The planned independent price regulator for truck charges must have the power to regulate toll road and landside port charges. Extra local government road use charges must be banned, this ATA submission says.
Transurban’s draft undertaking to the ACCC does not address the ATA’s concerns about the proposed acquisition of WestConnex.
The National Transport Commission should change a draft amendment to the heavy vehicle standards that would require all trailer safety equipment to be connected to its hauling vehicle – even if it cannot be connected.
Automated driving systems must be subject to independent, no-blame safety investigations.
The load restraint provisions in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) conflict with the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADGC) and must be fixed.
The ATA has raised competition concerns about the proposed acquisition of WestConnex by the Sydney Transport Partners Consortium (STP), including Transurban.
There is a pressing need for a regulatory and tax reform agenda to enhance productivity and investment in the trucking industry, and as a result, underpin the competitiveness of Australian businesses and supply chains.
The Australian Trucking Association is strongly disappointed in the combined approach of governments to improve heavy vehicle rest areas and the lack of priority it places on safety and addressing fatigue for drivers.
Concerns have been raised in the industry about the interpretation of possible rear light configurations when additional “tail/stop/indicator lights are added to vehicles (trailers).
The amendments to the HVNL in the Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Act 2016 and this bill are important to the safety of trucking businesses and road users generally. The NHVR and industry bodies have delivered extensive training about the amendments up and down the supply chain. As a result, the ATA considers that the amendments should be proclaimed and brought into force as soon as possible, with minimal or no delay.