Inconsistent defect notices and inspection policies must be fixed in the new truck laws.
Any changes to fatigue management in the national truck laws must treat drivers like humans – not machines.
The ATA’s submission on effective fatigue management to the national truck law review calls for more flexible fatigue management, simplified rules and record-keeping, and a reduction in the penalties for work and rest hour record-keeping offences.
The ATA’s fatigue management plan would deliver substantial benefits including:
More productive heavy vehicle access is a critical public policy goal that would benefit Australian consumers and businesses. Better access lowers freight costs, which ultimately means more local jobs.
Modelling from Deloitte Access Economics shows that trucking contributes to the cost of everyday consumer goods. For example, trucking makes up 4.4 per cent of the cost of a beer, 4.1 per cent of the cost of fruit and vegetables and 2 per cent of the cost of personal electronics.
Quicker refuelling and greater vehicle range are a potential opportunity for hydrogen fuelled heavy vehicles. However, take up within industry will remain low until refuelling infrastructure is in place, it is demonstrated that whole of life cycle running costs reduce and hydrogen fuel cell heavy vehicles become commercially available.
The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) has not driven reductions in transport emissions in the road freight sector as it fails to enable the increased uptake of everyday business practices which would move more freight with less emissions.
Boosted safety and productivity for the trucking industry must be a priority in the national transport regulatory reform agenda
The Heavy Vehicle National Law must be substantially redrafted, the ATA’s submission in response to the first issues paper of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review says.
The NSW road train modernisation program has, as a result of mandating triaxle converter dollies unreasonably disadvantaged at least the better designed air suspension tandem converter dollies. There does not appear to have been consideration for converter dollies operating in more populous areas where they will likely be subjected to an increased frequency of more “significant” (high pressure) braking events due to actions by other road users.
The Heavy Vehicle National Law has failed to achieve its economic objectives, this independent report from Deloitte Access Economics shows. The report puts forward 16 policy suggestions for reforming the law, which would reduce the industry’s vehicle operating costs by 3.7 per cent and save a typical Australian household more than $400 per year.
The ATA has called for the next Australian Government to take action on fuel security.
The trucking industry depends on diesel. Without diesel to fuel our trucks, Australia’s supermarkets would be empty.
Australia has signed an international treaty that says we will maintain an emergency stockpile of 90 days worth of liquid fuel. In December 2018, there was only 22 days of diesel in the whole of Australia.