economy. It is vital we have the appropriate legislation in place to reflect this,” Mr Crouch said.

Read the ATA submission into the HVNL and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 below.